After the summer release of his latest book, Daniel Bowman Jr., Associate Professor of English, hosts an on-campus reading event to discuss what the briefs have to offer.
While Bowman is no stranger to the writing world, his recent publication “On The Spectrum” offers a new tone to his writing. He has already published a collection of his poetry, entitled “A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country”, as well as several works in different anthologies. By comparing this book with other published pieces of him, he takes on a new form: a memoir about his life as it details his personal intersection between autism and faith.
In the book’s description, Bowman attempts to offer a reshaped mindset on autism. It aims to counter the reader’s previous conclusions about the disorder.
âAlmost everyone knows someone on the autism spectrum, whether it’s a niece or nephew, a student in their class, a colleague, a brother, a spouse or child, âsays Bowman. âAbout one in 45 people have autism, according to the CDC, and autism is reported in all racial, ethnic and socio-economic groups. Yet much of what people think they know about autism is false.
Bowman’s personal experience allows him to speak about his story. Being diagnosed later in life, his growth path has shaped him greatly. This book bears witness to that history.
As a Christian, Bowman was able to glean a lot of information about his life and how it was improved.
“‘On the Spectrum’ is a memoir-in-essays, creative non-fiction work in which I tell the story of my autism diagnosis in my thirties and how I had to reframe my life through the prism from what I now understand about myself and my brain wiring, “Bowman said.” I examine the challenges of being autistic in a neurotypical world and in the church. ”
Using this recent version, Bowman is eager to share his work with the campus by hosting an event where he can discuss his book. This event will invite Bowman to talk about the book and kick off his work on campus.
This launch will give more students the opportunity to learn about the topics covered in the book and give them the opportunity to ask questions about Bowman’s experience.
âThe September 30 book and read will give people a chance to hear about autism from the inside out, from someone who has lived through it and who can shed light on the many nuances,â said Bowman.
âUltimately, however, the book is not just about learning about a small subsection of the population (people with autism)â¦ the book is, I hope, an opportunity to learn to love. his neighbor as himself We cannot love people well if we do not listen to their stories, if we do not engage in their suffering and if we do not try to see the world from their point of view. Reading a memoir can make someone more compassionate, and compassion can change the world for the Kingdom of God.
This event will take place on September 30 at 3 p.m. in the Zondervan library. During the event, Tree of Life will sell a few copies of the book. Bowman will read part of the book, answer questions and sign copies.
To learn more about the book, Bowman has a website that includes information and a brief description. Look for a follow-up article on Bowman and his writing process in a later edition of The Echo.