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Thursday, July 07, 2016

The Life We Never Expected Book Review and Giveaway - Ends 7/17

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.



I love the book "The Life We Never Expected" (keep reading to find out how to win your own copy).  I have a 14 year old son with an autism spectrum disorder. He's a funny, engaging and genuinely sweet young man. But 9 years ago when he was diagnosed, I had to deal with living a new sort of life. Just the title of the book resonated so deeply with me that I had to get a copy. I appreciate the way Andrew and Rachel Wilson provide comfort and hope for parents in the midst of their own struggles having a child with special needs. 

I also really appreciated and loved the end of the book when they talk a little about how to support a family with a special needs child. It is a good reminder that extended family and close friends also experience some grief and need some reassurance and hope.

There are different cycles in the book. And each one has something written by either Andrew or Rachel sharing a portion of the cycle. They see the cycle as: 
Weeping
Worshiping
Waiting
Witnessing
And Breathe

Each of the cycles resonated with something in my past or something I'm experiencing now. Whether you have a child with special needs, or are a family memer or friend of someone with special needs, this book is an amazing Christian look at living the life we never expected with joy and hope. 

ABOUT THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED:
What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 

3 comments:

Kreaka said...

I would like to read this as a Christian who works in a public school with an autism division.

Marjorie/cenya2 said...

I would read it, my grandson has autism and I could use more education on the subject.

Stephanie Grant said...

I would like to read this and then have it on hand in the pediatric ward of the hospital I work in. I'm an RN at a local hospital and I work with children everyday and many of them have special needs and I think this would be a wonderful way to help the parents in just "lending" them the book to help with their understanding of special needs.

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