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Cavan Wood – Entertaining Angels: Living Well with autism as a family, in society and in church


ISBN 978 1 78893 073 4


164 pages

This well researched and informative book provides a short introduction to the world of autistic children and their families. It is always a challenge to deal with people who are different. It is also an opportunity to learn, adapt and show compassion.

For Christians, part of the fulfilment of the command Love your neighbour as yourself is seeking to be aware of what makes other people tick. If the world of autism is a foreign country to you, this book could be a good way to get orientated, raise awareness, and develop emotional intelligence. If prejudice is fed by ignorance, this book is an excellent way of being informed.

The book is in two main parts:

  • What do we mean by autism?
  • The difficulties that autistic people face

For families and churches attempting to accommodate autistic people this will be a welcome guidebook and a source of encouragement that they are not alone.

It was particularly helpful to see a serious theological reflection on autism; this lifts the book beyond being a mere user manual. It was also good to have practical advice on how the strengths of autistic people to use in the life of the church. This is hinted at by the title: Entertaining Angels; a reminder from the letter to the Hebrews, that being open to what might seem strange to us can lead to blessing.

John Woods is a writer and Bible teacher based in West Sussex. He is Director of Training at the School of Preachers in Riga, Latvia

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