The Dunnigan family's persistent pioneering quest to create a life-path of 'ordinary' for Matt reminded me of the preciousness and precariousness of 'ordinary'. Although I'm aware of many issues around disability, immersion in the history of your advocacy, based on your inner values, shifted and broadened my perspective. This book needs to be required reading in colleges and universities that are educating students for social service work.
What was first evident for me in reading Warrior Angel was the revealing honesty of the author. From this honesty arose a vulnerability that is unusual to find in the pages of books. For me, that vulnerability created an intimacy with the author and her family that allowed me to relate to the issues of disability as I previously had not experienced.
This book shares possibilities that are typically not considered within mainstream agencies assigned with the care of people who are differently-abled and would be beneficial reading for those who work within those agencies.
Gateway Gals Bookclub -May 30, 2021
What started as a suggestion to gather with a few friends, turned into a book club meeting over ZOOM with 8 people. What a different experience it was having the author of the book included in the discussion; a first for me.Members were quickly engaged and asked questions about the author and her family. We were all so engrossed in the conversation that it lasted 2 hours!
Susan’s openness and insight into her family’s story proved to be a learning experience for us all, no matter where we came from. I encourage others to invite the author and continue the conversation to further explore your reading journey.