No one expects to be told they have a special needs child but this is a reality shared by thousands of parents.
In their new book, The Life We Never Expected, Andrew and Rachel Wilson share their story and insights learned as they walk the journey of parenting two children with regressive autism. Here is a synopsis:
Sometimes life throws you a curveball.
Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis—all the while teaching what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. Offering encouragement rooted in God's Word, this book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected.
Divided into a set of cycles each containing an essay focusing on five sections (weeping, worshipping, waiting, witnessing, and "Breathe") Andrew and Rachel take the writing in turns from their individual perspectives. Honest and gritty, this book leads the reader on a journey which ultimately points to God as the source of strength and hope.
When you read this book do not expect an easy read as life is often filled with loss, remorse, and difficulty. But this book reminds that there is also love, joy, and steadfastness.
All in all, I'd say give this one a read.