The Life We Never Expected Book Review & Giveaway #lifeweneverexpected #FlyBy

About the Book:

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 special 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.

The book begins with the Introduction that tells why Andrew and Rachel decided to write this book. It's written for parents, family and friends of those raising a child with special needs, and for anyone who's going through any kind of suffering. The next 2 Chapters are of Rachel sharing a day in her life and Andrew reflecting on Psalm 130. The book is divided into Five Cycles and within each cycle are the five things people go through: weeping, worshiping, waiting, witnessing, and breathe. Each chapter is written by either Andrew or Rachel and shares their personal experiences and the thoughts, feelings, emotions they went through. They also talk about how this book can be applied in our lives.

I wanted to read this book because I was a sub one-on-one aide for a child with special needs for a year, and as a substitute teacher, I often have students with special needs in my class every day. I also teach Sunday School sometimes, so I thought this book would be helpful for me there too. Well, I found out that besides helping me in those situations, this book can help me deal with day to day life also and the circumstances that pop-up sometimes. It's neat to hear the perspective of both Andrew and Rachel, because as a man and a woman, they deal with and process things differently, so it's also given me some insight as to how my husband thinks. I have found this book to be very encouraging, to see how even though they are going through tough circumstances, they know God will help them through. I've learned the true meaning of joy and how people would rather be around someone who has true joy(this really hit home since I'm often pretty negative). I've learned it's o.k. to be sad sometimes and that everyone expresses it differently. I've learned more about the Bible, God's promises, what truly matters, about kids with special needs, and more about Andrew and Rachel. I am really grateful to have been able to read this book. It has enriched my life and helped me make some positive changes.

If you want to check out this book for yourself, it is available on for $9.01.

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