Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis -- all the while teaching what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. Offering encouragement rooted in God's Word, this book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected. (excerpt from the back cover of the books)
Andrew and Rachel have 2 children. Both with autism. When I read the sample on Amazon, I knew I HAD to read this book and jumped at the chance to review this book from #FlyBy! Andrew and Rachel Wilson drew me in from the very first chapter. I marveled at these parents who were living a life of joy against unsurmountable odds. How did they stay so focused on the positive? While I don't have children with special needs there are days where I still cannot stay encouraged...how did they do this?
Their book, The Life We Never Expected takes you through 5 cycles of weeping, worshipping, waiting, witnessing and breathing. Each cycle shares a personal story (many of which are, in hindsight, very funny, others are very humbling), how they found joy in Christ, how they shared their joy and stories with others, and how they, on some days, just barely got through it. Their faith is so strong throughout the book and they lean heavily on the Lord and rely just as much on their family and friends.
I would really recommend this book to anyone. If you have a child with special needs, this book can hopefully help you to find joy in your circumstances and realize you are not alone. I read this to get a better understanding of what families who have children with special needs go through on a daily basis. It was eye opening...and exhausting. Everything from a lack of sleep and eye-contact to dealing with the state on education plans, medical issues, and more.
If you are interested in reading the sample, find the excerpt of the first chapter of The Life We Never Expected on Amazon! #lifeweneverexpected
You can also enter to win a copy right here on Swinging On Small Hinges! Use the Giveaway Tools below to enter, contest closes on Monday, July 11th at 11:59pm. Good luck!
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