My Review/ Thoughts:
First of all, props to a husband and wife team in writing a book about unexpected family life!
I loved the different perspectives and unique honesty from the them both. It was NOT written specifically for mothers or fathers, but both.
If you know of anyone struggling with the reality of Autism in their family - it is a must read. The Wilsons have shared honest reflections about how their family spiritually embraces having not one, but two Autistic children.
Too, this book is not for ONLY for parents with special needs, it is for anyone facing change, hardship or circumstances which life as "unexpectedly" brought them.
If you told me 10 years ago I would be living in North Carolina (after 20+ moves) with seven children (in a small home). I would have been in shock. Not to mention the stress, discipline and exhaustion it includes. Yet, I am truly encouraged by the Wilsons that they too have received oranges from life, when everyone else it "seems" to have yummy chocolate oranges.
On a practical note, The Life We Never Expected was an easy read that could accompany your bible time. I even picked it up a few times in the morning by itself. I was blessed and drawn to Jesus!
The Life we Never Expected:
What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, his book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.
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