The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs
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Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis--all the while teaching what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. Offering encouragement rooted in God's Word, this book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 1433550997
ISBN-13: 9781433550997

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Publisher's Description

Filled with personal stories and biblical encouragement, this touching memoir by two parents recounts the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, ultimately directing readers to the God who promises us peace and joy, even in the midst of trials.

Author Bio

Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the authors of The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs and have two children, Zeke and Anna. Andrew is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today.

Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of ChristAdopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at RussellMoore.com and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.

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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational Read!!!
    July 9, 2016
    melz
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    Gender: female
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    Andrew and Rachel Wilson are parents of two autistic children, Anna and Zeke. In this inspiring book, Andrew and Rachel speak about the life they have with their children and the lessons having two autistic children have taught them and the struggles they have had to weather through. Andrew and Rachel write honestly about their feelings throughout their journey with their children. The encouraging and hopeful message that Andrew and Rachel deliver in this book is not only a message for parents of special needs children but also is a widespread message for individuals. There were two lessons that truly resonated with me: the first is to fight for our joy and the second is a reminder that God redeems all things. Thank you to Andrew and Rachel for a truly inspirational and encouraging read.

    I would recommend this book to parents and individuals. This book will communicate hope and encouragement for the journey ahead.

    Happy Reading!

    Disclosure (in accordance with the FTCs 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.

  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
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    July 4, 2016
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    "Faith in future grace means trusting the Giver rather than the gifts." (131)

    I do not have kids with special needs. That makes me not qualified to even fathom the struggles beyond what is written in The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson or at times understand the grace that's in it. What I can share is the level of heartfelt and sincere reflections that were written in this book. The disbelief, the mixture of anger and hurt and the hope all boils down to the total reliance on God. It's not only about parenting, though in truth it is, but it weaves in grace and love and what it means when there's loss and sadness. It brings to mind our imperfections and how our perfect God still loves us. He is the ultimate Giver. A lesson in humility, in gifting and in love. This is not only for parents. It's for all of us.

    "Acts of kindness that comes with no strings attached - no expectation of reciprocity, no desire to be kept in the loop at all times, no roster that needs to be managed - are the best of all." (127)

    This review first appeared on Just Commonly Blog.

    NOTE: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through FlyBy Promotions for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.
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