A Pair of Miracles by Karla Akins
A Story of Autism, Faith and Determined Parenting
About the Book: When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.
Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.
Thanks to Karla’s determination, faith, and unconditional love–and contrary to the doctors’ predictions–her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children’s ministry workers.
For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she’s already been.
My Thoughts: No one wants to hear that their child has any disability let alone something with such a stigma like autism. When I requested this book for review, it was because I thought this book would be an amazing look into how to deal with autism in a productive way, and I was right. A Pair of Miracles isn’t a book for feeling sorry for those effected but rather provides motivation to get past issues. This book isn’t just motivational though, it offers a ton of advice on things like navigating schools and practical tips. A great read for anyone with autism in their life.