Posted on February 13, 2014
The day after I shared my top 10 tips for micro writing, I met the poster person for this very triumph.
Mantu Joshi wrote to tell me that he came upon my book The Productive Writer at the airport, read it in one sitting, and by the time he landed became convinced not only that he had a book to write, but that he would be able to find a way to write it—despite the incredible demands of parenting two special-needs children.
And that is exactly what Mantu Joshi did. For two hours a week, for two years, he wrote The Resilient Parent—a collection of heart-expanding essays that speak courageously and generously of his own discoveries and insights about how to survive and thrive while raising children with special needs.
As the fates would have it, Mantu lives in the same city that I do. And his book launch reading was on a night when my child was with his father. I attended.
Mantu’s event was a reading and a benediction in one. There I experienced a man using language to transmute the greatest vulnerabilities and terrors of the human condition to grace. I do not have a child with special needs, but I am a parent. And I am a human. I wept through most of the reading, awed by the opportunities we have to steer our thoughts, feelings and our lives with the stories we choose to tell.
Clearly, I was not alone in my need for this book-length benediction. Within a few weeks of publishing, The Resilient Parent is already in the top 65 in the Kindle special needs category. This is a book that is already changing lives. Expanding hearts. Saving families. It is a book for parents of children with special needs, and it is a book for anyone who has struggled to find his or her balance amidst extremely strenuous circumstances.
Two hours a week, passion, purpose, and permission. These were the raw ingredients Mantu spun to gold. How will you change the world in just two hours a week?
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