|In the heartwarming pages of The Boy Who Saved My Life, Earle Martin tells how Charlie, his grandson with autism, rescued his soul. He explains where he was in his personal life when Charlie appeared, and how Charlie breathed life into him. As he relates anecdotes from their life together, you will begin to develop a sense of the profound power of the simple moments they have shared. But perhaps you will have more questions. How did all of this happen? And just who is Charlie? You will read about the family’s search for Charlie, who had become lost and whom they so desperately had to find. You will find stories that will help you know Charlie better.
But, remember: it is for you that this book has been written. Here are ways in which you might have your own life profoundly changed--perhaps even saved—by your own Charlie. And if you have not yet met your special friend, here are ways you might discover each other.
What you will read in the following pages is not a definitive work about autism. It is one grandfather’s reflections on his grandson’s autism, born out of years of friendship. You will leave this small volume with an idea of what Charlie’s family has done to try to help him deal with his autism, but more importantly a sense of what Charlie, himself, has accomplished. And, most of all, you will be reminded of the joy that comes from meeting others where they are, helping them in their mission to be their best selves and allowing them to show us our own best selves. In the brightness of that understanding lies hope, for those with autism and special needs, and for those of us who share our lives with these truly special people.
EARLE MARTIN was an Episcopal priest for many years before receiving his MA in Social Work from the University of Houston. He worked as a therapist at the Family Service Association and in private practice in psychotherapy. Now retired, he lives in Houston with his wife Kristi and their dog, Nimrod.