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Christmas is by far, one of my favorite times of the year.  I love the crisp air on my face and the scent of Christmas trees.  I love steamed up windows while I bake holiday treats. I adore all the traditions of the holiday!  Most of all, I love that I am secure, loved, safe and happy. My future, my world is full of hope and promise. I want to do my part to extend these feelings to other families, especially children by partnering with World Vison’s Shine Bright the World needs you program to help spread hope this holiday season. I snapped this photo last winter and I remember feeling so blessed and thankful for my life. I want to spread that kind of love and cheer from my little corner of the web today!

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My kids aren’t special needs kids, so it may surprise some readers that I would want to read this very personal journey of two kids diagnosed with regressive autism written by their mom and dad. I don’t have anything in common with these parents, save the fact that I am a parent of two children.  I’ve never walked a mile in their shoes- and that is exactly why I felt moved to accept the offer to review this powerful book as part of the FlyBy bloggers group. Simply put, I wanted to learn about this very important topic and have always found books to be excellent teachers. 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

One day there will be no autism, book review, giveaway

We tend to stay in our own little comfort zones as parents and as people. Sure, we try to say and think all the politically correct things to parents with kids who are differently-abled, but do we ever truly know what one hour of one day feels like to the parents or the kids living with special needs? 

From The day of deep breaths that Rachel so eloquently shared in the first chapter to the way Andrew unpacked Psalm 130 in the chapter entitled What to do with suffering, all the way through the book to Marriage on Fire; I was drawn in to this book as a willing student.

I wanted to learn about their journey so that I would be prepared to be a better person when presented with people in my life walking this path. In a few short years, I may be blessed with grandchildren- and what if one of them is autistic? I now have a helpful guide book of sorts, thanks to the Wilsons.

The life we never expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson book review

About The life we never expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson:

“What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.”

God's Purpose

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and the Wilsons share what it means to live a life they never expected. They share their sorrows, pain and triumphs in unique and Godly ways. Reading this book taught me a few things about myself as a parent and as a Christian. I think it may reach you in a spiritual and healing way, whether your child has special needs or not. 

I love my kids most

I invite you to learn more about this book the authors and their sweet kids Zeke and Anna by checking out the book on Amazon.

My final thoughts:

Whether you are parenting a child with special needs, or know somebody who is- I think this book is very well written, powerfully honest and open and helpful, not only in guiding us through the day to day aspects of life, but how to live more honestly and openly in your walk with Christ as well.  

Win it:
Thanks to today’s sponsor, #FlybyPromotions, one lucky reader will receive a paperback copy of The Life we never expected. #lifeweneverexpected

The life we never expected book review and giveaway


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