Two months short of his third birthday in 2001, Connor, the perfect, happy, normal toddler who now cried too much and was losing all verbal language was diagnosed with autism. Connor’s mom, Tracie Carlos, transformed into, “Mother Bear wanting to protect her cub. I was angry, I was ready to fight, I felt powerless, and I felt helpless. I never asked for this…” Read Connor’s Gift: Embracing Autism in this New Age and you will witness the lows and the high points of Connor’s mom as she learned to accept the autism diagnosis and find inner peace. Parents bringing up a child with autism will relate to Tracie Carlos’ story.
What to tell you about this book with the eye-catching cover with the photo of a handsome young boy of 11 years, and the quote, A beautiful book about an incredible person…? This books starts like many others with a busy mom with three children who had this gut feeling about her Connor, “There was a knowing within me that something was not right. Once again I quieted that inner voice. I assumed it was just a case of WMS– Worrying Mom Syndrome.” However this book is not the typical how-to book with practical, simple tips on raising a child with autism. Readers do see the symptoms of a young child that led to evaluations that confirmed he had autism. We witness the struggle to find the correct therapy treatments and educational programs but mostly it focuses on how the author-mom found her way out of depression and despair.
You will learn how the mom’s power of positive thinking began to turn the tide, or begin to allow the pendulum to swing in the direction that feels best. Was she successful? Tracie writes that the evidence of success is JOY. In the last chapter when she feels God is backing her entire family she says, “I felt the relief sweep over me with such ease. This is how life is supposed to be lived”. Do you have faith? Do you believe in the power of positive thinking? Do you want your child schooled or educated? Add Connor’s Gift to your reading list and find answers to those questions.
Tracie’s winding journey to find contentment began when she accepted that there is no cure for autism. Her first step was to take control of how she felt, to guide her thoughts, to seek good things, and to flow love to those around her. That which she calls God held the answer for her. In a post she wrote on her blog entitled, “He got it right”, Tracie explains<As I ponder that time in my life now, certainly I remember those feelings that felt as though I was in a very dark tunnel with no hope of light entering and yet I see them from a very different lens than I did back then. I now see the beauty, the clarity, the expansion, the growth I went through, we went through as a couple, as a family and I have great appreciation for all of it. It was a precious, difficult yes, but a precious, precious time in our lives.>
You can either allow this current life experience to difine you or you can, with the power of your own thoughts, choose to focus in the direction of something that feels better. You and only you can choose a state of well being and happiness for yourself, your life will be slow to transform to a more positive state of being.
Tracie begins each chapter with excepts of comments she thinks Connor would want to express. For example, “Children with special needs or Autism are perfect just the way they are. We are reaching out to all of you. It is time for you to open and receive. More and more children are coming forth with gifts, talents, and showing you new ways of being. Embrace what you love, embrace ways of being that feel good and old ways will fall away.”
The last chapters are mostly about transforming your life. Tracie tells the reader, ” You can either allow this current life experience to difine you or you can, with the power of your own thoughts, choose to focus in the direction of something that feels better. You and only you can choose a state of well being and happiness for yourself, your life will be slow to transform to a more positive state of being.”
Therefore if you need an uplifting book try Connor’s Gift: Embracing Autism in this New Age and learn more from following Tracie Carlos’ links.
From Tracie Carlos web site:
Tracie is an excellent radio guest to book on your program. Her knowledge of Positive Thought, the Law of Attraction, and her special experiences with her autistic son, Connor, make for interesting and uplifting discussion whatever your program is.
Taken from the book: Tracie Carlos was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, east of Los Angeles. Tracie is a wife, and the mother of three children. Her youngest happens to have Autism as one of his many talents. She is an inspirational speaker, author (Connor’s Gift), writer, master Law of Attraction coach, specializing in what she refers to as being a master appreciator. Using her knowledge and inner knowing to guide her clients from all walks of life, she guides those looking for a deeper understanding from within and those who have children diagnosed with a disability such as Autism. She counsels those who wish to know their child on a deeper level by moving beyond words. Please visit Tracie’s websites, www.TracieCarlos.com , www.AwetismRules.com , blog.
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