Book Reviews

Our librarian Jan reviews two of the latest additions to our Postal Lending Library.

The Skies I’m Under: the rain and shine of parenting a child with complex disabilities by Rachel Wright

2015  Born At The Right Time Publishing
£6.99  ISBN 9780993491504
L6663 in the library

Beautifully written, this book tells the story of Rachel and her husband as they come to terms with life bringing up their adored son Sam. He was born in 2005 and diagnosed with Hypoxic Ischemaemic Encephalopathy which means he has Cerebral Palsy, seizures and has to be tube fed. Some days are good, some days are bad but with the support of friends and family, their faith and their enduring courage they tell their story. Other mums and dads reading it will feel they are not alone and if any of our supporters wanted to read an account of the realities of life with a disabled child, this book would tell them.

The Brain’s Way of Healing: stories of remarkable recoveries and discoveries by Norman Doidge

2016  Penguin Books
£9.99  ISBN 9780141980805
L6660 in the library

Ever heard of neuroplasticity or neurofeedback being used to repair the brain? There are lots of accounts in this book where people have had a great deal of success using these techniques. Although many of the examples do centre around conditions experienced in adulthood there is information of how it can be used for ADD, ADHD, Epilepsy and traumatic brain injury. At a time when more and more is being discovered about how the brain heals itself, this is a very inspiring book.

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