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Bible Promises for parents of children with SPECIAL NEEDS

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There are lots of “Bible Promises for…” books out there. This one is the same — and different. Like many (most) this has a table of contents with different issues that might by faced by a parent of a child (or children) with special needs, such as:

  • Advice (when you don’t know how to evaluate all the advice you’re getting from others)
  • Decisions (when it feels as if you have no options) (when you need God’s direction moment by moment) (when you’re making a major decision)
  • Fun (when there’s no time for fun) (when you have something to celebrate) (when it’s hard to relax) (when you long to have fun as a family)
  • Joy (when you’re searching for joy) (when you wish someone would take joy in you) (when you fear you’ll never smile again) (when your cup overflows)

Amy Mason cites verses you can look to for encouragement, sympathy, love…all things our Heavenly Father wants to express to us based on our need. Then at the end of each section, Ms. Mason writes a little summary about that topic. For example, the one for the entry on joy says:

God created you to have feelings, so don’t be surprised when you experience emotional highs and lows. However lasting joy and contentment run much deeper than momentary emotions. Lasting joy is like a strong current that runs deep beneath the stormy surface of your feelings….It is the peace of knowing that God accepts you and wants you to be with him forever…

The author is a mother of two boys, one with special needs, so she knows the rollercoaster of emotions that pass through the life of all parents, let alone the ones with children who have special needs. She writes from a place of understanding.

As a mother of three (now adult) children with special needs, I’ve dealt with most of the doubts, fears, hopes, disappointments, and yes, even joys that come with parenting these special children. I love that this book is small enough to carry with me, or place on my nightstand, where I can look to the word of God when I am faced with an emotion I don’t quite know what to do with.

*I received a complementary copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my unbiased review.*

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Beyond Suffering Bible

Suffering. Most of us shy away from the word, let alone the reality. Our modern world is obsessed with avoiding suffering. The evidence is everywhere…from the commercials for prescription medications, to pain relief gadgets and gizmos, to the prescription drug addiction epidemic…the message is ubiquitous and unanimous: we deserve a life free from suffering! Enter real life. Suffering, whether physical or emotional, is part of this human experience. We all will suffer at some point in this life.

I know a bit about suffering. I’ve struggled with the emotional pain of depression most of my life. I know the pain of divorce. I’m the mother of children with disabilities. At the height of my (beloved) career, I was diagnosed with a progressive neuromuscular disease. Now I’m confined to a wheelchair.

I was given the chance to get a complementary copy of the Beyond Suffering Bible from Tyndale in exchange for a review and, I can honestly say, I wasn’t optimistic about this Bible being able to speak to my situation. Even though I know the Bible addresses suffering, I had no idea HOW MUCH it had to say. I really LOVE this Bible. It is filled with insights into Biblical topics that relate to disabilities and suffering.

From the user’s guide in the Beyond Suffering Bible:

“The Beyond Suffering Bible is for people who want to understand what it looks like to think and live like a Christian in the midst of suffering.

This Bible is for caregivers, family members, ministers, and others who work with and serve alongside suffering and disabled people. These people will find insight, encouragement, and practical help for understanding what the Bible is saying to them about how to love, serve, and uplift the people God has placed in their lives.

This Bibles is for the person with a disability or any suffering person. These people will find opportunities to engage with God, meeting him in the midst of their suffering, learning how to go about living beyond their suffering, and being transformed into a person who can be a bright light for Jesus just as they are.

Really, this Bible is even for ordinary Christians who care about the suffering of others and have questions related tot he theology of suffering but don’t know where to turn for answers

Everyone can benefit from understanding what the Bible has to say about disability, understanding the theology of suffering, and getting a biblical perspective on issues of bioethics and the church’s role in alleviating suffering.”

Joni Erickson Tada knows a thing or two about suffering. Click here to see a video Joni made about this Bible or go to beyondsufferingbible.com for more info!

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