Friday, July 8, 2016
The Life We Never Expected (By: Andrew & Rachel Wilson)
The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson is about the challenges and unexpected joy of raising children with special needs. I do not have children with special needs but I chose to review this book to gain a better understanding of children with special needs and their families. I teach in Children's Worship at my church as well as serve in the nursery. We are also a part of a homeschool co-op. I want to be able to better understand and communicate with others who do have special needs in their lives.
In The Live We Never Expected the Wilsons discuss the highs and lows of raising special needs children. They tell stories that are real and raw. They face challenges every day and they decided to write about how they cope and manage to get through the tough time. They also write about all of the joys and triumphs they have in their lives.
The couple brings you through the ups and downs of their every day lives and how they use God's Word to bring peace in the midst of trials. They give hope to those going through the fire of raising children who have special needs. Having a disability can be devastating. Especially when your child is diagnosed with an illness or disorder. Like I said, I do not have a child with a disability but have friends and family who do. I have seen them go through so much.
This book is not just for special-needs parents. All care givers can benefit from reading this book in order to have a better understanding of how to get through childhood. The book is broken up into five cycles. Those cycles are then broken up into categories: Weeping, Worshiping, Waiting, Witnessing, and Breathe.
Clinging to Jesus through a life you never expected is so important. That is what this book does. Gives you the courage to get through it. It gives you hope for tomorrow. It gives you encouragement when faced with devastating circumstances. By using the Bible as the main source for all of the things mentioned above and with personal experience.
I highly recommend reading this book. It would most benefit those with children who have special needs, foster parents, adoptive parents, parents of challenging children, and parents who have sweet angels who are perfect (if there are any of you out there). I joke about that last one. But, I do recommend any care giver to read this to really understand what it is like to have a child who is different, special, or needs extra care.
*I was given this book by FlyBy Promotions in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*