As you know if you’ve read recent posts, two of my children have autism. One of the gifts of autism is the ability to think concretely about big, beautiful ideas. I had been pondering how much of my teaching style relies on that very gift, when I had the opportunity to review The Suitcase by Jane G. Meyer. Thomas, the stories protagonist, has many of the hallmarks of a boy with autism: he enjoys spinning and lining up toys and a favorite quiet spot and talking at length about subjects he loves. I was immediately fond of Thomas, as he reminds me so much of many of the persons I love. I love two things especially about this story: The parables about the Kingdom…