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The extraordinary memoir of a mother's love, commitment and nurturing, which allowed her son, originally diagnosed with severe autism, to flourish into a universally recognized genius--and how any parent can help their child find their spark.
 
Today, at 13, Jacob is a paid researcher in quantum physics, working on extending Einstein's theory of relativity. Diagnosed at 1 with severe autism, at 3 he was assigned to life-skills classes and his parents were told to adjust their expectations. The goal: tying his own shoes at 16. Kristine's belief in the power of hope and the dazzling possibilities that can occur when we keep our minds open and learn to fuel a child's true potential changed everything.




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The Spark
August 29th, 2014
Amazing book which speaks of the power of hope.
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The Spark
July 29th, 2014
This is an incredible story. I can see so many similarities to my grandson which bought me to tears and gave me hope at the same time. Confirms to me that love is what a child needs to succeed in this world.
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Amazing, amazing, amazing!
March 13th, 2014
Such an interesting look into a brain that so few can see. Always see the potential in anyone.
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Amazing
February 3rd, 2014
I literally laughed and cried. This story is amazing. It reads like a novel in some way; difficult to believe it is real, but so incredibly amazing when you think about the fact that it is. I was entirely enthralled.
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Feed your kid's interests. Let them.
November 24th, 2013
A remarkable story about a remarkable family! A good affirmation that we should really be helping, encouraging and advocating for our kids to follow their interests. Even if they do not fit with what we think is better for their future careers. Let them be kids. They will get it right if we just make sure they are exposed to good values. Read this book to see how to recognize what is important, not to be impressed and amazed at the talents of this remarkable person.
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Wow
November 19th, 2013
This was a truly amazing story. I have always been intrigued by autism. Jakes story is inspiring, as is the story of his family. Read and be inspired.
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The Spark
November 11th, 2013
This book gives a feeling of optimism to every parent with an ASD child.
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The Spark
November 5th, 2013
a truly inspiring read.
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The spark
October 22nd, 2013
Remarkable and inspiring.
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October 7th, 2013
Poignant story of a mother's love and persistence in obtaining and providing the best for her son even when it created extraordinary demands on her and her family...
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Love the title...
October 1st, 2013
At times I thought, "how much more can this family take?" An amazing story! I wonder how far Jake will go...
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September 23rd, 2013
I thought this was a great book. The mother's tireless dedication to her son and the commitment to see past the autism and find his true genius gift is inspiring. As parents we all need to find the hidden talents of our children whether they are autistic, ADHD, etc. Recognizing this is key not only our children's success in life, but ours as parents as well.
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Beautiful
April 26th, 2013
Such an inspiring and beautiful book. So glad when this popped up in an email that I bought it instead of just deleting it! Highly recommended. It really brings out the beauty of loving your children.
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The Spark
April 11th, 2013
What an inspiring book. This should be required reading for every parent and teacher!
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