Friday, June 5, 2009

Book Review: Windows into Heaven - Stories Celebrating Down Syndrome

Windows Into Heaven - Stories Celebrating Down Syndrome by Stacy & Michelle Tetschner
I borrowed this book from the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis (DSAGSL) since our local library did not have it. Edited and published by Stacy and Michelle Tetschner, it is packed with positively uplifting experiences from families and individuals who have a child, grandchild, friend, or acquaintance with Down syndrome. As described on their website, "Windows Into Heaven is a collection of stories of inspiration, love, and acceptance from those families and individuals who have been positively touched by Down Syndrome."

Every single story in this book moved me to tears - joyful tears. I reminisced and empathized with some stories about how the family's journey began. I reflected on how much Matthew, who is only less than 2 years old, is already touching the lives of family and friends, near and far. I daydreamed about the possibilities in our future and where our journey with Matthew would take us.

I'll be recommending this book to our local library. I've also added it to my wishlist to own someday. In my opinion, the book is a great positive resource for parents beginning their journey, for families already on this road less travelled, for relatives and friends travelling alongside of them, and for people we may meet along the way.

Have you read it? What do you think?


Unknown said...

We love the book, especially since "Pure Joy" is about Lily! I laugh at Guler's story of Bret's birth when they told Guler that Bret had Ds, her response ..."you have never seen a Turkish baby before, My hands are short and stubby, too. He's a Turkish baby and that's that." Then I went back to sleep."
Bret is the young man the danced on So You Think You Can Dance" They are part of the Utah Down Syndrome Foundation and are wonderful too know!

Michelle said...

I've read it! It's one of my favorite books *wink*wink*

Hahaa - really. I DO love hearing other peoples stories so much!

Tara said...

Oh, cool! Can't wait to read it!

Ria said...

Guler's story reminded me of my own reaction when the doctor came to see me with his "suspicions". I have slanted eyes and my nose bridge is semi-flat. Those crazy doctors don't know what they're talking about. LOL!

I love reading other people's stories too. And I certainly love to keep up with everyone through their blogs, including yours of course.

Enjoy the book. :-)

Everyone, one of the photographers who took some of the amazing photos on the cover of the book is THE Michelle Adams at Snippets. I didn't realize it until she left me a message on facebook. She takes amazing photos.

Laurie said...

Oh cool! Looking forward to checking it out! Thanks for the recommendation : )

Monica said...

I had not even heard of this book, thanks for sharing! I can't wait to check it out!!!

Monica Crumley said...

Sounds like a great book. I love positive, uplifting stories. The cover boy is adorable, too.

Leslie said...

I haven't heard of this book, but it sounds wonderful! I'm going to go add it to my amazon basket!

Thanks for sharing about it!


To Love Endlessly said...

I hadn't heard of it. Thanks for sharing!