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Recommended Resources Part 1

In today's post, I'd like to share with you some insightful books that can help deepen your understanding of autism. These books were recommended by Dr. Stephanie Holmes, a licensed counselor and certified autism specialist, in her YouTube video titled "Books I Recommend for Understanding Autism". Let's dive in!

  1. "Confessions of a Christian Counselor: How Infertility and Autism Grew My Faith" by Dr. Stephanie Holmes This book is a personal account of Dr. Holmes' journey through her daughter's autism diagnosis, her struggles with infertility, and her faith journey. It provides a mother's perspective on what it's like to have a child on the autism spectrum and offers insights into the challenges and triumphs of navigating the educational system, faith struggles, and forgiveness. The book also includes research articles written by Dr. Holmes on various aspects of autism.

  2. "Views from the Spectrum" by Ron Sanderson Written by a Christian author who is on the autism spectrum, this book provides a first-person perspective on understanding children on the spectrum. It also offers guidance on teaching children on the spectrum about faith.

  3. "Emotionally Healthy Spirituality" and "Emotionally Healthy Relationships" by Peter Scazzero These books emphasize the importance of emotional health for spiritual maturity. They provide scripts for basic communication, conflict resolution, and establishing rhythms of rest, which can be particularly helpful for individuals on the autism spectrum.

  4. "Love Needs" by Dr. Mike and Rhonda Garrett This book introduces the concept of 30 different types of love needs. It provides concrete examples of each love need, making it a practical guide for couples, especially those in neurodiverse relationships.

  5. Books by June Hunt June Hunt has written several books that can be helpful for women in neurodiverse relationships. These include "Seeing Yourself Through God's Eyes", "How to Rise Above Abuse", and "How to Handle Your Emotions". These books provide guidance on self-identity, dealing with abuse, and managing emotions.

  6. "Mending the Soul" by Steven R. Tracy This book is designed for group or community work and provides spiritual-level work on mending from various forms of abuse and neglect.

  7. "When Loving Him is Hurting You" by Dr. David Hawkins This book provides insights into the effects of being in a relationship with a narcissist, which can sometimes feel similar to being in a relationship with someone on the autism spectrum.

  8. "The Great Sex Rescue" and "She Deserves Better" by Sheila Gregoire These books are based on extensive research and challenge harmful teachings about women in relationships and sex in Christian marriages. They provide insights into why some women end up in harmful relationships and how to recover from such experiences.

These books offer a mix of personal experiences, professional insights, and practical advice. They can serve as valuable resources for anyone seeking to understand autism better, whether you're on the spectrum, a loved one of someone on the spectrum, or a professional working in the field.

Remember, understanding and acceptance are key to improving the lives of those on the autism spectrum. Happy reading!

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Jul 22, 2023

I always ask people if they've read (or are willing to read) "Boundaries: When to Say Yes, How to Say No to Take Control of Your Life" by Townsend and Cloud. It's a goldmine for understanding what healthy limits are in ANY relationship, for both ourselves and others. Very helpful in finding the healthy balance in ND relationships!

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