Wednesday 18 April 2007

Lessons from Jacob: A Disabled Son Teaches His Mother About Courage, Hope and the Joy of Living Each Day to the Fullest by Ellen Schwartz

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This is a little book with a really big message. Ellen Schwartz talks about her disabled son Jacob who was born with Canavan disease and shares with us the impact it has had. While this book starts with devastating news, by the end it shows us that all things happen for a reason and that Jacob is one amazing boy with an unforgettable gift for everyone he meets.

I was blown away by this book. When Jacob's parents were told that most children suffering from this disease die at age 3 or 4, they had to come to terms with that. Jacob has other plans though and is still fighting strong many years later. A brilliant example of what can be achieved with spirit and determination. Jacob has touched many lives and will undoubtably reach so many more with this publication, as he did mine.

While many things touched my heart while reading this, I think one of the most truly great things was learning that this family, while struggling to deal with everything, formed Jacob's Ladder (The Canadian Foundation for the Control of Neurodegenrative Disease). Part of the proceeds from the sale of this book go to this special cause which you can learn about by visiting

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