Once upon a time, there was a perfect family: one father, one mother, and one perfect son. Then they had an “imperfect” child. Katie Letcher Lyle writes about how their “perfect” family adapted to living with and caring for their “imperfect child” — but more than that, this funny, wise book is about how Jennie graced their lives, and showed them they didn't know beans about "perfect."
Jennie taught them about what it means to be human, about the magic that is all around us every second, about the power of choice that each one of us has, and about the beauty that arises out of darkness.
Praise for All Time Is Now ...
“How does a family cope when a much-wanted child is diagnosed with multiple handicaps? ‘Hang on for the ride of a lifetime,’ writes Katie Letcher Lyle. And that is precisely the adventure on which she takes her readers. In her new book All Time Is Now, she tells two stories, that of her now-grown daughter Jennie and that of the rest of her family. It’s a tale of miracles: learning to accept Jennie’s retardation and cerebral palsy, then reaching out to understand, and finally triumphing over the kind of adversity no family wants to face. Jennie will always be five years old, she 11 always live in the present moment, and she’s happy.” —Janet Lembke, author of The Quality of Life: Living Well. Dying Well
“All Time Is Now is compassionate, candid and wise. Katie Letcher Lyle has written a book for every parent.” — Donald McCaig, author of Jacob s Ladder: A Story of Virginia During the War
“...In the hands of Katie Lyle All time Is Now, the story of a family learning to live with a child with multiple challenges, is uplifting, inspirational, even funny. With refreshing honesty, the author gently guides us through the first 27 years of Jennie’s life. Along the journey we follow Lyle’s own transformational evolution. This is one wise, beautiful woman sharing a remarkable story with grace and dignity.” — Darlene R. Miller, PhD, Director of Programs, The Monroe Institute