Wednesday, November 05, 2014

The Unbreakable Boy by Scott M LeRette with Susy Flory ~ Book Review

"A Father's Fear, A Son's Courage, and a Story of Unconditional Love"

Publisher's Description:  

With New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory, a father shares his autistic son's story and offers inspiration and advice for families facing similar challeges. Like any other teen boy, Austin loves pizza, movies, dancing, and girls. But unlike most other eighteen year olds, he has a rare brittle-bone disease, was locked in a mental ward as a child, and is autistic. Yet Austin doesn't let any of that stop him. The Unbreakable Boy is the raucously tender story of Austin's joyful embrace of life's tragedies and triumphs. His is a world where suffering a broken back is a minor inconvenience and the quest for the ultimate strawberry milkshake just might be the best day of his life. Told with compelling candor by Austin's father, Scott, and with New York Times best-selling author Susy Flory, The Unbreakable Boy weaves the beautiful and often humorous tale of how Austin teaches his father-and everyone else he encounters-to have faith in God and trust that one day life's messes will all make sense.

 About the Author 

 Scott LeRette is an ordinary man with an extraordinary son. Scott and his wife, Teresa, have two teen sons, Austin and Logan. Both Teresa and Austin suffer from Osteogenesis Imperfecta, also known as brittle bone disease. Scott writes an award-winning daddy blog called Austintistic. Susy Flory is the author or coauthor of five books, including the New York Times bestseller Thunder Dog. Her articles have appeared in Today's Christian Woman, Enrichment Journal, Guideposts books,, and with Focus on the Family.

My Thoughts:

I really enjoyed this true story.  Young Austin has many challenges in his day to day life and yet he approaches life with positiveness and with great verve!  I really enjoyed reading about his escapades and how he kept his parents on the go though I was exhausted just reading about it and my heart went out to them many times throughout the telling.  I especially enjoyed the journey of Austin's father from a selfish young man who fathered a boy with many needs not really in love with his wife to a more mature man, husband and father totally committed to God and family.   I love how he wove in how Austin has taught him all this throughout the years along with his wife Theresa who was a steadfast rock.   It was an easy read having a good flow to it.     Each event told was significant to the whole of the book and I never felt bogged down in the telling.  I finished it a few days.  I closed the book with a smile on my face from having read such a wonderful perspective.  If I had to describe this book in just a sentence I would say inspirational in many, many ways.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for a free copy for review.  I was not required to write a positive review and all thoughts are my own.

"The Unbreakable Boy" can be purchased here and here


Dianna said...

Susanne, thank you so much for this wonderful review. The book has been added to my wish list, as I have a great interest in autism.

Faith said...

omgosh I have GOT To read this book!! especially because i worked with 3 different autistic boys for 5 years out of the last 8. This book sounds amazing!! thanks for the review.