This is a heartwarming story of a lengthy intervention and spiritual journey for a family with a child on the autism spectrum. I found it to be an interesting and informative read, especially if you have any interest in Mongolian history. I’m a huge Genghis Khan fan, so this book fed into a natural interest of mine.

The book starts with a family in Texas who has a son with autism. It goes into the painful detail that most parents go through with an affected child. However, it also shows parents who keep trying, which is inspiring on many levels. The writer and protagonist was a travel writer and had traveled extensively prior to settling down in Texas. In his travels he had experienced some shamanic ceremonies in Africa and, grasping at straws, took his son to a rare shamanic gathering in the US. His son responded, which was a surprise, and that helped inspire his idea for the trip.

The other source of inspiration was the way their son responded to horses and riding. Having witnessed it with my own son, horse riding is very calming. My son was a different kid after riding, due to the input, the pressure and the bond that a horse and his rider develop on a kinaesthetic and preconscious level. That connection is real and helped us teach Raymond to respect animals.

I don’t want to spoil your read so I’m not going into more detail about the story, but it is very moving and well written. I find it helpful to remember that, although there are similarities, this story is just one of the millions of autism stories out there. Its not just like ours, as everyone has their own journey. I rate this book at 4 out of 5 stars. Its gritty at times, and the author isn’t afraid to show the real challenges both parents and kids on the spectrum face. I recommend reading about this one, either by borrowing it from the library or buying it, which you can do on Amazon.

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