The Long Ride Home The Extraordinary Journey of Healing


  • Paperback
  • 322 pages
  • The Long Ride Home The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life
  • Rupert Isaacson
  • English
  • 21 April 2016
  • 9780141033631

10 thoughts on “The Long Ride Home The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life

  1. Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up Petra-Eggs Sunny Side Up says:

    I'm an existentialist a pragmatist and look askance at those who believe in any form of magic spells or influence on the here and now by muttering mumbo jumbo whether from an obeah man a shaman priest or rabbi Which isn't to say I don't enjoy the ritual and hopefully accompanying feast But still I was touched by this man and the extremes he would go to try and heal his severely autistic son It relied on having a lot of money and a mostly compliant wife and very much being a hands on father to his untoilet trained son He went to the ends of the earth to the high summer plains in Mongolia paying for guides and their families vehicles horses shamans and ceremonies all for his son And his son made gains if not towards normality at least towards socialisation Using the toilet making friends with other children and learning a skill like riding were great achievementsThe author who is the little boy's father has no idea if it was the shamanistic ceremonies that brought about these happy changes or if it was a fortuitious by product of such an amazing experience as the summer in Mongolia He comes down on the side of the healing was the little boy's connection with animals specifically horses Well he would say that he's been involved in horses all his life Proof of that is that on his return to Texas he didn't open a centre for Mongolian Shamanism to help autistic children but Horseboy Foundation which uses movement and horses as therapy His little boy Rowan has been homeschooled on the back of a horse maths English everything taught whilst up in the saddle It would take a hard person not to like this lovely man and the great love he has not just for his own child but for all children similarly afflicted and how he wants to help them allI really enjoyed the book Rupert Isaacson can write I've just ordered The Healing Land The Bushmen and the Kalahari Desert I'm looking forward to reading it I already know a little about this area from The Old Way A Story of the First People It's really great isn't it how a good writer can lead you into their other books even the subject matter isn't related you just like how they write what they want to say


  2. Mom Mom says:

    Unbelievable Disgusting Annoying Breathtaking Gripping Soul searching Intense Amazing Curious Disappointing All words I could use to describe this book I have a real love hate relationship with this book In the beginning it didn't hold my interest very well and I couldn't wait to get it over with As I continued to read about the adventure in Mongolia I was so riveted I could barely put it down for wanting to know the outcome Only to be disappointed at the end when the final Shaman didn't shed any light on what he saw or what his vision was in regard to what the roots of Rowan's afflictions were and how what he saw would help just that it would The descriptions of the ceremonies and rituals were so graphic I could barely stand to read about them In the end I am so happy for the family that Rowan and his family were healed from the experience Not to take anything away from them and their experience but many families have children who suffer from Autism and have no funds or guidance or contacts to help them get the help they need; in these cases I find it so sad that these lost souls have no recourse but to be saddled with their afflictions and not to be able to fly free with their wonderful personalities and talents and share with us their special gifts Can I recommend this book? I don't know I don't feel that everyone would benefit from reading about this it is a very unconventional and for most unthinkable treatment path to seek However some of the proceeds from this book go to the schoolcamp the author has established for treatment and therapy with horses for Autistic children which I support whole heartedly


  3. Evelyn Woagh Evelyn Woagh says:

    The first thing I need to say is that the author at times says things which have me uncomfortable He seems very self entitled For example throughout the book he'll focus on the physical characteristics of women such as their body size and general attractiveness while constrastly defining men as either wise strong or silly boys Perceive that as you mayAnyway as a person who has experience working with adults with developmental disabilities I did find the beginning sections to be helpful at further understanding the experience of extreme sensitivities among other things and subseuently how to better assist them be as independent as possibleBut eventually the story took a turn for the repetitive The dialogue is boring There really isn't a need to repeat dialogue like 'Ok' or repeat each time his son gets upset in some way Even though the latter issue might be effective at drawing an understanding of this kind of life it is not an effective narrativeI did like the interactions with shamanism I respect much of the practice and have a new interest in it as a person with druidic tendencies But I could never really afford a journey like what they had so where to learn the practices? Anyway overall I learned some but eventually I got pretty bored and annoyed with the objectification and repetition The ending was nice


  4. Julie Julie says:

    I just finished the book Marvelous read A remarkable story of a family's journey and a remarkable healing It was a joy to read I've heard it said that we're never tested beyond our ability to deal with the tests we're given I don't think I would have been able to deal with the sorts of challenges that the Isaacson's had to deal with I loved the author's summary at the end Very valuable for me to frame this mysterious disorder In the esoteric lore it 'reads' that advanced souls will be born into a trying time on earth to help the earthmankind into the next level Perhaps these gifted and interesting souls are among the helpers There were so many things I loved about the bookespecially the author's description of the beautiful countryside that they passed through For that reason I started streaming the Netflix movie last night but only got 13 through saving it for later when it wasn't so late The book though is always better I'll look forward to watching the rest of the movie I highly recommend this book


