Dancing with Max by Emily Colson
A Mother and Son Who Broke Free

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Meet a remarkable young man. Max doesn’t communicate like we do. But he communicates better than we do about the most important things. Max doesn’t think like we do. But his actions reflect deep spiritual truths. With candor and wit, Emily Colson shares about her personal battles and heartbreak when, as a suddenly single mother, she discovers her only child has autism. Emily illuminates the page with imagery—making you laugh, making you cry, inspiring you to face your own challenges. Chuck Colson, in his most personal writing since Born Again, speaks as a father and grandfather. It is a tender side Max brings out of his grandfather, a side some haven’t seen. As Emily recalls her experiences, we discover that Max’s disability does not so much define who he is, but reveals who we are. Dancing with Max is not a fairy tale with a magical ending. It’s a real life story of grace and second chances and fresh starts in spite of life’s hardest problems. And Max? Max will make you fall in love with life all over again, leaving you dancing with joy.


About Emily Colson

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Emily Colson is the daughter of Charles Colson. She is an artist and writer. After many years as an art and creative director in the field of advertising and design, she now pours her creative gifts into helping her son Max, who is diagnosed with autism. She has even pioneered an innovative communication system to assist her son. Emily has been a single mother for most of Max’s 19 years, with hard-fought lessons of life, love, and laughter. Emily and Max live on the coast of New England where they can often be found dancing.
Published September 7, 2010 by Zondervan. 209 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Religion & Spirituality, Parenting & Relationships, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction

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None of this story is easy, or heroic, or happily ever after if readers expect that the autistic son will miraculously arise and be normal.

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She ultimately asks the manager to find her a “big guy” to help her get Max, “still kicking and screaming into the car.” This short chapter sets the scene, giving a sense of Max’s mode and more: the reader will eventually see Emily’s relentless push to get Max therapies and schools that will maxi...

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