A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting
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A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting

Kregel Publications / 2017 / Paperback

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Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of Karla Atkins journey of rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

Thanks to Karla's determination, faith, and unconditional love--and contrary to doctors' predictions--her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children's ministry workers. For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she's already been.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Karla Akins is the mother of five, including twin sons with autism. She has a bachelor's in special education from Western Governors University and a doctorate in Christian education from Kingsway Theological Seminary. She has nearly four decades of teaching experience in homeschooling, private school and public education. 

Akins has also served in ministry for more than 30 years and is co-minister at Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, Indiana, with her husband, Eddie. She is also a popular speaker at conferences and retreats. In addition to A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting, Akins is the author of four other books. 

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Title: A Pair of Miracles: A Story of Autism, Faith, and Determined Parenting
By: Karla Akins
Format: Paperback
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Weight: 9 ounces
ISBN: 0825444845
ISBN-13: 9780825444845
Stock No: WW5444845

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"A parent's gripping journey of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of her two boys dealing with significant challenges brought on by autism."
--Stephen Mark Shore, EdD


When Karla Akins hoped that her autistic sons could learn to read and function independently, doctors warned her that those expectations would never be met. She set out to prove that, despite those warnings, all things are possible through God.

Laced with humor and compassion, A Pair of Miracles is the heartwarming story of her journey rearing adopted twin sons, each diagnosed with autism and fetal alcohol disorder. This is more than a moving biography from a mom on the front lines, however. It is a powerful tool, full of practical help for parents, educators, and church members working with children who have intellectual disabilities, speech impairments, and other limitations on the autism spectrum. It is also a challenge to the church to welcome and celebrate all the members of their congregation, no matter their abilities.

Thanks to Karla's determination, faith, and unconditional love--and contrary to the doctors' predictions--her adult twins are now able to function independently in many ways. They help their dad install pools, do carpentry work, and serve in the church as ushers, sound engineers, and children's ministry workers.

For parents seeking hope, answers, and peace, Karla leads the way to all three down a path she's already been.

Author Bio

Karla Akins is co-minister at Christian Fellowship Church in North Manchester, Indiana, with her husband, Eddie. She has over thirty years in ministry, and nearly four decades of teaching experience in homeschooling, private school, and public education. Her previous work includes The Pastor’s Wife Wears Biker Boots. Visit her at KarlaAkins.com.

Editorial Reviews

“A parent’s gripping journey of awareness, acceptance, and appreciation of her two boys dealing with significant challenges brought on by autism. With the power of faith in the Almighty, Karla addresses head-on questions pertaining to family life, medication, early intervention, and education, equipping her children to maximize their potential. Karla gives all of us greater understanding of what it means to be human.” -- Steven Mark Shore, professor; author of Understanding Autism for Dummies; on the autism spectrum

“Thorough and insightful. For the parent of a child on the autism spectrum, A Pair of Miracles is a comforting travel companion on the road Karla Akins has walked herself. With grace and candor, she brings both practical advice and biblical truth to readers prayerfully finding their way.” -- Jocelyn Green, author Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

“I wish I had had a reference like this on hand when my son with Asperger’s syndrome was of elementary school age. Karla Akins writes from the heart as a mom learning to cope with the many aspects of autism affecting her sons, and she skillfully covers the medical and technical issues of the spectrum as well. Chock-full of suggestions and aids, including detailed charts which facilitate working with your child’s educational team, A Pair of Miracles is not solely an excellent reference book but also a guide to loving and parenting children with autism.” -- Dee Yoder, author of The Miting: An Old Order Amish Novel

“This book is a must-read not just for parents, schools, and churches but for everyone. My granddaughter is autistic, and had this book been published when she was diagnosed, it would have alleviated a great deal of anxiety, frustration, and despair. The inclusion of Scripture and Karla’s personal insights leave the reader with a better understanding both of autism and the spirit of hope.” -- Patti J. Smith, author of Moments with God

“Karla Akins has the rare gift of teaching without preaching, encouraging without admonishing, and entertaining while uplifting. Her insights are honest, genuine, and gained from experience. Enjoy this encounter.” -- Dennis E. Hensley, author of The Power of Positive Productivity

“If you are the parent of a child or children with autism, like I am, and you need encouragement or just need to know you are not alone on this journey, please read this book—it was written for you.” -- Mary Beth Dolmanet, mother of a teen with autism

A Pair of Miracles is an important book from Karla Akins about each stage of life with her two sons on the autism spectrum. By sharing her experiences, the good and the hard, Karla is a gentle guide through this unique life calling. I’m thankful to have mentor moms who have walked this road before me and share their wisdom!” -- Sandra Peoples, community manager, Key Ministry; coauthor of Held:Learning to Live in God's Grip

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