  5. Kellie Kellie says:

    He's a good writer he writes well and I was interested enough to read and see the book to the end But to me he came across as arrogant and what he calls science doesn't really follow the scientific method for example he says something I think he attributes to his wife like if rises in autism could be attributed to autism being diagnosed freuently we'd see a decline in other forms of developmental disorder which is pretty much NOT a scientific argument as it assumes autism was being diagnosed at all versus people just being called eccentric or different but not being diagnosedThe book is really full of bad science which was a barrier for me to any credibility


  6. Scottsdale Public Library Scottsdale Public Library says:

    This is a memoir chronicling a family's ongoing struggle to raise an autistic son It follows the journey they take to Mongolia in the hopes of healing him It is beautifully written and very moving I highly recommend both reading the book and watching the DVD by the same name as they complement each other Kassandra V


  7. Laura Laura says:

    How far would you go to heal your child?This book is not amazingly written and a journey of that kind doesn't have to be necessary for everyone with a child with special needs But it was necessary for the Isaacson family and that is all that matters here We all have our mountains to climb and our journeys to make each in our own way to reach our goals But in the end it will be the same for all of us WE CAN MAKE IT We can somehow be happy despite the anger and the hurt and all the prejudice thrown at us for having a child with special needs we can somehow rise above it and find our own way not to a cure because that may not be possible but to a little healing and a way to smile againIt may take a lot of risk and a lot of work; it may even take an epic horseback journey but we can all get there someday This is the message this story is sending and this is why it's absolutely worth reading


  8. Amy Amy says:

    I wasn't sure if I'd like this story since Rupert Isaacson is the main character the author AND the narrator But it's very well doneMy heart broke for Rupert his wife and their severely autistic son as they just tried to survive day to day and find the extra energy to try different treatments therapies supplementsanything that might helpWho would have thought that a trip to Mongolia way out of their regular routine would not only be possible but would actually help bring healing?I don't honestly know what I believe about faith healing or really how it works or if it is partly explainable via natural means and I'm not sure entirely what I think about the shamans that they traveled to see over in Mongolia but I do believe the shamans were attempting to help out of love and love has its own powerWhatever the case Rupert and his wife took an enormous incalculable risk and in doing so found what they and their son so desperately needed healing and hopeThis is an amazing story and beautifully told


  9. Karen Karen says:

    You know when you are at Costco and just before checking out you peruse the book aisle spontaneously pick one out and then hope it's magic? Well this book was very interesting shamans autism and a couple so completely unlike me that I had to learn from them I enjoyed the passion of the father and I celebrated with him in the small successes His writing is terrible I also don't think his motives were pure Maybe I'd do the same thing in a desperate situation try to make the most of it by at least making some money along the difficult road I rarely picked this book up for excitement to read the next chapter it was mostly to finish


  10. SouthWestZippy SouthWestZippy says:

    The whole time I was reading this book I keep asking myself just who was he trying to help himself or his son? Father is in denial and Mother is just along for the ride I found Rupert to be overbearing and hopelessly clueless I also found him to be down right rude talking about his interaction with the Native people trying to help him and his son Writing is far to detailed to the point you lose all focus and interest I do hope one day Rupert wakes up and sees he is not and never will be in control


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The Long Ride Home The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life[PDF / Epub] ⚣ The Long Ride Home The Extraordinary Journey of Healing that Changed a Child's Life ✈ Rupert Isaacson – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Rupert Isaacson's The Horse Boy is one family's epic journey to rescue their sonRupert and Kirstin Isaacson were heartbroken when they learned that their two year old son Rowan was autistic And with e Rupert Isaacson's The Horse Boy is one family's Ride Home ePUB ☆ epic journey to rescue their sonRupert and Kirstin Isaacson were heartbroken when they learned that their two year old son Rowan was autistic And with each passing day Rowan's growing isolation his uncontrollable fits each failed treatment filled them with despairThen one day Rowan escaped and ran into a field of horses Rupert watched in horror but saw a miracle occur The horses responded lovingly to Rowan and he to The Long ePUB í them Could Rowan's affinity with these animals save their son from his conditionThe Isaacsons left their home in Texas and travelled to the plains and mountains of Mongolia the spiritual home of the horse risking everything their happiness future and sanity on an arduous epic horseback journey in search of a cure for Rowan 'An elegant affecting narrativea triumph of the human spirit' Daily Telegraph'Captivating incredible a magical journey an impossible dream' Telegraph Weekend'It is probably only once in Long Ride Home PDF/EPUB ì a critical lifetime that one will be moved almost to tears by such an account the excellence of his writing creates an elegant affecting narrative a triumph of the human spirit' Telegraph'Magical miraculous uplifting' Daily MailRupert Isaacson is British but lives with his family in Texas USA He is an ex professional horse trainer and founding director of the Indigenous Land Rights Fund He is the author of The Healing Land A Kalahari Journey and his journalism and travel Long Ride Home The Extraordinary MOBI :Ê writing has appeared in the Daily Telegraph Esuire National Geographic Independent on Sunday Conde Nast Traveller Daily Mail and The Field.


About the Author: Rupert Isaacson

Rupert Isaacson was born in London to a Ride Home ePUB ☆ South African mother and a Zimbabwean father Isaacson's first book The Healing Land Grove Press was a New York Times Notable Book He has travelled extensively in Africa Asia and North America for the British press and now lives in Austin Texas with his wife Kristin and their son Rowan.