The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs by: Andrew J Wilson

The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special NeedsThe Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs by Andrew J. Wilson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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 on without explaining it away and in doing so they have been able to process their distress in ways that actually fit with the realities that they experience.

They have laid out the process in cycles. Weeping/Worshiping/Waiting/Witnessing. Each in their own words have laid out their hearts in a vulnerable way that bring them closer to the heart of God. Just come to Jesus just as you are for everything you need.

I appreciated the gospel in these reflections because it is never about what I can do but what Jesus has done. It is not passive but a fight of never giving up on hope. What children can teach you is amazing and worth it all!

A Special Thank You to Crossway and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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