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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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Prince Noah and the School Pirates

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Prince Noah has learning differences (he’s based on the author’s son who has Down Syndrome). This story takes Prince Noah and his friends to school. They go to school on boats, and the boats are highly segregated. When the boats are all blown off-course by a storm, they’re captured by pirates and the children are all imprisoned — together. There, they use their various skills and abilities to work together to free themselves and thereafter they’re schooled all together.

As the mother of three kids with special needs, I love the premise of this book (that children shouldn’t be pigeonholed because of their differences), but the implementation in this case just feels ‘off’. Maybe it is the translation from the author’s native German, but the story just feels strange. The wording is awkward and choppy.

I’m really disappointed since I loved the original Prince Noah book. This one just didn’t do it for me.

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

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