“Why?” “Why,” I thought to myself, as I knelt before God, “are you allowing this to happen?” For me, this question didn’t find a permanent home in my heart, but it definitely reared its head among an occasional flood of tears. And, afraid to overstep my boundaries with the God who made everything, yet unable to hold my tongue any longer, I found myself crying out, “Why, God, why? My son is just a defenseless little boy. He’s just a boy!”
Every special-needs family will at some point in time be faced with the temptation to lose hope. At that point, they need to read From Autistic to Awesome.
From Autistic to Awesome is an inspiring account of the spiritual transformation one father undergoes as he seeks answers and healing for his autistic son. Paul Powell chronicles his journey from a would-be conqueror of his son’s disability to someone with a deeper knowledge of how God can reveal His love through hardship. From Autistic to Awesome will inspire you to persevere through life’s setbacks and to view them in a new way—as a key to discovering God’s plan for your walk with Him. Woven into the story, From Autistic to Awesome discusses numerous real-life topics, such as • autism therapies and interventions • marriage and finances • education and advocacy • parent health • worship, and more.
Paul Powell and his wife Sonya had their first child, Matthew, in 2003, just one year after being married. Almost three years later, following suspicions that their son may have developmental delays, their fears were confirmed when Matthew was diagnosed with autism. The discovery led them on a life-changing pursuit of therapies, interventions, and biomedical treatments for their son. Along the way they experienced a rerouting of their lives in every imaginable area, from marriage and finances to friendships, professional aspirations, and their daily schedules. The one area they did not expect to endure such a drastic upheaval was their twenty-year walk with God. Told from Paul’s perspective, From Autistic to Awesome is a true and revealing story about navigating the emotional and spiritual highs and lows encountered as they fought for their special-needs son, their family, and their faith.