Most people start their review of a book with its best points. I am starting with the absolute worst thing about this book. It‘s TOO SHORT! The book should be at least twice if not three times as long as there are a lot more disabled dominants that could be telling their story than the few Raven got to write their story in addition to his. It is not a book about how bad things are. It is a book about the victory over adversity that people have achieved no matter what life has hit them with. Most chapters are written by people with disabilities. A few are written by those who serve them. All are worth reading.
You don’t have to be disabled or the sub/slave of someone disabled to find value in “Hell on Wheels”. Reading this will help everyone in any condition improve their mastery skills and to see different ways around many situations that they haven’t thought of before. The chapters are mostly about how people rethink their lives and how doing so makes things better. Anyone can do this and can find new, different and probably better ways of doing things than they had before.
It is also good reading for those who know or interact with people who have some form of disability and will help them include more people in group activities. What most people think is needed often isn’t as much help as they believe. The old adage of ask first goes a long way. That is something taught very well in the book.
Also, as people age, and we all do that, this book will help you keep doing longer and with more enjoyment than you might have otherwise. There is no one that I see who cannot be helped with ideas and solutions found in the book. Many won’t work for everyone, but they can set you thinking about new ways you can do things even if you or someone close to you doesn't have a disability.
One last thing. Should Raven ever produce a revised or new edition, I want to be at the head of the line to add a chapter.
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