Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for parents of critically or chronically ill children  -     By: Jolene Philo
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Different Dream for My Child: Meditations for parents of critically or chronically ill children

Discovery House / 2009 / Paperback

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* Are you struggling with the needs of a seriously ill child? Philo understands because she's been there. Revealing the lessons she learned as she cared for her son who battled a life-threatening birth defect, her hope-filled devotions will uphold and support you as you seek to do the best for your precious one. Includes reflection questions. 204 pages, softcover from Discovery.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 204
Vendor: Discovery House
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 1572933070
ISBN-13: 9781572933071
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Publisher's Description

For years, Jolene Philo’s son was hospitalized many times as he battled a life-threatening birth defect. Far from home, without friends and family to support them, Jolene and her husband felt utterly and completely alone. Today, support networks for parents of critically or chronically ill children have improved, but most only provide for urgent physical needs. The devotional meditations in this book address the spiritual needs of these parents as the author shares her own life lessons, as well as those of other parents who have walked this road. No matter how difficult the road, Philo says, you do not have to lose hope.

Author Bio

A teacher for twenty-five years, Jolene Philo now writes and speaks about caregiving. She is the author of A Different Dream for My Child and Different Dream Parenting, and she hosts a thriving online community for parents of children with special needs at differentdream.com. She and her husband have two children and live in Boone, Iowa.

Editorial Reviews

The examples of comfort and shared experience will benefit all who read this book. Chronic sorrow follows chronic disease, and the reflections offered are excellent in addressing this. Every problem discussed is "right on" and pulls out personal recollections of many of my patients. I would recommend it to familes and caretakers alike.

Powerful, insightful, and candidly honest, Jolene Philo's book "A Different Dream for My Child" is a treasured companion for those who've journeyed the heart-bending path of caring for a chronically or critically ill child. Written with insight, passion, and wisdom, Jolene's words deliver both comfort and biblical counsel on the diverse and complex emotional, spiritual, relational, and practical aspects of caring for sick children. This book is a celebration of hope in the God of comfort who walks beside us in the midst of our pain.

If you have experienced or are living in deep sorrow brought on by your child's condition, I recommend that you open this book and allow the balm of understanding to meet you where you are at... to help ease your ongoing ache, your loneliness, and your feelings of isolation.

What a tremendously helpful and inspiring book! Having two chronically ill children myself, I was amazed at how well acquainted Philo was with the private pain, grief, guilt, and loneliness I have experienced trying to cope with it all. With each devotion, my spirit was lifted into a hope I have rarely felt in the midst of the battle. I highly recommend this book to any parent whose dreams for their children have been sidetracked by illness.

No words can change the diagnosis, but there are those who can help parents change their attitude. Jone Philo understands those cries because of the experience with her son, Allen. I highly recommend this book from a mother who opens her heart on every page.

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 16, 2009
    Jocelyn Green, author of Faith Deployed
    Cedar Falls, IA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    I wish I had this book eleven months and two days ago. That was the day my five-day old son was diagnosed with a lifelong medical condition. But even now that the intial scare is over, I can still find comfort and wisdom in this book as we consistently find ourselves in hospitals with our baby for multiple tests and adjustments. If you wouldnt buy this book for yourself, you likely know someone who could use it! Just to give you a glimpse of what youll find in these pages, here is how Jolene has divided her meditations:Section One: A Different Dream BeginsDiagnosisSection Two: Stuck in a Bad DreamHospital LifeSection Three: Conflicting DreamsJuggling Two WorldsSection Four: The Unending DreamLong-term Health ConditionsSection Five: The Death of DreamsLosing a ChildSection Six: A Different Dream B3eginsRaising a SurvivorEach meditation is just a few pages long. They begin with a Bible verse or two and then use personal stories from both Jolene and her husbands experiences as well as others Jolene has interviewed. But this isnt just a collection of heart-warming or heart-wrenching stories (although you will probably cry like I did!). Each meditation offers comfort and counsel based on Scriptures and experiences, provides a suggested prayer for the many of us who just dont have the words, and gives a few questions to help readers reflect and apply what weve just read.I highly recommend this book and plan to keep a supply on hand for those I know who receive dreaded diagnoses about their children.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 8, 2009
    Brenda Nixon
    As a conference speaker to parents, I now have another rich resource to recommend when those who are going through this particular trauma come to me for help. Philo's new book, A Different Dream for My Child, is sensitive, affirming, honest, revealing, educational and an uplifting read. Even though I don't have a child with a chronic illness, I can still apply some of these thoughts and prayers to parenting my two daughters. A Different Dream for My Child would be a powerful tool for the clergy to use when counseling congregation members with a critically ill child. I'd recommend it.
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