Category: Book Reviews

Life, Animated: A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes, and Autism

An inspiring story of a family who used Disney animated movies to communicate with their non-verbal autistic son, Owen. Ultimately this creative approach led Owen out of the darkness. He went on to graduate from high school, get a job, live independently, and connect in meaningful relationships.

While this story is about autism specifically we can all learn from this family’s ability to recognize an opportunity to creatively connect with their child and help them live the best life possible.

Find it on Amazon:  Life Animated A Story of Sidekicks Heroes and Autism Be sure to check out the excellent documentary as well, available via Amazon Prime here.


This is a devastating story of a family struggling to love and raise two adopted foster children. The unfairness and inadequacy of the system are clear as they navigate trying to raise children with mental illness. When the unimaginable happens, and they discover one of the children has been sexually preying on another, the system utterly fails them. This book is vulnerable and raw.

When I read this several years ago, during some of my darkest days, I suddenly felt not quite so alone. I highly recommend it to parents who are struggling to raise adopted children.

Elea Lee blogs here  Find it on Amazon: Just