The Overcomers: Christian Authors Who Conquered Learning Disabilitiesis the account of five different Christian authors and how they led successful careers—as writers no less—in spite of having learning disabilities. The authors recounting their stories include: Molly Noble Bull, Margaret Daley, Ginny Aiken, Jane Myers Perrine and Ruth Scofield. Though some battled the same disorder, each manifested itself in a different way and sometimes required different means of overcoming. That’s what makes this book so helpful to those also battling the same foe, as well as the teacher or parent struggling to help the child who is. It reaches out to a broad spectrum of challenges.
The learning disabilities discussed in Overcomersinclude Dyslexia, ADD, and Auditory Processing Disorder. I must confess, I appreciated the mention of Auditory Processing Disorder a great deal, because it is so rarely brought up, and therefore, not as well understood. Not to mention, one I suffer from and my son has to the point of being diagnosed autistic. I am not autistic, but I do understand his frustrations. I related to all of these women in one way or another, having ADD as well.
What is so powerful about this book is that it gives others a sense of what it is like to labor over something that seems so simple to the average person. You hear, in their own words, the pain of being called stupid or lazy, after having fought so hard to keep up. And yet, they were able to take those experiences, along with the gifts God gave them, and turn them into fruitful careers.
This book accomplishes many goals. Along with helping others understand the plight of the learning disabled, it encourages both the challenged and those working with them, that they have strengths outside of this disability and they can overcome these things, either through assistance, using their gifts or working in new and creative ways. There are lots of good suggestions from each author’s point of view.
So if you are wondering why some people seem to “get” things or do things more easily than you do, or you have a child who tells you “this stuff is hard,” when you “know” it’s not, I suggest you read this book. You may just be turning on a light bulb that’s begging to be lit.
What have you had to overcome?