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  • Love Is Not Enough

  • A Mother's Memoir of Autism, Madness, and Hope
  • By: Jenny Lexhed
  • Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
  • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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Love Is Not Enough

By: Jenny Lexhed
Narrated by: Rosemary Benson
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Summary

When Jenny Lexhed and her husband have their first child Lucas, they are living the dream. They're happily married, they've just bought a house, the company they built together from the ground up is starting to blossom. But with the arrival of their son, a feeling of anxiety slips into their life. What starts as a feeling becomes a conviction.

Lucas is not like other children. Everything seems to indicate, and psychiatric evaluation concludes, that their son is severely autistic. Will he ever be able to communicate? Jenny vows to do whatever she can to help Lucas connect with his parents and others and live an independent life.

Tossed between hope and despair, she begins a frantic effort to research the best among many competing therapies and find exactly the right treatment for her son. Her obsession takes her to the brink of exhaustion - and over, when she suffers a psychotic breakdown and must be committed to a psychiatric clinic. There begins another journey, to find her balance and recover her strong, healthy life, before she can begin again to fight for her son.

Both brutally honest and deeply affecting, Love Is Not Enough is a pause register memoir that offers insight into autism and what a parent goes through for her child.

©2015 Jenny Lexhed Translation 2015 by Jennifer Hawkins (P)2014 Audible Inc.

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Two unique but human circumstances shared

I found this a very compelling listen. It was interesting to note that parents of an autistic child could find accessing support and education so difficult in a progressive country.
The lack of diagnoses and recognition of autism led to a horrendous psychosis in his mother, due to the stress of responsibility and sleep deprivation. The story of her treatment and the aftermath for the whole family is out with what most have had to comprehend or deal with.
The translation and narration are very relatable and listenable.

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Beautiful book. Very real & moving.

Beautiful book. The author bare it all, vey real & very movinv. Expect lots of tears.

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Powerful and insightful

As a mother of an autistic child, I found this book so insightful. I can only applaud the parents for their amazing work and resilience. I am so pleased the little boy is doing well. Definitely worth a listening if you have a child on the spectrum.

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Emotional and heart ache tale about a mother and son tackling autism. A very Good read

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I found this a very interesting book as I have 3 grandchildren with autism . It was a good insight into autism & some of the things you said struck a cord with what’s happening in my family . So glad you came through everything & hated every min of the time you were locked away . Your very strong & you’ve done a amazing job & fought for your son . So glad to hear he’s doing ok too . Good luck to your family for the future . Would recommend this book 👍🏼

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I'm not sure what to quite make of this whole book. I enjoyed it as I enjoy any account by an amazing parent or accounts relating to autism. That said, at times the author did grate a little but who am I to judge.

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  • Rebecca
  • 13-08-21

A Mother's love is like no other!

Loved it! Very informative, heartbreaking and inspiring all at the same time. I could fee this mother's pain through out her journey.

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  • mwila
  • 04-09-15

Great book for parents

This book is a great resource for parents. Gives hope but also shows that no parent with an Austic child us alone.

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  • Al
  • 17-05-15

A Different View Of Autism

Ms Lexhed tells us about autism from a mom's view, which is very different from most material available on the subject. Some new and enlightening information. If you know someone with autism, I recommend the book.