Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Book Review: The Life We Never Expected - Parenting Children with Special Needs

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In The Life We Never Expected, Andrew and Rachel Wilson write the book they wish they could have read at the beginning of their journey of raising two children with special needs.  Their son and daughter both have severe autism, and this book is both hope to the special needs parent as well as the story of how they have learned to cope, find joy, and keep their faith through this unexpected part of their life.

I don't have children, but am related to both an adult and child with autism so this was an interesting book for me to read.  I really enjoyed the layout of the book.  There were five sections, which they called "cycles".  Within each cycle, there were five sections relating to thing that special needs parents can relate to -- weeping, waiting, worshiping, witnessing, "and breathe".

Although the Wilsons live in the United Kingdom, the truths within this volume are universal.  Their tears, struggles, fears, and questions are relatable to many.  Even if you don't have special needs children, this book can give you hope and encouragement in your faith because life throws everyone the unexpected sometimes.

You can enter the giveaway below, and continue to scroll down so you can read a sample of this book.  Giveaway open to those 18 and older who live in the USA or Canada.

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  1. I had twins with special needs. A curveball yes, a blessing yes!

  2. losing my job after 14 years with the company

  3. Getting pregnant again when our baby girl was only 8 months old

  4. When my dad died very unexpectedly.

  5. I was excited when I saw this giveaway.
    On September 19th, 2011 I gave birth to my 3rd son Finn. It was obvious that something was wrong from birth, but no one had any answers. The last (almost) 5 years have been crazy. My son is hilarious, loving and been one of the best things that's happened to me (along with my other two sons). We still don't have any official diagnoses other than 'moderate developmental delay', but we are testing for Mosaic Down Syndrome. He only says about 10 words and we're still working on potty training and other pretty basic life skills. I would absolutely love to read this book because while I think I handle it well most of the time, some days are really difficult. Thank you for the opportunity.

  6. After raising a 13 and 10 year old. I found myself pregnant with another little bundle of joy. He was the best surprise. He's now 3 and I wouldn't change a thing!

  7. My grandson has autism and I am so afraid what his life will be like when he gets older.

  8. It seems more and more we either know someone with autistic children or are related to one. Being informed and educated certainly helps to better understand the issues and help in the best way possible. Thanks for sharing. - Amy