Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Review: Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary by Bill Drover

Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary by Bill Drover
Release Date: May 3, 2010
Genre: Memoir

One of the things I love about Books Complete Me is that we do not read, and therefore, do not review just one type of book. We may find ourselves reading more of one genre at times than others, but in the end we all are searching for a book that will touch us in a way that others books haven't. Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary is one of those books for me.

The Story: This memoir is written by Bill Drover, a successful businessman who had it all: a fairytale marriage to the love of his life and a good job that provided them with a big house and nice cars. Despite their corporate achievements, Bill and his wife, Jeannie, struggled to gain the thing they wanted most - children. After ten years of trying to conceive a child they were finally given the good news that they were expecting twin boys. The first two years were what you would expect for parents of twins: feed, burp, change, sleep. When the boys were two, however, Bill and Jeannie noticed that Nicholas seemed to be progressing much differently than his brother Joseph was. After seeking help from professionals, they were told why. Nicholas has autism.

Bill shares his story of how he and his wife struggle every day with making life better for Nicholas but also how Nicholas has made life better for them. When the economy took a turn for the worse, Bill took the opportunity to take all of his written thoughts and turn them into this heartfelt and inspiring memoir that will remind you to take a moment and appreciate all of the unsung heroes in our world.

My Review: Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary was a book I immediately knew I wanted to read when I was approached about it. My own husband works in a school for children with severe autism and other severe mental disabilities, so agreeing to read and review this book is more of an honor for me than any other book I have read. The author gives us an intimate view into the world that he and his wife live everyday. There are struggles but there is also joy. There is the unknown but there is also the gift of having one another to hold onto for the ride. Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary is not only a tale of what it is like to have a child with autism, it is also a tale of how true love can overcome anything. It has inspired me to make sure the angels in my own life know they are appreciated and I encourage you to do the same. Too often we overlook the ones who truly deserve our gratitude - the angels among us who really are extraordinary. I really enjoyed this book and am grateful that I had the opportunity to review it.

Rating: 4 Stars

You can purchase Stumbling Upon the Extraordinary at Amazon and at Dorrance Publishing's Online Bookstore.

Get to know the author, Bill Drover by contacting him directly at his Facebook Page.


  1. I HAVE to read this book. I work with children, so I enjoy reading about others experience with children. Cindy, it sounded interesting when you first mentioned the book to me, now its a definite "must" read for me!

  2. Oh wow, I need to read this one as well. I've taught a couple of autistic kids at church and they were such sweethearts.



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