Friday, October 28, 2011

Book Blog Tour: I Am In Here by Elizabeth M. Bonker and Virginia G. Breen


I Am in Here is a story about Elizabeth M. Bonker and her life with having autism. She cannot speak and finds her voice after she learns how to express herself through written words. This book is full of beautiful poems and other writings from Elizabeth as her mother comes alongside her to share about her triumphs and challenges. Elizabeth and her mother illustrate through this story how Elizabeth frequently experiences frustrations about wanting to speak the words in her head and wanting the people in the world around her to understand her and what she goes through better. Virginia's definition of “Why” and “How” people are also described throughout the book and encourages readers to try to and become “How” people.

Elizabeth shows her love and connection to God throughout different places in the book. I was inspired that she not only wants to help people like her who have autism but also people who are hungry, homeless, and sick. I liked that Virginia notices that there are two kinds of teachers, the kind that see students with special needs as students with problems to be endured and the kind that see them as treasures that are waiting to be unearthed. I also loved the beautiful description of how we should all be kind to one another because everybody is going through something.

This story of Elizabeth Bonker’s life can educate many people who want a deeper understanding about people with autism, from teachers, students, siblings, and parents to anybody else in our world who wants to understand these wonderful and often very gifted people a lot better.

Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary book from Revell for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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