Sunday, January 11, 2009

Book Review: Rex

I was so thankful for the opportunity to read this book! It’s the story of God’s miraculous work in the lives of two incredible people: a multiply-disabled, musical savant and his lovingly dedicated mother.

The book starts out sad as Cathleen Lewis learns about one after another of her son’s disabilities and receives little, if any, encouragement or hope for his future. But when Cathleen begins to research these problems for herself, the book becomes quite fascinating. In fact, it demonstrates vividly just how “fearfully and wonderfully made” each of us actually is—the human brain is so complex! If the smallest thing is off, it can create big problems that baffle the world’s greatest minds and challenge the individual in huge ways!

Cathleen shares how her almost hopeless struggle to help Rex led her to God and how she relied on Him to guide her as Rex tackled each new developmental challenge. She also explains how God used music to help Rex overcome many of these challenges and also to find his joyful place in this world. To find such profound musical genius in one who struggles so with everything else is a wondrous, awe-inspiring thing. It is a truly happy and triumphant story of hope, God’s work, miracles, and grace.

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