For most of the past 30 years, I've spent a week each summer surrounded by my very favorite friends at a camp for special needs children and adults. Camp Sunshine is my happy place because it is filled with abounding JOY. There's nothing like a sweet hug or a spirited high-five to grab a hold of your heart and not let go. The smiles of these friends are contagious and happiness exudes from their faces. And life is good.
But Camp Sunshine is only for a week. We offer families and caregivers of our special friends a week of respite as we love on their campers before we send them home again on their own until next year. The walk they walk is not always easy. It is a life they didn't expect. There are challenges I can't imagine. My brother and sister-in-love walk the same walk. It is often tiring and trying and hard and lovely and beautiful and scary -- all at the same time.
Andrew and Rachel Wilson are also walking the walk. They candidly share their story through the pages of their book, The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs and it is simply a must-read for us all. The honesty as they take turns walking us through their REAL life -- the day-to-day praising GOD through the difficulties -- is breathtakingly beautiful. The invitation to Weep, Worship, Wait, Witness, and Breathe alongside them will touch your life in a way you never imagined possible.
Could you use a little encouragement in your life? If so, you want to read this book.
ABOUT THE BOOK: Softcover, 152-pages with Questions and Answers, Epilogue, Notes, and Scripture Index
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, this 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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