This series will help us understand more about our neighbors in the US. Each of the books will contain personal stories so that we can hear their voices – What is their world like? What is different and what is the same? What do we do now? I hope you will prayerfully consider joining me on this journey, which at times may be a struggle as we come to grips with our own fears, allowing God to help us get to know our neighbors. Please contact me to reserve your spot and purchase a book (if you need one).
301-881-1881, ext. 2006
“The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a 13-Year-Old Boy with Autism” by Naoki Higashida
February 16, 2018, 7:30-9:00pm, Room 206
Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine.
Naoki Higashida was born in Kimitsu, Japan in 1992. Diagnosed with severe autism when he was five, he subsequently learned to communicate using a handmade alphabet grid and began to write poems and short stories. At the age of thirteen he wrote The Reason I Jump, which was published in Japan in 2007. Its English translation came out in 2013, and it has now been published in more than thirty languages. Higashida has since published several books in Japan, including children’s and picture books, poems, and essays. The subject of an award-winning Japanese television documentary in 2014, he continues to give presentations throughout the country about his experience of autism.
Books ($10) will be available in mid-January 2018. Sign up online
Fear of the Other: No Fear in Love by William H. Willimon (February 24, 2017)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (March 24, 2017)
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance (May 19, 2017)
Strangers in Their Own Land by Arlie Russell Hochschild (July 21, 2017)
Acts of Faith: The Story of An American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation by Eboo Patel (September 22, 2017)
Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt (October 20, 2017)
Waking Up White and Finding Myself in the Story of Race by Debby Irving (November 17, 2017)