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Apr 11, 2012 | Luke Blount

Former Priest to Hold Book Talk and Signing

Boy who saved my lifeEarle Martin, a former priest in the Diocese of Texas, is holding a book talk and signing on April 11 for his book entitled "The Boy Who Saved My Life." Winner of the Barbara Jordan Award for positively reporting on individuals with disabilities, Martin writes about how Charlie, his grandson with autism, rescued his soul. The book signing will be at the Brazos Bookstore at 2421 Bissonnet St. in Houston at 7 p.m. 


Martin was a priest in the Diocese of Texas from 1959 through 1970, serving at St. Thomas, College Station and St. John the Divine, Houston. He also volunteers regularly at the Christ Church Cathedral Bookstore.


More about the book from


What you will read in the following pages is not a definitive work about autism. It is one grandfather’s reflections on his grandson’s autism, born out of years of friendship. You will leave this small volume with an idea of what Charlie’s family has done to try to help him deal with his autism, but more importantly a sense of what Charlie, himself, has accomplished. And, most of all, you will be reminded of the joy that comes from meeting others where they are, helping them in their mission to be their best selves and allowing them to show us our own best selves. In the brightness of that understanding lies hope, for those with autism and special needs, and for those of us who share our lives with these truly special people.