You Only Want Me for My Mind reveals a quirky boy born not only with cerebral palsy but with an uncanny ability to overcome obstacles and mobilise people. In a world reminiscent of My Left Foot and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, we watch him laugh off the verdicts of the experts as he grows towards a life of his choosing – as an independent artist, writer and mentor for young people.
Despite being completely non-verbal, with only the limited movement of one hand hovering over a communication board, John Rynn is making a statement in writing this book. Composed by writing twenty-nine words a day over a gruelling seven years, this memoir stands as a testament to his creativity and pluck.
This is a story of how to survive and prevail over the impact of life shattering events. Even more, it’s about surpassing the limits dealt to us and thriving with gratitude, humour and vitality.
John Rynn and You Only Want Me For My Mind are commended in the Queensland Parliament by Member for Capalaba, Mr Davies (Read the Hansard transcript here at p 3270).
Syndicated feature article in Quest Courier-Mail newspapers about the book launches: “Man born with non-verbal cerebral palsy spends seven years writing autobiography”
John sparks public debate over the issue of use of disabled toilets in this feature article