Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Review: I see you

33517800I see you by Slaven Vujic
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

"This is not just another book on autism. In it, there are no solutions, no conclusions. It was not written by a virtuous author, but by life. In my life I have written many contracts, letters and all kinds of irrelevant things. They might have meant something at the moment, but they will leave no trace in time. Life wrote this book, and it will certainly leave a trace. A trace we have been following from the beginning, guided by John's epistle:
“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another” (John 3:11)
I feel a bit like a hypocrite writing about love, for I wasn't worthy of its mysteries, and even today, as a porter at the City of Angels, I am sometimes not worthy of the path I have chosen. I spent most of my life dreaming of fake grandeur, engraving in gold the titles on my rotting business cards. I was a Beast frantically chasing food, which was never able to fill the endless pit of arrogance. I took credit for other people's work and renounced failures; I even bore false witness about them. Was I a bad person? No, I wasn’t, but I was also not a good one. Those are not categories fit to describe a beast's life. I was simply a Beast.
I am almost sure my crazy ambition and hunger for success present easy targets for unholy wickedness and that my life probably would have been filled with beastliness had the light of an angel not come into my life. Vito is an unusual boy who does not speak at four and one-half years of age and who suffers from an autism spectrum disorder. Vito has autism. I was afraid of these words for a very long time. They terrified me, to be more precise. I saw his autism as the biggest punishment. The cognition of autism scared me; I denied its existence for a long time. But for me, cognition of autism has also meant cognition of life, of the diversity and the multitude of ways of living, of the perfect divine love hidden far behind the icy fangs of autism."

This isn't a happy story, but a powerful one. It doesn't end with happily ever after, but love is involved. No, this isn't the story that will make everyone feel good inside, but it does make it's readers feel.

Such a wonderful, and heartbreaking work! This is the story of one man (the author), and his journey to understanding his autistic son. In it, he shares a hard, yet important message, that while different, his son is still a blessing, and needs only to be loved and understood. Coming from a family touched by varying degrees of autism, I can understand some of the struggles and pains the author has gone through. It's always 'not my child, my child is normal' until it turns out they're not. Just like any other grief or pain, the understanding, and acceptance, comes in stages. We must learn not only what it is that autism means, but how we can love them better, right where they are. This story talks about this and more, a powerful message from someone who has lived each word.

*I received an ecopy from the author for review. This does not affect my review in any way.*