The Life You Never Expected: Thriving While Parenting Special Needs Children

The Life You Never Expected Thriving While Parenting Special Needs Children Sometimes you end up living the life you never expected When Andrew and Rachel found out that one and then both of their children had severe autism their world was turned on its head This is a book

  • Title: The Life You Never Expected: Thriving While Parenting Special Needs Children
  • Author: Andrew P. Wilson Rachel Wilson
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Sometimes you end up living the life you never expected When Andrew and Rachel found out that one, and then both, of their children had severe autism, their world was turned on its head.This is a book about surviving, and thriving, when something goes horribly wrong It is a mixture of their story and God s story, and the way in which his has shaped theirs.With clarity anSometimes you end up living the life you never expected When Andrew and Rachel found out that one, and then both, of their children had severe autism, their world was turned on its head.This is a book about surviving, and thriving, when something goes horribly wrong It is a mixture of their story and God s story, and the way in which his has shaped theirs.With clarity and biblical insight, they share their experience of grief and worship, struggle and hope As well as reflecting on the specific challenges of raising children with special needs, they speak to broader questions as well the problem of suffering, building a marriage under pressure, fighting for joy and trusting in the goodness of God.This is not just a book for families and friends of special needs children, but for all who have been thrown a curve ball in life, and need to know how to lament, worship, pray and hope.

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    1. One of my best friends is a Christian and he gave me a copy of this book as I have a child with special needs.This book has been written by two members of a network of evangelical, charismatic churches known as 'Newfrontiers' I am not a fan of these churches, particularly their complementarian approach however since my friend gave me the book as a gift I felt obliged to give it a go.The authors (a married couple) have two young children with Autism. The book is marketed as a guide for Christian [...]

    2. I am the mom of a son who caught a nasty virus when he was 7 weeks old and which left 6 holes in his brain. But I am also the mom of 7 kids with developmentally "healthy" brains, so dealing with all of the grief, issues, altered parenting paradigms, paperwork, and the uncertain future of a child with special needs has been like the wave that takes you under after an afternoon of calm seas. Reading The Life We Never Expected did several important things for me:- Reading and pondering each section [...]

    3. This year, in the midst of all my heroes publishing new books, I would've swore that my favorite books this year would be from one of these popular men and women, but once again I've been blindsided by a truly remarkable book. "The Life We Never Expected" might be the book I recommend for new parents, struggling parents, or just parents in general from now on. While our experiences and kids are amazingly different (none of mine are special needs), I found a couple who understood me and that seem [...]

    4. As our family has been living this adoption adventure and as we have been preparing and learning what it means to have a child with special needs, I was thankful when Crossway published The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs by Andrew and Rachel Wilson.This book takes you into the lives (it feels like you are experiencing life as they do in real time) of parents learning to process and live with the unexpected special needs of t [...]

    5. The heart will always look to rejoice in something beyond itself, so rather than trying to squash desire, we should instead look to satisfy it. It is what you call fighting for your joy in all circumstances.Rachel & Andrew Wilson have been given the ministry of parenthood to two autistic children. It is in this ministry they have learned the contrast of grief and joy, victory and defeat, and that the dreams may not come true instead turn into something greater. They have faced the pain head [...]

    6. You don't have to have a child with special needs to benefit from The Life We Never Expected. Though the focal point of the book is the authors' experiences parenting two young children with Autism, anyone who has ever wondered (or pleaded), "Why, Lord?" in the wake of hardship will find refreshment and comfort in its pages.I hope prospective readers of this book won't be put off by the critical review written by a fellow user named "Chris," which has, unfortunately, garnered the top position a [...]

    7. Have you ever wondered just what it would be like to raise an autistic child? How about two? How would you measure your faith if it were tested daily? I have been reading a book about two parents that gave birth to two wonderful children who ended up being autistic. The parents, Andrew and Rachel share insightful details of how they have learned in the day to day to keep their eyes focused on the Lord and continue to praise Him in the rain. So many things I took for granted until I saw just how [...]

    8. The heart will always look to rejoice in something beyond itself, so rather than trying to squash desire, we should instead look to satisfy it. It is what you call fighting for your joy in all circumstances.The Life We Never Expected was a beautifully painful book for me to read. You can tell that the authors Rachel & Andrew Wilson are blessed with a wonderful gift of being able to be parents. They are great at the ministry of parenthood. They are parents of two autistic children. I don't ha [...]

    9. While this small but powerful book is framed around the experiences of the Wilsons, Andrew and Rachel, as they parent two profoundly autistic children, it is more than just a book about raising children with special needs. It is a book for everyone, discussing the joys, hopes, challenges, grief of life, lament, and faithfulness of God in our lives through every circumstance. It is beautifully written and draws the reader into a closer relationship with the Lord. I will reread this little book. T [...]

