The Spark: A Mother's Story Of Nurturing Genius

Paperback | July 1, 2014

byKristine Barnett

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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 age 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 Barnett''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.

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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 age 1 with severe autism...

KRISTINE BARNETT is the mother of Jacob Barnett and his 3 younger siblings. She runs a daycare that includes both typical and special-needs children. She is also the founder of Jacob's Place, a non-profit organization designed to help children with autism, as well as an award-winning sports league for autistic children.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307362787

ISBN - 13:9780307362780

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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 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 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