Special Needs Parenting: From Coping to Thriving offers emotional and spiritual resources for the journey of special needs parenting. Sharing personal insights as a theologian and the parent of an adult son with special needs, Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley offers seven encouraging and practical tools to help the reader gain a deeper, grace-filled understanding of God's presence, process deeply held feelings of grief and guilt, discover strategies for patience, self-care, and healthy relationships, and find hope and healing. Powerful for the individual reader, the built-in reflection and discussion questions make Special Needs Parenting an ideal, real-life resource for small groups. Special Needs Parenting is a must read for family members, pastors, and any person who works with special needs families. Dr. Bradley explores their challenges, grief, and joy with deep sensitivity, theological depth, and practical advice. A blessing to all who read it and allow their lives to be touched by wisdom born of personal experience and biblical scholarship.
Rev. Dr. Lorna Bradley, an ordained deacon in the United Methodist Church, received MTS and DMin degrees from Perkins School of Theology. Her DMin project examines how churches can provide a holistic welcome to families raising children with special needs by meeting the emotional and spiritual needs within the entire family. As a Fellow at the Hope and Healing Institute in Houston, Texas, she develops resources for special needs parent support. She has also led parent support groups for more than five years and worked in welcoming ministries for ten years. She and her husband of thirty years have an adult son with Asperger's. Lorna enjoys spending time with her family, entertaining, traveling, scuba diving, and running.