Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

November 8
by Jocelyn Green, Kimberly M. Drew
Published by Kregel Publications Genres: parenting, special needs

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.


Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs Book Cover Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
Kimberly M. Drew, Jocelyn Green,
Religion, Parenting
Kregel Publications
September 27

About the Book:

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 of these children have higher rates of depression, anxiety, and divorce. They 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. Written by two moms who understand this complicated balancing act, Refresh is designed to provide just what these parents need. The 90-day 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 reach the water of life once more.

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