Tuesday, November 20, 2018

"Unexpected Blessings" by Sandra Peoples

My review...

As a former special education teacher, I was excited to have the opportunity to review an advance copy of this book.

The author writes from personal experience (as a sibling and a parent). Her book is encouraging and emotional, and it contains numerous practical tips to help parents feel less overwhelmed. Scripture verses are used throughout, as well as Biblical people (such as Job, Ruth, Jonah, and Peter), to tie things together.

Peoples takes the reader from diagnosis to the impact on families, marriages, and even the church family. She demonstrates that God’s plan is always better than any we can imagine. The unexpected can truly be a blessing. The author includes numerous personal stories. I really liked how the chapters contain discussion/journal questions. Chapter titles include:

Where Can I Go? (Cycles of Grief)
Adjust Your Routines
Rebuild on the Rock
Strengthening Relationships with Your Family and Friends
Making a Difference

The author includes information on what the Bible says about disabilities, which is not something I’ve read in similar books. I was able to see some of the families I worked with in the stories in this book. I would encourage parents of a special-needs child to pick this up, if for no other reason than a reminder that they’re not alone. God is with you on your journey, and He has amazing things in store for you and your child.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.

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