"Love Is Not Enough" is at times so candid, revealing and painfully tangible that one has to put it aside to catch one's breath.
-Dagens Industri Weekend (Largest business paper in Scandinavia)
The book Jenny Lexhed has written, about her autistic child and her mental breakdown, is not just the tale of an over-worked mom and a family in crisis. It's also about fortitude and above all the way back to a good life. It's a story told with both gallows humor and a self-effacing irony.
-Dagens Nyheter (Largest daily newspaper in Sweden)
"Jenny Lexhed has written a searing and unflinchingly honest memoir in which she courageously shares her struggle for both her own mental health and her autistic son's future. Many mothers of autistic children silently endure debilitating depression as they encounter seemingly endless obstacles in their fight for their child. Lexhed does the community of autism families a great service by sharing the story of her nervous breakdown and her battle back to mental health."
-Katie Wright, board member of SafeMinds, daughter of the founders of Autism Speaks
"Love Is Not Enough is a beautiful and searing read. Jenny Lexhed is both fierce and fragile as she struggles to understand her son and the world of autism. The journey of loving Lucas and finding the best treatments for autism takes her family on a path that is filled with confusion, disappointment, frustration, and further traumas—and one can feel the layers of those emotions with Lexhed's beautiful prose. Sometimes heart-wrenching, other times humorously touching, Love Is Not Enough reminds us that one of the most important things we can do as parents of special needs children is to be their champion, their advocate."
-Deborah Serani, Psy.D., author of Depression and Your Child: A Guide for Parents and Caregivers
"An honest, gripping, and eye-opening trip through the world of parenting a child with autism, from the deep love that inspires the exploration of all options to the surprising toll it took on one mother. A must-read for any parent of a child who is 'different,' indeed, for anyone interested in the power of love to rise above hopelessness."
-Randye Kaye, author of Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope
Sometimes the story is told as entries in a diary, at times like a factual report and other times like a classic novel. The emotional description works, her anxiety is very palpable and I am totally engrossed. Tears flow. A gripping portrayal of a child's way out of a diagnosis, with manifestation and symptoms that both horrify and fascinate. Well worth reading.
-Trots Allt (Culture Magazine, Sweden)
I receive many emails from readers and people who have heard me speak. Though I'd been hesitant at first to publish the book, I now know that I've touched many people out there, and I know our story has made a difference. One email I got was from a teenage girl. She had been committed to a psychiatric ward but was back home again. She had been depressed and wanted to end her life but now was feeling better and had read my book. She wrote that reading about my struggle gave her the strength she needed. She realized that she would overcome her own hardship and was inspired to fight on and keep on living. That email really warmed my heart.
Another email I got was from the mother of a child with autism: We fight, struggle, and argue for the sake of our kids. No one gives me the extra energy to make it through the day except, yes, my wonderful little daughter, whose laughter reaches way down into my soul. And my wonderful, proud son, who protects his sister at all times! And then there's your wonderful book. I bought it for all my relatives, and I'm giving it to anyone having a birthday. Through your words, they will better understand my life. Your story describes, purely and without varnish, what it's like to struggle for your child, to struggle until you go crazy, and then get up again and continue the struggle. Many thanks to you for taking the time and energy to bravely write Love Is Not Enough.