The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities
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Raising a child with a disability is hard work. Where do you go for solace? For rest, refreshment and renewed joy? We know where to go for our kids, but where do we go for ourselves? Author Kathleen Deyer Bolduc knows these feelings from experience. She and her son navigated through his childhood and now approach yet another new life phase - adulthood - and all that entails.

In The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities, Bolduc uses the metaphor of the mosaic to life as parents of children with disabilities. How do you rearrange the fragmented and chaotic pieces of your family into a perfectly whole and beautiful work of art? Readers are walked through the process using the spiritual disciplines to help you recognize God's presence in your life and regain the balance we all need.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Judson Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0817017445
ISBN-13: 9780817017446

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    From the time we are young, most of us think of having a family and children of our own someday. Playing house is a common childhood activity full of laughter and silliness but also a tangible picture of our dreams. As we grow up, few of us can picture what it would be like to raise a child with disabilities. Most of us imagine it a different way. On the outside, the world sees the physical, mental and emotional brokenness which is often the expression of these challenges. But, that picture is incomplete, lacking deep nuances. In her book, The Spiritual Art of Raising Children With Disabilities, Kathleen Deyer Bolduc paints a deeper, richer, more engaging picture of life that engages the soul far beyond any labels.

    Years ago, I swore off parenting books. Anything that claims to promote the right way of raising children inevitably misses the kids that refuse to fit the status quo. Typical advice doesnt work for those challenging little ones. So, I will admit that I picked up this book with a bit of a bias. I expected a parenting book with a disabilities slant but had little hope of finding any real inspiration. However, as I started reading, I quickly realized this was a different kind of book. Rather than trying to give tons of advice or put a Band-Aid on brokenness, Bolduc invites the reader on a journey of acceptance and grace. Using her own experience raising a son with autism, she writes from a place of understanding, really knowing the fears and frustrations of this life. When someone experiences a death in their family, we acknowledge their loss and expect that they will go through a grieving process. When someone has a child with disabilities, many people need to grieve the loss of dreams and expectations. Other people get lost in their situation and forget to take care of themselves or their marriage. Using poetry, scripture and guided questions, Kathleen leads the reader in a process of accepting the unknown and living in the moment. She invites you to see beauty in unexpected places and to be joyful instead of bitter.

    While this book is intended to inspire a specific audience, anyone living through difficult circumstances may find this book helpful. Sometimes not having an easy answer is the right response. In taking the time to work through the broken pieces of our lives, and inviting others to journey with us, we can build a beautiful mosaic. It will not look like we originally hoped, but it can be a unique expression that gives us hope and encourages those around us.
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