While my son's special needs diagnoses are small in comparison to diagnoses other children have received, we still face similar trials and discouragement along the way. I was truly refreshed after reading the below-mentioned book.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Kregel Publications. Affiliate links included.
The author touched on situations that we have faced (and maybe some that we have yet to face) as parents of special needs children. I found some relief and insight as a special needs parent in church, in a marriage and as a Christian.
The Need for a Supportive Church
While a few members of our church have really been an encouragement by taking the time to understand my little guy's diagnoses, others have been ugly and even physical with him. We almost left the church, but those few positive relationships made the difference. I agree with the author about the need to forgive, as well as finding a church home that is fitting for your child.
The Need for a Strong Marriage
Our marriage has had some difficulties since the birth of our son. While he wasn't born with a diagnosis, the average new baby brings stress on any marriage with sleepless nights and all that. We thought it would pass. Then the little guys' speech delays and sensory troubles began. Disagreeing on our son's care, as well as the continued sleepless nights only added to the marriage difficulties. The author sharing that she didn't like her husband was the transparency I needed to see. Knowing that someone else has these terrible thoughts was a relief.
The Need for a Savior
The author shares a lot about our need for our Savior as special needs parents. I couldn't agree more. I've tried parenting on my own and it just doesn't work.
This book is definitely a keeper that I'll be referring to when I need some spiritual nourishment as a special needs momma.