As a parent of a special needs child, I never expected that I would be raising one. I never expected that I would be raising a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and ADHD. I never thought that any of this would ever happen to me, but it did. I never thought that God ever could think that I could handle a child who had special needs, but He knew that I could! He knew that I could handle it from day 1 and that no matter what curveball was thrown my way, I would take it one day at a time! I was lucky enough to be chosen to review a book called “The Life We Never Expected” by Andrew & Rachel Wilson and that is what they too never expected either!
This book helped me realize that I’m not the only person out there that has a good day and bad day with my child who has ASD. I struggle on a daily basis to know if I am protecting her enough from the evil world out there and to make sure that she is safe from all harms way. There are things that she honestly will never get and never understand and that I will never get others to understand the way she things and responds to things, but to know there are other parents out there that go through this everyday helps me out. The Wilson’s really wrote this book about their children who both have special needs, and both were thrown curveballs while raising them. It’s not an easy task in taking them to different doctors and different specialists and getting teachers and even other parents to understand what you go through, but just to reflect on what they go through helps. This book has helped me in understand that I am not alone in this journey! I am not alone in this thing called Life and no matter how difficult it may seem with some of the things that Olivia may do, or doesn’t understand and may never understand. I just have to trust in God to know that He is right beside me and to know that He is holding my hand each step of the way on this journey!
Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the parents of three children. They attend King’s Church London, where Andrew serves as teaching pastor. Andrew has a MA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from King’s College London. He is also the author of several books, including If God, Then What? and Incomparable.
You can purchase their book online here if you’d like! I loved this book so much that I plan on reading it again! So much to read and so good too!
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