Aidan's Way by Sam Crane
The Story of a Boy's Life and a Father's Journey

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This life we’re given comes in its own season and then follows its vanishing away. If you’re at ease in your season, if you can dwell in its vanishing, joy and sorrow never touch you. This is what the ancients called getting free.
--Chuang Tzu

"Aidan’s crisis had liberated me in a way. We had come close to death, had looked over the edge of the precipice, and then moved back. He would die at some point, perhaps young, maybe very young. He was profoundly disabled, even more so than he had been before. But his near-death had altered my vision. The length of his life or the physical particulars of his life were not as important as the mere fact of his life itself. He was following along in his own season, moving on the currents of the Way....

I could feel myself starting to get free."
--from Aidan’s Way

Sam Crane was unprepared to be the father of Aidan, a boy who would never walk, talk or see. Aidan’s Way is an endlessly inspiring account of parental love and devotion, of the lessons of ancient eastern philosophy and of what it means, ultimately, to be human.


About Sam Crane

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Sam is the Chair of the Department of Asian Studies at Williams College.
Published November 1, 2002 by Sourcebooks. 256 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Law & Philosophy, Parenting & Relationships, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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we never find all that we are looking for [and] cannot escape death.” Comforted, Sam began to appreciate all that Aidan would not have to experience in his life and to acknowledge that, although his son’s existence had curtailed his travel, it had led him to write and to enter local politics whil...

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An Asian studies professor at Williams College, Crane mines his academic field to tell the story of his profoundly disabled son's life, unpacking a grab-bag of Asian philosophy and its relationship to his son's humanity and worth.

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