Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Recent Review

"This compact volume leaves deep impressions on the soul of the reader. Just the ability to document his inner experiences in such a clear chronological way is in itself a feat of craftsmanship. The painful gift which Goodchild describes has echoes of another kind of pain for the reader."

Maureen Farrell, FCJ

Saturday, 19 September 2009

Living Gently Talks

I will be announcing my forthcoming talks in November.

Wednesday, 9 September 2009

Recent Review

"It is often the case that people with High Functioning Autism or Asperger's Syndrome who write about themselves come across as less than sympathetic characters, for indeed it is due to their condition that they are egocentric in their outlook on life. However, it is for the rest of us to adjust to this, and not wish to have a deeply empathic read, but a read that teaches us more about autism, and A Painful Gift does indeed do this."

Jude Ragan, Headteacher of Queensmill School (An outstanding state school in Fulham for children with complex and severe autism)

Sunday, 9 August 2009

Recent Reviews

“I found this book A Painful Gift was a wonderful explanation of autism. It really gets across a little of what it must feel like!”

Ros Smith, Towards Wholeness

“I strongly recommend those who are aware of their autism should read this book to help understand themselves and learn that there are others like them. This book can be a help you to live positively in the world.”

Jonathan McNabb, Third Order Chronicle

“Combining passion and compassion, this book will not leave you unmoved. It will shake and stir you. The author offers the fruits of his own suffering so as to help and encourage others. As a spiritual guide and professional listener he speaks the language of the heart and the guts. This book will gut you.”

Fr Denis Blackledge SJ, Hope Radio

“Though short and simple this is not an easy book to read. It will change your life and your worldview of those with hidden disabilities. It may even provide some readers, who are brave enough to be honest, with a model for exploring their own ‘crucifixions’. What it will do for all who dare to open its pages is bring new life.”

Andrew Dotchin, Third Order Chronicle

“I was captivated by Goodchild's story…It is about the ‘struggle to be truly ourselves in the world’ (6). His struggle has broken him open rather than broken him down (to paraphrase one of his own statements) and is a moving and powerful journey."

Kalyn Falk, Spiritual Directors International,

Monday, 3 August 2009

Forthcoming talks

Between October and February I will be traveling around the country offering talks on my book A Painful Gift, in the coming weeks I will be giving details..