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Number of Pages: 144
Publication Date: 2016
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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.
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 Christ, Adopted 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.
melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational Read!!!July 9, 2016melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Andrew 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.
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Just Commonly4 Stars Out Of 5humility & grace in life unexpectedJuly 4, 2016Just CommonlyQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0"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.