Aug 26

Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives

Posted by Soliloquy in Autism and Asperger's Syndrome | For parents | Vision Impaired


The inspiring story of Rex, a boy who is not only blind and autistic, but who also happens to be a musical savant. How can an 11-year old boy hear a Mozart fantasy for the first time and play it back note-for-note perfectly-but struggle to navigate the familiar surroundings of his own home? Cathleen Lewis says her son Rex’s laugh of total abandon is the single most joyous sound anyone could hear, but his tortured aversion to touch and sound breaks her heart and makes her wonder what God could h…

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  • Jocelyn V. Fisher says:

    Review by Jocelyn V. Fisher for Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives
    “Rex”, by Cathleen Lewis, is the remarkable testimony of what a mother’s love, determination and faith can accomplish in spite of overwhelming challenges. This inspiring story, infused with pure grit juxtaposed with artistic prose, is a beautiful book about a remarkable child with an amazing gift to share. Read it and pass it on. A perfect Christmas gift in the spirit of love!!!

  • J Roberts says:

    Review by J Roberts for Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives
    I just finished “Rex” by Cathleen Lewis, about a mothers complete devotion to her child who was diagnosed with a large brain cyst at birth then 6 months later with blindness due to an underdeveloped optic nerve. It is so completely moving and keeps you right in the moment with both of them. The transformations that occur in their lives are charged with so many emotions, which are expertly conveyed by the writer. With every small success Rex has, a new roadblock seems to be thrown down. To say it is inspirational is a tremendous understatement. This is a fantastic book for anyone to read. Enjoy!

  • Julie O. Keefe says:

    Review by Julie O. Keefe for Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives
    This is the story of the transforming power of love, specifically a mother’s love for her child. It is the story of the awesome gift of music and its healing power. It is the story of rediscovered faith with all of the strength and hope that only faith can offer. Cathleen’s son has autism and is blind. She tells her story of overcoming tremendous odds to reach her son and help him overcome so many of his hardships through his gift of music. I cried but also felt tremendous joy. This book will touch your heart.

  • Alan Arthur says:

    Review by Alan Arthur for Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives
    What a phenomenal book! It’s an engaging quick read that’s full of incredible insight from a mother that loves her son and her God. If more parents had a small fraction of the focus on their children that Cathleen has on Rex there would be far fewer issues with our kids. It’s undeniable that Rex has amazing talent, but I think Cathleen is even more incredible. I can’t even comprehend what she has gone through and stand in awe of what she has achieved through love, faith and sheer tenacity. Lives will be changed because of this book.

  • Louise Anderson says:

    Review by Louise Anderson for Rex: A Mother, Her Autistic Child, and the Music that Transformed Their Lives
    This is a truly inspirational book! It is well written and hard to put down! Cathleen takes readers on her journey from the grim diagnosis and her struggles with God as she seeks to unlock the mysteries of her disabled child. This is a story about a woman determined to find meaning and joy in her son’s life and ends up discovering purpose and joy in her own life.



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