Category Family

Get Your Joy Back

Get Your Joy Back
By Laurie Wallin and Joni Eareckson Tada
Kregel
Retail Price $13.99
Amazon Price: $11.13

Book Description: 

An invitation and a promise for weary Christian parents of special needs kids from a parent who’s been there.“It isn’t the long day of monitoring a child’s precarious health or being hypervigilant about her mood and mental health challenges that weighs parents down; it’s the wishing that things were different. . . . Resentment, not the intense care they must provide their child, is the parents’ greatest stressor and source of pain.” —Laurie WallinParents of specials needs children are exhausted. They’ve done all the research, consulted all the experts, joined support groups, gotten counseling, fought for the best life for their children. Often just caring for their children’s needs and attempting to maintain a home maxes out parents’ mental, emotional, and spiritual reserves.

Laurie Wallin knows firsthand the difficulties of this journey. With Get Your Joy Back, she steps forward to make a bold, audacious claim: in the midst of this long-term, intense task, it is still possible to have an abundant life, full of joy. The key to radically changing daily life and restoring joy to the weary is forgiveness. Wallin gives parents a lifeline to find that restoration, pulling them back to shore when they feel like they’re drowning.

This book is full of practical, biblical insights and strategies to shed the resentments that leave Christian special-needs parents themselves spiritually, emotionally, and socially drained. Wallin meets readers right where they are, sugar coating nothing, but addressing issues with honesty, humor, and–above all–hope.

Review

One of the hardest things for me to describe about my experiences as the mom of a child with some special needs is how lonely it sometimes feels. It’s weird for me to say this because I have wonderful family and friend support. There is a plethora of people available to hear me and help me, should I need them. But I find it difficult to always adequately express what is bothering me about my 5-year-old daughter with special needs.  Some worries I can’t put into words. Often, there’s no concrete reason for my concern… it’s just a feeling I have.  This often leads to depression or a loss of joy in not only parenting, but life in general.  The author does  a wonderful job of walking beside you, sharing her story, and giving you tips and resources about getting your joy back by giving up the resentment (open or hidden) about your difficult situation.  I found it very encouraging and uplifting and I was able to apply so many things to my own life.

~Reviewed by Allie B.

 

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    The Pastor’s Kid

    The Pastor’s Kid
    By Barnabas Piper and John Piper
    David C. Cook
    Retail Price $12.99
    Amazon Price: $9.74

    Book Description: 

    The Only One Facing As Much Pressure As the Pastor is … The Pastor’s Kid
    Dad may be following God’s call, but the Pastor’s kids (PKs) are just following mom and dad. Often to devastating results.
    Barnabas Piper – son of Pastor and bestselling author John Piper – has experienced the challenges of being a PK first-hand. With empathy, humor, and personal stories, he addresses the pervasive assumptions, identity issues and accelerated scrutiny PKs face.
    But more than just stating the problems – he shares the one thing a PK needs above all else (as do their pastor/father and church) is to live in true freedom and wholeness.

    Review

    This book is very insightful and helps us to understand what it is like being the child of a pastor.  The author was a PK himself and shares his story in such a way as to both enlighten the reader and entertain them.  PK’s will relate to his words and find comfort in the familiarity of the author’s life.  Church members will learn how to accept PKs where they are and not put unrealistic expectations on them just because their parent is the Pastor.  This book was a good reminder that we are all human and, flaws and all, God loves us right where we are.
    ~Reviewed by Pat C.
     
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      Global Mom

      Global Mom
      By Melissa Dalton-Bradford
      Familius
      Retail Price $17.95
      Amazon Price: $13.73

      Book Description: 

      After more than twenty years living internationally—sixteen addresses, eight countries and five different  languages—writer Melissa Bradford shares a fantastic journey of motherhood that will inspire any family.

      Follow this family of six on their passage—extraordinary, hilarious and heartbreakingly poignant—from Bright Lights (of New York City) to the Northern Lights (of Norway) to the City of Light (Paris) to the speed-of-light of the Autobahn (in Munich).  Continue deep into the tropics of Southeast Asia (Singapore) and end your voyage in the heights of the Swiss Alps (Geneva).

      As varied as the topography—the craggy fjords, the meandering Seine, the black forests, the muggy tropics, the soaring Alps—this multicultural tale traverses everything from giving birth in a château in Versailles to living on an island in a fjord. From singing jazz on national Norwegian T.V. to judging an Indonesian beauty contest. From navigating the labyrinth of French bureaucracy and the traffic patterns of Singapore to sitting around a big pine table where the whole family learns languages, cultures, cuisines—where they, in short, learn to love this complex and diverse world and, most importantly, each other.

      Review

      The author has lived a life that others only dream of, traveling the globe and raising her family in a variety of interesting, life-enriching settings.  Not that her life has been a picnic.  She has suffered loss, had to endure change, and make a consistent life for her children though her living conditions were anything but consistent.  Due to her situation, Melissa has learned to see her life as an adventure and shares how to live life in the moment.  She encourages the reader to see their lives the same way, no matter where they live, and to make hospitality a way of life.  It was a fantastic read!
      ~Reviewed by Allie B.

      ~Reviewed by Edith E.

       

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