The Miracle Continues

In 1979, the classic bestseller Son Rise was made into an award-winning NBC television special, which has been viewed by 300 million people worldwide. Now, Son Rise: The Miracle Continues presents not only the expanded and updated journal of Barry and Samahria Kaufman’s successful effort to reach their “unreachable” child but goes beyond to include a sensitive portrayal of how that singular event has become a worldwide phenomenon.

When their son Raun was a year old, he began to withdraw from human contact. Diagnosed as autistic, Raun tested with an I.Q. of under 30. Experts offered no hope and advised institutionalizing him. Barry and Samahria refused to accept this prognosis. For several years they worked with Raun in a program of their own design, based on unconditional love and acceptance. By age three and a half, Raun was functioning above his age level — a bright and curious little person.

The story of the Kaufmans’ experience to this point makes up Part I of Son Rise: The Miracle Continues.

Part II continues Raun’s story and describes the intervening years as the Kaufmans offered hope and healing to thousands of families with special-needs children. At age twenty, Raun attended a top university, and displayed a near-genius I.Q. Today, he shows no trace of his former condition.

Part III of the book highlights the moving stories of five families who, guided by the Kaufmans and the Son-Rise Program, have created “rebirths” for their own special children.