At age two and a half, Charlie stopped speaking. He wouldn't answer his family. He wouldn't look at them. They were frightened, but they were determined to fight for him. This is a story of love and redemption that will inspire the reader to reach out and experience an incredible, life-changing relationship with a special person. For the author, that special person is his grandson Charlie, who is autistic. Earle Martin knew he must open up to Charlie in a way he had never done with anyone. He had to come out of his dark world to meet Charlie in his world. If he was going to help Charlie, they had to walk hand in hand into the light of a better world. Martin hopes to introduce the reader to special-needs individuals in a way that will encourage involvement with them and affect positive life changes through the inspiration of the special needs community.
Earle Martin was an Episcopal priest for twelve years, serving as Episcopal chaplain at Texas A&M University, assistant rector at St. John the Divine in Houston, Texas, and rector of St. George's in Houston. After receiving a master's degree in social work from the University of Houston, he left the priesthood. He worked as a therapist at the Family Service Association and had a private practice in psychotherapy until his retirement. He is the author of Dear Charlie: A Grandfather's Love Letter to His Grandson with Autism.
Recollecting the Child; History, Marriage & the Afterlife; To the East; Gone West; Opening the Guarded Door; Explorations in the Craft; Kingdom of the Wise; An Ark for England; A Walk in the Folk Park; Anglican Outcasts & Orthodox Catholicism; Wartime Trials; Cyprus & Beyond Notes; Index.