Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Water Giver

If you are a parent you need to read this book.  Many of the details in Joan Ryan's Book, The Water Giver: A story of a mother, son and their second chance will apply to any parent and child. 

Joan's son is learning disabled. He is prone to outbursts, temper tantrums and has difficulty in school.  Joan struggles to cope with the school system and her son's behavior daily. When her 16 year old son has a skateboarding accident, that causes a brain injury, the hardships she faces fade into the background.

This is more than a story of a mother and son getting through a terrible tragedy. It is a story of Joan's transformation and of her finally understanding what her relationship with her son is all about it.  This is a tale of tenacity, courage and Ryan's endless optimism despite multiple setbacks.  You'll laugh, you'll cry and you'll think about how your life would be different if something terrible happened to your child.  How would you cope?  The one thing you will not do is put this book down.  Joan's story is a heart-warming one that will keep you turning the pages.

Joan learned that sometimes, the best you can do for someone you love is to be the water giver and soothe their thirst.

1 comment:

Joan said...

Thanks for the lovely review of my book!