Book Review for The Sound of a Miracle:
The Sound of a Miracle is Annabel Stehli's riveting story of her daughter Georgiana's triumphant progress from autistic and functionally retarded to gifted. When mothers from all over the country contacted Annabel and told her their stories, she put them in touch with one another, forming The Parent's Network, and inspired them to do as she had done: Defy the negative prognoses of the experts and fight for their children with Autism, Pervasive Developmental Delay (PDD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD), Dyslexia, and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
Georgie's painful hearing, her most distressing symptom, a new intervention
called auditory training made it possible for her to enjoy communication and to
excel academically. There are many Georgies now, ready to take their place among
their peers without a label, with a future as bright as any child's. The
interest sparked by The Sound of a Miracle resulted in the
founding of what is now The Georgiana Institute, the validation of auditory
training as a thoroughly researched treatment modality, and its availability
First published in hardcover by Doubleday in 1991, this book was a Literary Guild Alternate Selection, and has been translated into Chinese, Dutch and German. It has also been condensed and published in The Reader's Digest, and acquired by numerous public libraries. Currently in its fifth printing, it is sold in trade paperback by the Institute and in bookstores.
The Sound of a Miracle has been reviewed and publicized on 20/20, Larry King, and Sally Jessy Raphael and numerous times on cable and radio as well as in print. It is also the highlight of discussions and workshops given at conferences across the country.
Reviews of "Sound of a Miracle"
is a powerful story of courage, hope and determination" - Library Journal
". . .
pinions the reader to the page. Stehli ... keeps up a rattling pace, has a
convincing ear fro dialogue and a vivid way with description." -
Rachel Billington, London
revelations, especially her insights into battling the medical community,
are invaluable for any parent of a child with a physical or psychological
disorder." - Booklist (starred review)
have ever been tempted to give in to despair, read this true story. It will
inspire you to be braver than you ever thought possible. Because miracles
can happen." - Literary Guild (Alternate Selection)
" ... very readable. She [Stehli] has the ability to walk through her pages as a real person so that the reader reacts with her, thinks with her, and certainly feels with her. She has the gift of writing. " - Norman Vincent Peale
"Well written and incredibly moving, the book shows that you should fight for what you believe is right for your child." - Parents Magazine (U.K.)