Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family  -     By: Laurie Wallin
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An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who's been there.

"It isn't the long day of monitoring a child's precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it's the wishing that things were different. Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents' greatest stressor and source of pain." -Laurie Wallin

Parents of specials needs children are exhausted. They've done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children's needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents' mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.

Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they're drowning.

This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar-coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and - above all - hope.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0825443393
ISBN-13: 9780825443398

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  1. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Resource!!
    December 21, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is a great book for parents of special needs children. I offers encouragement and resources that are out there available to be used as reminders that all children are special in God's eyes.

    I received this book from the Book Club Network for my honest opinion.
  2. SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Must Read for Special Needs Parents...
    August 11, 2015
    Becky
    SW MI
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Working with special needs children in a classroom, I have often been amazed by the parents of these children. How do they do it? We teach them, help them, love them, and send them home at the end of the day. Often special needs parents are either with their children or at least "on call" 24/7. Laurie Wallin graciously opens up about life in her family with two special needs daughters and two other children, plus a husband who all need attention. How does she "do it all" without cracking, without resentment, without just plain giving up?

    Through surveys and citing multiple authors, always tying into Biblical truth, Wallin makes some powerful assertions. We need to forgive in many areas. We need to grieve in a healthy way. We need to exhibit the grace and love to others that we so desire they show to us. And we can't forget gratitude!

    Wallin speaks of forgiving continually. We must "forgive" God, since we know He could have made the special needs child different. We need to forgive the child her/himself, who is taking up so much of our time. We need to forgive churches who don't know how to help us, friends who may turn away, even family members, including spouses, who don't always help in the 'right' way.

    We need to grieve, even rant at God, but then be honest with Him. Tell Him how you really feel, and then listen for His voice. Instead of accusing Him, ask how these situations can be used for His glory.

    Give grace. To your special needs children, "ask God for eyes to see what He intended when He wired them that way." For the well-meaning professionals, who are suggesting something you've tried a dozen times already, give yourself grace. When you as a parent feel abandoned, left out, isolated, give grace to those causing it, because at the heart of it all, we all require grace.

    Basically, Wallin seems to say, you can hold on to your bitterness,your anger, your resentment, or you can choose to forgive. You can choose to show grace, and look for areas in which you can show gratitude. It's up to you, and whether you choose to wallow in misery or to forgive and live in freedom.

    I gratefully received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for an honest review.
  3. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Written for relationships including special needs individuals, but has pointers for relationships with anyone.
    July 27, 2015
    Cindy J
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    Get Your Joy Back by Laurie Wallin is written to encourage parents of special needs children. Relationships between the parent and seven other individuals or groups are examined because issues within these relationships can cause stress, resulting in loss of joy. Ms. Wallin writes from her heart, giving specific examples from personal experience or from experiences related to her.

    Although I do not have special needs children, I have friends who do. I wont pretend that I understood the immense scope of raising a special needs child or the resulting emotional highs and lows the parents experience regularly. However, I do feel I gained a better understanding of the special needs children I know and the challenges faced by both the children and their families, which was my desire in reading this book. But this book also included many aspects applicable to any relationship, not just those involving individuals with special needs. As Ms. Wallin states, No matter how old we are, no matter how well our families of origin have gotten along, deep down we long for our families to support us unconditionally ... When they cant or wont fill that expectation, at the very least we can feel emotionally abandoned. (88) I find this to be true in my own life. Ms. Wallin also points out that we need to become a balanced historian in the records [we] keepfind a way to see the good stuff. (108) This is a timely reminder to intentionally remember good things from our lives, not only the bad things that have happened. She also points out Its painful to go to a place in which we expect not just to be tolerated but included and accepted, only to find out were not. (123) Again, I believe this can apply to any person, not only special needs individuals. Many parents, no matter what issues or non-issues our children have, struggle with comparing our messy twenty-four-hour-a-day lives with the polished snapshot versions we see in other families at church or community events. (24) That issue I have struggled with most of my adult life. These issues, and many others, are addressed in Get Your Joy Back.

    Because this book was written for families with special needs children, I cant really comment on the true benefits of this book to those families. But I believe anyone can benefit from some of the relationship pointers available in these pages. This was not an easy book for me to read, but I did find it helpful for my relationship with my special needs friends and their families.

    I received a copy of this book through The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Falmouth, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    for weary parents of special needs kids from a parent who's been there
    July 15, 2015
    BillieKay
    Falmouth, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book is about Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family and is written for the parents of special needs children. I think it would also be an important read for anyone who knows a family with special needs children or anyone who is in a position to work with and/or minister to families. Many of the truths in this book apply to all families. As the parent of a special needs child who is now 15 years old, I would have benefited even more from this book had I been able to read it years ago. It is helpful to know that there are others out there experiencing the same situations and how they made it through. The book is very well written; the chapter topics are insightful; the book is well documented with quotes from professionals. The book is an encouragement; it is a call to prayer; it is a reminder of where true joy comes from.

    One of my favorite statements in the book is this from Chapter 13 Be all here. Look to God in this moment in regard to community relationships or any other aspect of life. Let the rest go. The book challenges us to be a compassion ambassador, learn how to say no, and when to say yes, and to learn to ask for help and then receive it. And one of the most challenging for all of us is to really listen to others, be honest and open and be there for them.

    I received a copy of this book by way of The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for an honest review.
  5. Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent help for any parent!
    July 2, 2015
    SusanP
    Michigan
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Any parent with an intense, excitable, high maintenance or special needs child knows the struggle. For weary parents of special needs kids from a parent whos been there. We all know how hard it is and how much we need the encouragement. This author has been there is still there and gives us loads of hope and help. This book is all about restoring the joy you want and used to have. She tackles the hard subject of forgiveness of yourself, your child, spouse, family and even church and professionals. This makes you dig deep and see what may be keeping you from that joy you can have while being a special needs parent. Many personal experiences are woven in the pages to keep you encouraged and remind you that you are not alone. God has a plan and is with you. This author even tackles the why God? questions and why me. She gives good ideas to practice what she has been teaching. This is one of the most excellent books on the subject I have ever read. Its easy to read, easy to understand and it talks plainly to your heart. Get your joy back with God!!

    I received this book from bookfun.org for an honest review.
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