Friday, April 28, 2006

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Letters to Sam is heartbreaking and heartmending all at the same time. I cried as I read and felt my heart open and fill with love. Being with Dan through these stories is a precious gift. I feel lucky that he became a grandfather and was inspired to write to Sam--and then so glad he let us all in on it. Dan has the authority of having lived through the extremities of pain and loss, so when you bite down on his wisdom, it's gold. I want to give this book to everyone I care about.
--Ellen Bass, author of Mules of Love


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Although I haven't written a book, I've read thousands and Letters to Sam just may be the very best of its genre. I'm buying it for everyone I love and, after reading the book, even for some I don't.

If you have a heart, especially a heart that's been known to ache, you will not be disappointed in this book.

Well done, Dr. Dan, and thank you.


4:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dr. Gottlieb,

I want to thank you so much for allowing me to read your inner most thoughts in "Letters to Sam". As a wife of someone with autism and a mother of a child with autism, it was a relief for me to hear another person express all the feelings, wants, needs and desires that I too have. Your honesty made me cry because you were willing to verbalize all those things I have not been willing to admit. You also reminded me that both my husband and son are not just "autistic" but they are souls that do hurt.

You have helped me realize and accept that my husband will not be able to meet all my needs. I should stop looking for that void to be filled by him and learn to accept him for what he can offer and for the wonderfully odd, peculiar and unusual person that he is!

The way in which you are able to express yourself and touch others --- just amazes me. I know the peace that you speak of and also the huge responsibility that you feel to take care of what God has given you. It is encouraging to know that you have been through so much more than I could even imagine and yet you still stay focused on your purpose and higher calling.

I have purchased the book for the teachers this year at my son's school. I want them to have a glimpse into life with a disability but even more so, I want to thank them for taking care of their little piece of the universe.

On a different note, I had not heard of you before hearing you on NPR last week. Autism was the draw for me but after listening to many of your programs via the web, I am so impressed the quality of mental health, developmental disabilities (autism) and substance abuse programming you provide! Keep up the excellence in programming. Those of us in the field can not get enough good info packed into such a short time period (52 minutes).

Thank you for fulfilling your purpose, pushing on and being willing to share who you are with the world!

Amy Myers Stevens, MA, QP

2:21 PM  
Blogger Emily's Oma said...

Dr. Gottlieb,
Just a thanks for sharing your story. I was touched by your interview. for I am the Grandmother of little Emily,a little blessing from God with Autism. I will be buying your book this weekend to share with my daughter, Emily's mom. Thanks so much.

8:43 PM  
Blogger Tracie said...

Dr Gottlieb,
I was sent an email with an excerpt of you book regarding the letter to Sam regarding "labels."
With my experience as a nurse I frequently heard staff "label" the patients as the "fractured hip" or the "stroke" in room 440A. I was a very young nurse at 18, and just the thought that people could be stripped of their identities was heartbreaking. I made an honest effort never to do so. As I entered my adult years, I continued to refrain from falling into labeling patients and precepted new nurses to never refer to patients that way. On Mother's Day May 10, 1992, I received a gift. I had no idea how special a gift at that time. Until June of 1995, when I was told that my son, Brandon was diagnosed with PPD, later Autism, Asperger's Syndrome. I went through the stages of loss, but a friend gently reminded me that, "God does not give you more than you can handle and he entrusted this little boy to you because you showed him that you were worthy." Thank you for sharing you letters to Sam and thank you for reminding us that we are not the labels that people tend to place on us.
Tracie Angelo,CRRN, RN

7:00 PM  

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