Lonely Girl, Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love  -     By: Lauri Khodabandehloo
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Lonely Girl, Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love

Deep River Books / 2011 / Paperback

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From the moment of her birth, Farema was not like her sisters. She didn't respond normally to sounds or the touch of a hand. She was different. Embrace this mother's deeply personal account of tragedies and triumphs, along with joys and sorrows of raising a child with the devastating disability of autism.

Author Lauri Khodabandehloo takes us on a journey down the broken road that leads us to the truth of God's overwhelming faithfulness, and His promise to never leave us as she shares the special bond between those who are challenged with a developmental disability and the people who love them.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Deep River Books
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1935265466
ISBN-13: 9781935265467
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From the moment of her birth, Farema was not like her sisters. She didn't respond normally to sounds or the touch of a hand. She was different. Embrace this mother's deeply personal account of tragedies and triumphs, along with joys and sorrows of raising a child with the devastating disability of autism. When lives have been turned upside down and we have nothing left to cling to, God offers amazing grace to find encouragement and authentic hope in the face of overwhelming confusion and grief.Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor Lauri Khodabandehloo takes us on a journey down the broken road that leads us to the truth of God's overwhelming faithfulness, and His promise to never leave us as she shares the special bond between those who are challenged with a developmental disability and the people who love them.

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  1. Calhoun, GA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful example of God's unending grace!
    August 9, 2011
    Kimberly
    Calhoun, GA
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Lauri's honesty cut to my core. I couldn't put it down! Every feeling is shared. Every thought captured. She has opened up her heart and revealed the innards of a mother who struggled to find God's promise. This book is an inspiration. Not in it all turn out as sunshine and rainbows kind of inspiration, but the kind of inspiration that is relevant to us all: how to find God's grace as we stumble through this life. I can wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who wants a look into a beautiful example of God's unending grace.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Heart-breaking story of a mother's love
    May 11, 2011
    Christy Lockstein
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Lonely Girl, Gracious God by Lauri Khodabandehloo is a moving story of a mother's struggle to make a better life for her child. Lauri and her husband Cody already had three daughters when she became pregnant with Farema. From the earliest moments of her pregnancy, Lauri knew there was something very different about her baby. After she was born, her worries grew, but she tucked them in her heart, afraid that if she discussed them with anyone, even her husband, they would become more real. After countless tests, the word autism comes up again and again, but Lauri ignores it wanting only for her little girl to be normal. She prays again and again that each treatment, each test will make Farema somehow normal. Meanwhile, her older daughters felt frustrated by their perception of Farema's being spoiled rotten. Readers follow Lauri through the darkest times in her heart, and she reveals things that many mothers would be ashamed to ever say aloud. But God bless her honesty, because she gives readers a true look inside the life of an autistic child with all of its ups and downs. Readers will soar with Farema when she finally finds freedom in ice-skating and crash with her as her attempt at independence ends tragically. This book is not an easy read. It is heart-breaking as Lauri truly opens her heart up for the world to see. In the end, readers are left with the knowledge that God had planned Farema to be just as she is from before she was born, and that He is still in control today. My one complaint is that I wish the author had included some pictures of Farema and maybe even the rest of the family. If you visit the author's website you can see some pictures of her there, as well as a video of her ice-skating, but I would have loved to see "Fee" in pictures in the book as well.
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