Thursday, May 12, 2011

Another Dawn by Kathryn Cushman

Another Dawn
Another Dawn tells a wonderful, heartbreaking story of a woman, Grace, that has always ran when things get tough. She is afraid to love for fear of getting hurt. She left her home and moved away to California to raise her son, Dylan. After her mother died, she blamed her father and never looked back on returning home. An unexpected call from her sister gives her the ultimatum of coming home to help take care of her father or never come back. Grace has a chance to make things right and decides to go.
This book explores the controversial topics of Autism and whether vaccinations are the route of the cause. Grace works for a woman that has a son with Autism and swears that once he had his vaccines that he went from being a normal child to a completely different child. Grace witnesses the child's behaviors first hand and decided not to vaccinate her son.
Upon returning home, Grace starts making amends until something very serious happens. Her son becomes deathly sick and puts the lives of other children in the town at risk. She has to decide to run away again or stay home and face the consequences of her actions. This book brought me to tears at times, thinking about how the decisions that you make at one point in time can affect your life and many others for years to come.
I was very intrigued by the topics discussed in Another Dawn. These are controversial topics that people need to know more about. The link between Autism and Vaccines can affect a parents decision against vaccination. I have opted to vaccinate my children but I can understand where others that don't have great concern. This book does a good job of exploring the topic and showing a possible outcome if you choose not to vaccinate. But the main focus of Another Dawn is about the decisions that Grace has made in her life and if she can face those decisions or choose to ignore them and go about her life as if nothing happened.
I did enjoy reading this book. It got me thinking about what I would have done had I witnessed a child with Autism first-hand. I do know many people with Autistic children and pray for a cure or a better understanding as to why this occurs. There were facts stated in the book that gave me more insight on Autism. I would recommend this book as a good read.  

Another Dawn was provided to me free of charge by Bethany House Publishers for review purposes. All opinions are my own and have not been influenced in any way.

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