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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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Get to Know Mary

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Another great biography for kids, Get to Know Mary by Nancy I. Sanders, didn’t disappoint. Although less is known about Mary than about many other Biblical figures, Nancy Sanders does a great job of painting a picture of who Mary was and what life was like for her. This book talks about the life of Mary, the Annunciation, Mary’s family (including Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist) and Mary’s engagement and marriage to Joseph. It recounts the Savior’s birth. It gives an overview of the culture that existed when Mary lived, including the town of Nazareth, their faith, holy days and other things that help you picture the setting that the Christ child was born into. The book also talks about Christ’s life and death, how Mary dealt with raising the Messiah, and Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection.

I really liked this book. Like Ms. Sanders’ other biographies for kids, this one has a timeline of Mary’s life, a glossary, selected bibliography, source notes and student resources. There are plenty of stepping-off points for further study! This book had color maps, archaeological facts and Scripture references as well.

I am anxious to see the next biography that Nancy Sanders has written for children!

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

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