Response

Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D. Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Director, Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital, and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute:
Through skillful storytelling, Earle Martin takes the reader on his journey with his grandson Charlie who has autism. His anecdotes give the reader a true sense of what goes on in the minds and lives of individuals with autism, and inspire readers when they discover the joy that individuals like Charlie bring into the lives they touch. This book is for every family member, educator, physician, and scientist trying to understand and help individuals with autism. To borrow Charlie’s favorite two words, it is absolutely delightful!Susan J. Moreno, President of OASIS at MAAP/MAAP Services for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome:
Those of you who may have read Earle Martin’s previous book, Dear Charlie: A Guide To Living Your Life With Autism, already know what a sensitive grandparent Earle Martin is. He is the Grandpa (or in the case of Charlie Stubbs, “Pots”) we all wish our kids could have. Some of us have had that type of parent who was that type of grandparent to our child. Others have not. The book is suffused with positive thoughts, tender experiences, and a real-life account of Earle’s life stages as he discovers his grandson’s autism and builds a relationship with him. While reading this book, I laughed, I cried and I reflected on the beauty that suffuses family love and closeness. With his background as an Episcopal priest and then a social worker, Earle Martin is a wise man whose life experiences have been many and varied. His appreciation for Charlie’s many gifts and sharing of Charlie’s perspectives on life are just some of the treasures contained in this book.Yvonne Streit, Founder and Executive Director Emeritus of The Brookwood Community:
Such a wonderful example of what happens to us when we turn away from ourselves and the pitfalls into which we are heading in order to help someone else. Exiting that trap turns into a win/win situation. Charlie brings to light another world for us to experience, another adventure to explore and enjoy the unforeseen beautiful surprises that come from walking side by side with another life. To look at things from a different perspective is an opportunity given to few. What a joy to experience these things from reading this book.

J. Pittman McGehee D.D., Diplomate Jungian Analyst, and author of The Paradox of Love:
The Boy Who Saved My Life, is a special story of the healing presence of a special boy. Earle Martin, in a courageous and candid story warms our hearts with a love story between a grandson and a grandfather, in a grand way.

Mark Tennant, President and CEO of Arrow Child and Family Ministries:
Earle presents a different way of thinking about a family’s adjustment to a disability. Perhaps more importantly, he reveals how those of us who share our lives with a special needs individual can help them obtain their full potential, and how in the process…we obtain our own full potential.

Gary B. Mesibov, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:
The old saying that we help ourselves by helping others comes alive in this wonderful book. The compelling story of a grandfather’s relationship with his grandson with autism lifts our spirits while telling us important things about us and about life. This heartwarming story told with honesty and sensitivity presents a different way of thinking about a family’s adjustment to a disability and in doing so gives us new and important information about how members of a family might be affected by a family member who is different. It also teaches us a lesson about how the love and care involved in helping a person with special needs is a beautiful thing in itself and something that eventually comes back to change the helper as much as the person with the disability.

Margaret Larsen, President/CEO, Special Olympics Texas:
Whether you are just entering the world of autism or have been involved for many years, The Boy Who Saved My Life presents the truth that though challenges lie ahead for everyone in the family, there also are opportunities for personal growth and expanded comprehension of a complex and sometimes frightening realm. By sharing his relationship with his grandson, Earle Martin shows all of us that a diagnosis of autism—or any condition— does not have to mean a lifetime of loneliness and fear. Ultimately, life becomes what we make of it…whether we have autism or not.Stephen M. Kanne, Ph.D., ABPP, Associate Professor, Director of the Autism Center – Department of Pediatrics, Psychology Section, Baylor College of Medicine:
Earle Martin has given us a gift in The Boy Who Saved My Life; walking into the light with my autistic grandson. With heartwarming honesty and a distinctive style, he shares the sometimes touching and often difficult experiences he had during his journey through the world of autism with his grandson. Often using Charlie’s own words, we develop a relationship with Charlie and feel as if we know him personally by the end of the book. How they faced challenges together, struggled together, laughed together, and grew together is a metaphor that reaches beyond autism to all of our relationships.

Patricia Kilday Hart, Houston Chronicle Metro Columnist:
When a painful new awareness settled on his extended family that Charlie truly was—and would always be—different…they couldn’t know that his diagnosis would eventually bond them in unimaginable ways. In The Boy Who Saved My Life, Earle Martin shares his love for his autistic grandson, and how his journey with Charlie helps him rediscover himself. Every family facing an unexpected difference in a loved one will benefit from Martin’s insights.Jan Duncan:
I was delighted to read Patricia Kilday Hart’s recent article in the Houston Chronicle about your father’s new book. I have no doubt that The Boy Who Saved My Lifewill touch the hearts of many readers who are in need of the kind of love, hope, and renewal that your sweet son offered your father during his darkest days. Moreover, I believe that your father’s book will bless readers with awareness of the challenges facing individuals with special needs as well as appreciation for the many important gifts that these individuals have to offer the world. Truly, Charlie is an exceptional young man—he has brought so much light and joy to the people in his life. I know he is beloved by your family and his Brookwood family, and I’m so grateful that your father chose to share Charlie’s beautiful story in this meaningful way. May all who read your father’s book be inspired and encouraged to open their hearts to welcome the “Charlies” they meet throughout their lives.