Grace Under Pressure: A Girl with Asperger's & Her Marathon Mom ~ Book Review

Book Summary:  

By the time her daughter Grace was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, Sophie Walker’s life had unraveled. Her career was in disarray. She couldn’t sleep. She felt hopeless and useless in her role as a mother. Sophie began to seek the things Grace needed — everything from advocacy for her educational rights and protection from bullying to help with homework and making friends. When Sophie realized she was neglecting her own health and well-being, she decided to train for the London Marathon to raise awareness of Asperger’s and to build the mental and physical resilience she needed to support her daughter. Through running, Sophie ultimately found the strength to battle for Grace’s education, happiness, and future, as well as the inner fortitude to overcome her own frustration and depression. In this book, she documents her and her daughter’s trials and triumphs, offering real-world inspiration for parents and athletes alike.

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About the Author:
Sophie Walker has worked as a journalist for Reuters news agency for fifteen years, reporting news around the globe. She has written about oil, trade, and politics in Washington, and has been foreign correspondent in the UK, traveling to Iraq and Afghanistan with Tony Blair and Gordon Brown. 

Connect with Sophie on her blog or Twitter @SophieRunning

My Review:

If you are looking for a book with inspiration you will love this book. Sophie shares with us her everyday struggles with her daughter Grace, the ups and downs of Asperger's and the challenges that can go along with it in the school system. After working many years with people with disabilities and also having a son with many of the signs or  "quirks" as I am told by his teachers, I found myself sucked right into this book. I found myself nodding and shaking my head as I have been there with my son. I can't even imagine the challenges that it can be after being diagnosed with autism, we are not there as I have been told there is no way my son is autism (one reason I hate is "he is too smart/sharp to be autistic").

Sophie gets consumed with these challenges and regular life where she forgets to take care of her own well being. Sophie starts running and signs up for Marathons. The whole thought of running and being able to run to clear your mind or de-stress from the day is so helpful. This is a wonderful book of one women's journey to helping take care of herself while helping her daughter and raising my to help other people with Autism. Be prepared for an emotional ride, I found myself in tears by the end. I really want to Thank Sophie for sharing her story with the world. You have really been an inspiration. 

~*Disclaimer: This post was written by Genuine Jenn on behalf of new world library. I received a copy of the above book for review purpose. All opinions are honest and my own.*~


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