Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Childen with Special Needs
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More than one-fifth of US households with children have at least one child with special needs. Raising a child with special needs is spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging. Parents need encouragement to restore hope and a passion for God in their lives -but the realities of having to be parent, nurse, therapist, and caregiver make it difficult to find the time or initiative to seek encouragement.
Packed with encouragement from parents who understand this complicated balancing act, Refresh is designed to provide just what these parents need. The devotional guides parents to spiritual truths that can be applied to the demands they face every day. It offers perspective and hope through the varying stages and phases families experience, from diagnosis to loss and grief.
Each day's devotional includes a reading from Scripture, as well as stories and testimonies from parents who intimately know the struggle readers face. Their children represent a wide range of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chronic illness, and more. Drew and Green show how the truths of God's Word are relevant, regardless of the diagnosis. Their devotional illuminates the unique lessons and perspectives to be gained as a result of raising a child with special needs.
Insightful and powerful, Refresh will help weary parents grow spiritual roots and turn toward the Light that never fades.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hope, Perspective from God's Word, Wonderful DevotionalNovember 9, 2016Sarah PDubuque, IAAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I was blessed to review this book. It's a devotional for parents of Children with Special Needs. My first comment is that most parents have children with special needs (gifted, learning disabled, adhd, behavior concerns, dyslexia) but this is geared to parents who have children with demanding, time consuming special needs that require a lot of parent support daily (1/5 of all parents). The authors were thinking cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chronic illness, etc. I would definitely add this is a book for parents of children from hard places (trauma, RAD, adoption, foster, mental health issues, ....). We are parenting such a child, and this book is a gift to me. One of the reviewers, Janet Thompson, printed in the book calls the book "a life-line of hope." And it is.
Here's what I appreciated most about the book:
Rich Scriptural connections, this is founded in the Word of God, truth statements for all believers.
Table of Contents with 8 Section Themes, each devotional titled
Stories from parents of children with many different special needs, including bloggers I was familiar with, and adopted parents.
Brings perspective that is relate-able to all parents, no matter the special need.
The intro explains how this book is to 'pour hope and courage back into you.'
Two authors, so different tones in the narration. (Jocelyn and Kimberly)
Each devotional contains:
title, author, and a KEY verse.
a personal narrative that shares a story of struggle, dedication, consuming parenting, ....
an italics potential application/prayer
Digging Deeper, 3 questions that are higher level thinking, and help you connect your experience with the promises from God's Word.
Digging Deeper really approaches the layers of feelings, thoughts, beliefs, and perhaps our actions/responses in the struggle or joys of parenting. It really helps the reader process and internalize how he/she might feel and empathize with the experience of another.
Stories are integrated with thinking and what the Word of God says to help empower parents, give insight to daily living, and help us know that we are not alone in the struggle, and to help us take care of ourselves, or have a moment of respite in life.
Theologically accurate, it acknowledges the struggle inside of us, our fear, seeking truth/faith, role of sin and the need for nourishment, growth, pruning, bearing fruit, and branching out. Good analogies for the Christian life.
Short, sweet, to the point. Even parents who don't like reading, could easily read these short thoughts and find promises to build their day on.
It's affordable on the kindle: $1.99. It's worth a whole lot more!
This book I've kept in the van, and picked up while I wait for kids at school, at the doctors, etc. It's a great perspective change, and really does Refresh me. I'd recommend that local churches who aren't sure how to help parents with special needs kids, gift this book to those parents, and ask their leaders to read this book, and learn how life might look in homes where children's needs restructure everything. It might help those who want to help, but don't know where to start, to have an understanding of daily life, and give ways to pray, support, and sympathize with parents who life this way for decades. It certainly will encourage parents who are struggling.
Honored to a be a part of the Kregel Book Blog Tour, all thoughts are my own!
Mocha with LindaTexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Offers hope & encouragement to parents; great resource for friends & churches as well.November 8, 2016Mocha with LindaTexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is aptly titled, for it will indeed Refresh parents of children with special needs. I love the devotional format and the anecdotes and testimonies from Kimberly Drew and other parents who share their experiences, struggles, and challenges. Drew and Green present Biblical truth and encouragement, giving hope and strength to weary parents. Each devotional ends with a prayer and a few practical questions that give the reader ways to apply that day's discussion. Refresh is an instantaneous, 24/7 support group that can sit on a bedside table--or anywhere it is needed! Most importantly, parents will be introduced to Jesus, or reminded of his presence on their journey. I recommend this book not only for those who parent these special children but for their friends, as the insights will equip others to come alongside in support. I also suggest Refresh as an excellent resource for children's ministers and churches. Give one or several as gifts this season!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Kregel Publications for a blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Amelia Rhodes5 Stars Out Of 5Authentic stories shared with the promise and hope of ScriptureNovember 7, 2016Amelia RhodesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I don't have a child with special needs, but I have a number of friends who do. I picked up Refresh because I wanted to know how to pray for them, and to understand their journeys better. Each devotional includes a piece of a family's journey through special needs with encouragement from Scripture. I sat down to read one devotional and ended up reading 10. I was captivated by the authentic sharing of stories and challenged by the teaching of Scripture.
Green and Drew, through their own stories and interviews with dozens of special needs parents, have created a thorough look into the spiritual life of families with special needs. Starting with diagnosis and through the lifelong journey of health concerns and accompanying loneliness, heartache, frustration, and faith challenges, Refresh offers a deep nourishment for weary families and caretakers that can only come from the work of God's Spirit through Scripture. Each devotional includes a story, a connection to Scripture, a prayer, and questions to dig deeper. If you or someone you love cares for a special needs child of any age, pick up a copy of Refresh.