According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism has become an epidemic developmental disability impacting 1 in 88 children. It is to the parents of these 1 in 88 children that author and mother Victoria Baczewski offers her new book “Niki: Now I Know It” (published by WestBow Press).
“Niki” is the story of one mother’s journey raising a child with autism. It chronicles both the growth and development of the child along with the corresponding spiritual growth and development of the mother. In addition, it contrasts worldly values versus Godly values to conclude with the premise that lives are not so much about what is produced but about the fruits of the Holy Spirit that are manifested.
An excerpt from “Niki”:
“When a woman learns she is with child, a thousand different thoughts and emotions assail her. Will the baby be a boy or a girl? Who will he or she look like? Will he or she be healthy? Then we pray. Dear Lord, please make my baby healthy, keep me strong, and let the delivery be smooth and free of complications. Again we dream: Will this child be athletic, musical, intelligent, or sociable? Unless she has had some prior experience with disability, rarely does a woman think, What if my child has special needs?Yet according to Campaign for Children’s Health Care, 18.5 percent of our children are born with or develop some form of special needs. This means that 18.5 percent of parents each year will be tasked with the challenge of raising those children born with special needs, be they emotional, physical, or intellectual. It is a unique, often confusing, and often frightening journey. It is a journey I began in 1989 with the birth of my second son.”
“There are many books regarding autism,” Baczewski says, “but they primarily address children who cease having autism; these children become indistinguishable from their typically developing peers. I have not found any that speak to the value of a child who remains autistic, which accounts for 80 to 90 percent of our individuals with autism.”
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Source: Digital Journal
About the Author Victoria Baczewski is a wife and mother of two boys. She served in the U.S. Air Force. With her marriage to a military man, she has moved frequently and has lived in the United States, Germany and Romania. She has also traveled extensively to various other areas throughout Europe. She has served in various chapels, as well as in various ministries. She is the mother of a child with autism and has worked extensively with as well as homeschooled him over the past 23 years. Since then, she graduated from George Mason University with a Master of Education in special education. Despite the challenges of being a military wife and mother of a child with special needs, Baczewski finds joy and hope through her faith in God. She prays that in the pages of this book others may also find faith, hope and joy.
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