The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

by Kristine Barnett

Random House of Canada | April 9, 2013 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius is rated 4.66666666666667 out of 5 by 30.

The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
 
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.




From the Hardcover edition.

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362779

ISBN - 13: 9780307362773

Found in: Biography and Memoir
Every mother teaches her children they shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but few mothers have had to live that lesson like Kristine Barnett. When, at the age of two, her son Jake received diagnoses that progressed from Asperger’s to autism, doctors, teachers and therapists saw only the autism. Not Kristine. She saw a beautiful little boy and she simply could not accept the bleak life of limitations being projected for Jake. The Spark is a moving, terrifying and inspirational story of her courageous journey with Jake, a journey that is a testament to the ferocity of a mother’s love. Where others saw bizarre behaviour and emotional withdrawal, Barnett saw a spark in her son, an intelligence that just didn’t know how to talk to the world. Over the course of ten years she nurtured that spark with unwavering faith and a tenacity, that is, in the truest sense of the word, awesome. And the child, who therapists said shouldn't bother trying to learn the alphabet or tie his shoes, is now researching quantum physics at Indiana University, giving engaging interviews on TV and inspiring students to stop learning and start thinking. He is just 14. But this beautiful, joyful book is so much more than the story of an exceptional mother and her genius son. In a voice that could be your neighbour, your sister, or your best friend, Barnett shows us how to see children, whether those with autism or their non-spectrum friends, as she does – as unique people with infinite potential. She shows us that every child has a spark waiting to be discovered. If you are a mother, or have a child in your life, The Spark is simply the most compelling book you will read this year.

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Spark Couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2014-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Spark Amazing book which speaks of the power of hope.
Date published: 2014-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best books I have ever read I love that this is a true story. Kristine is one amazing Lady, I could hardly put the book down. My Mom just read it in TWO DAYS! It is a great example of believing in your children, determination and tenacity, and truly an inspirational read for any human being. I read my copy slowly as I didn't want it to end. : )
Date published: 2014-08-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Spark This is an incredible story. I can see so many similarities to my grandson which bought me to tears and gave me hope at the same time. Confirms to me that love is what a child needs to succeed in this world.
Date published: 2014-07-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book This was a very good book, I could not put it down:-) This woman is very very strong!
Date published: 2014-07-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Accurate the Positive Kristine Barnett reminds us to accentuate the positive. This book was easy to read and provides insight into the world of autism-Asberger's and the stresses that families face.
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing, amazing, amazing! Such an interesting look into a brain that so few can see. Always see the potential in anyone.
Date published: 2014-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I literally laughed and cried. This story is amazing. It reads like a novel in some way; difficult to believe it is real, but so incredibly amazing when you think about the fact that it is. I was entirely enthralled.
Date published: 2014-02-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Feed your kid's interests. Let them. A remarkable story about a remarkable family! A good affirmation that we should really be helping, encouraging and advocating for our kids to follow their interests. Even if they do not fit with what we think is better for their future careers. Let them be kids. They will get it right if we just make sure they are exposed to good values. Read this book to see how to recognize what is important, not to be impressed and amazed at the talents of this remarkable person.
Date published: 2013-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow This was a truly amazing story. I have always been intrigued by autism. Jakes story is inspiring, as is the story of his family. Read and be inspired.
Date published: 2013-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Spark This book gives a feeling of optimism to every parent with an ASD child.
Date published: 2013-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Spark a truly inspiring read.
Date published: 2013-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The spark Remarkable and inspiring.
Date published: 2013-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The spark Poignant story of a mother's love and persistence in obtaining and providing the best for her son even when it created extraordinary demands on her and her family...
Date published: 2013-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the title... At times I thought, "how much more can this family take?" An amazing story! I wonder how far Jake will go...
Date published: 2013-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the title... I thought this was a great book. The mother's tireless dedication to her son and the commitment to see past the autism and find his true genius gift is inspiring. As parents we all need to find the hidden talents of our children whether they are autistic, ADHD, etc. Recognizing this is key not only our children's success in life, but ours as parents as well.
Date published: 2013-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Such an inspiring and beautiful book. So glad when this popped up in an email that I bought it instead of just deleting it! Highly recommended. It really brings out the beauty of loving your children.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Spark What an inspiring book. This should be required reading for every parent and teacher!
Date published: 2013-04-11

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Kobo eBookThe Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

by Kristine Barnett

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: April 9, 2013

Publisher: Random House of Canada

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0307362779

ISBN - 13: 9780307362773

From the Publisher

The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
 
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.




From the Hardcover edition.