    10. A friend recommended this book and since my son was recently diagnosed with autism, I was eager to read it. I thought the book was honest, easy to read, very authentic in sharing what it can be like to parent a child with autism, and was helpful in affirming many of the emotions and challenges that accompany loving someone with autism. However, I don't think I was quite the right reader for this book. I found myself skimming much of the text because the authors are devout Christians and the book [...]

    11. The subtitle is a very good description of what this book is about. When the authors were grappling with how to "survive and thrive" in the midst of parenting two children with regressive autism, one of whom also had seizures, they looked for a book to encourage them, especially in the spiritual part of their lives. Not finding it, they wrote it themselves. Their story and honesty was enlightening and helpful to me. Though I do not have children or grandchildren with special needs, I have close [...]

    12. When life throws you two kids with severe autism, you weep, and then you worship, and then you wait in the daily grunt to witness God's daily sufficient grace, and then you breathe and survive through it all--day by day, laughter by laughter, groan by groan. This is a book not just for special-needs parents, but for all who knows what it's like to be forced to live a life you never expected.

    13. So much truth packed into this book. While it's primarily written for parents of special needs children, i think anyone could benefit from it because he writes about suffering in a more general context. Excellent book.

    14. Profound reflections not only for those who live around people with disabilities, but for anyone regarding coping with difficult situations. It has short chapters written by a husband/wife team, and I've read some over and over and believe I can benefit greatly from their wisdom.

    15. It was a book I wish I had in the first weeks after our diagnosis, but even three years later it is rich and full of wisdom and grace, without putting a shiny fake veneer on the hardships.

    16. Exceptional book written by parents of two children with autism. Insights into life and God and suffering and joy that are beautiful for anyone to read. Thank you both for your honesty! I bought this for a friend, but learned so much from it that I bought my own copy!

    17. Things happen in life that throw us for a loop. Maybe a loved one dies, your child gets diagnosed with an illness, you go through hard times financially. There is a grieving process for what you've lost.Andrew and Rachel Wilson had dreams of what life would be like with their two children. Then both were diagnosed with regressive autism. They were now living a life they never dreamed or expected. Don't think that you need to have a child with special needs for this to apply to you. This book is [...]

    18. From the foreword: This book doesn't tell you to try harder or to be more heroic. The book shows you how to come to Jesus, just as you are, for everything you need. The Life We Never Expected is a book about parenting special needs children. It is written by a husband and wife, Andrew and Rachel Wilson. They have an autistic son and an autistic daughter. They wrote this book with a) parents in mind, b) family and friends of those parents, c) anyone and everyone who is suffering and needs encoura [...]

    19. The Life We Never Expected is a must have for parents of special needs children. It helps to know someone who has "been there done that" and with two special needs children of their own Andrew and Rachel Wilson are those people. They are open and honest as they share their day to day struggles to be the best parents they can be while trying to come to terms with all being a special needs parent entails.As a mom of two special needs children myself, I was eager to review this book. Sometimes bein [...]

    20. This was a very honest, heartfelt book and I felt as though I got a glimpse into this couple's journey with their two autistic children. I loved their candor in admitting the disappointment and time of grieving when their children were diagnosed with autism. And the joy that you can see that they have in those children is wonderful. I definitely think this book should be read by anyone who is around children on a regular basis or who may be touched by a family dealing with special needs

    21. Reading The Life We Never Expected gives the reader a tiny glimpse into the window of the troubled, weary, exhausted, wondering soul of a parent who has been given the task of caring for a child of their own that is autistic. True there are varying levels of disability with autism and in the case of the Wilson family, it seems theirs are severely disabled.We can see how their heart breaks when they see their seemingly normal child regress bit by bit into the touch-me-not, sensory heightened, han [...]

    22. I found it interesting (and timely) that as I was posting about many of the unexpected things that happened in my life recently, I would be given the opportunity to review a book, talking about just that!The Life We Never Expected is about surprises, disappointments, hurt, faith, love and family.As I was reading it, I felt like the authors were inside my head at times. Though they are dealing with a completely different "surprise" than what I've gone through, the stages of feelings and grief the [...]

    23. "Faith in future grace means trusting the Giver rather than the gifts." (131)I do not have kids with special needs. That makes me not qualified to even fathom the struggles beyond what is written in The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson or at times understand the grace that's in it. What I can share is the level of heartfelt and sincere reflections that were written in this book. The disbelief, the mixture of anger and hurt and the hope all boils down to the total reliance on [...]

    24. It is difficult for me to give this book a fair review because I do not have any special needs children. If you do, you will likely resonate with this book far better than I. I am not unfamiliar to special needs as I volunteer in a special needs program, but the day to day home life is a mystery to me.The Wilsons (authors) are a charming couple with great perspective. Throughput the gamete of emotions many face, they help their readers journey through each phase with them.Perhaps I expected a mo [...]

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