Depths of Autism Soar to Imposing Heights of Love

I hadn’t planned to post this piece on Annie Lubliner Lehmann until next week, however, after reading Lives: The Subject of the Sibling in this week’s NYT’s Magazine, it fit right in with today’s themes of love. Be it brotherly or motherly, love knows no bounds as it quietly weaves its unending magic into the fabric of our lives…

“The primary reward for human toil is not what you get for it, but what you become by it.”

Such are John Ruskin’s words by which author Annie Lubliner Lehmann has chosen to live. A freelance writer for the past 25 years, Mrs. Lehmann has published in both The Detroit Free Press as well as The New York Times. However, it is for her debut work The Accidental Teacher:  Life Lessons from My Silent Son* that she will be making several upcoming Michigan appearances.

Annie Lehmann’s son Jonah was born with severe autism. Now in his 20’s, Lehmann reflects on the journey of raising a son with this frustrating and challenging diagnosis. Dedicated to “Jonah and all those with autism who speak volumes without saying a word,” The Accidental Teacher is touted “…as a must-read for anyone who has been personally touched by a major life challenge.”

A Michigan resident, Annie Lehmann is married and has three children. Jonah, her eldest son, is the inspiration for this memoir. Check Night Light Revue next week for Ms. Lehmann’s upcoming appearances.

*Support your local bookstores and universities. It matters!

-The Accidental Teacher is a 2009 Silver Recipient of the Mom’s Choice Awards.

-For more information about the book, link to the University of Michigan Press page.

-Post by Megan Shaffer

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