By Chris Goodchild
This superbly illustrated, relocating and revelatory booklet will encourage readers to work out that it's always that which supplies us the private sorrow in existence that may deliver us the best pleasure. 'Welcome to my global. i've got autism. 'But A Painful reward isn't approximately my autism. it's in regards to the fight to be really ourselves on the earth. To be absolutely human, to the touch humans and to be touched by way of humans in go back. 'Autism is a blessing, a talented approach of seeing the realm. it's also deeply misunderstood. there's a lot speak of discovering a healing for autism, however it is barely our lack of ability to simply accept distinction that cries out to be remedied. 'Although autism is a present, it may be a painful present. i've got shared my woundedness in complete so you may be given the power to convey to gentle your woundedness. nice love and nice ache are a part of the non secular trip. anguish cannot merely holiday us down, it could additionally holiday us open. This publication is a pilgrimage of the brain to the center and is a sworn statement to the truth that it's not the absence of disorder that makes us who we're, yet our faithfulness in adversity that's the deeper degree. 'My private prayer is that each one who learn this publication can be encouraged to work out that it is usually that which provides us the inner most sorrow in existence which may deliver us the best joy.' Christopher Goodchild
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I felt vindicated and deeply affirmed in one fell swoop. This was a true awakening. Thought I began my introduction with the quotation, ‘Your joy is your sorrow unmasked’. As my sorrowful mask of normality is being shed, I can see now how other people’s normality was my path to insanity and suicide. Epilogue Jesus. I awake from darkness. The cloud of unknowing lifts. So too does my depression, like the mist at the dawn of a new day. I take my first gentle steps across this bridge. The bridge that now leads from my true and deepest self into the world.
I spent the night with him in the caravan. I looked into his face that night when he fell asleep in my arms. I loved him so much, I would do anything for him, but now the pain was too great, too great to do the one thing he would be sure to want above all else, which was for me to stay alive. That night in the caravan my heart splintered into a thousand pieces. My soul was in such agony that there are no words to convey the depth of desolation I felt at the time. My head was full of demons screaming at me; my soul offered no resistance.
I have no words left and everything is silent, like snow falling on snow. My prayer life entered into uncharted territory. ’ However, my prayer life was now fast moving away from all concepts and interesting quotations. Somehow there was real meaning to be found in remaining faithful in this time of overwhelming suffering. But now the only faith I had was with God, and God taking care of my soul after my death. I learnt at this time that it is not an absence of affliction or distraction that characterises a person of faith, but instead a deep desire to remain faithful when all seems lost.
A Painful Gift: The Journey of a Soul with Autism by Chris Goodchild