I can do all this through him who gives me strength.~ Philippians 4:13, NIV
Every so often a book comes along in the world of special needs that is a game changer. DIFFERENT DREAM PARENTING: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs is just such a book. As I mention in my endorsement within the book, no parents raising a child with unique challenges should be without this volume.
There are several things that made me fall in love with Jolene's second publication in the Different Dream series. When my first child with special needs was born, there was a diagnosis specific book that was considered the encyclopedia of how to raise such a child. While extremely helpful, it was somewhat short-sighted in the scope of what it covered. Not so with this book! Everything from birth to death is touched upon by the author. Gaining a sure footing when a child receives a diagnosis is extremely difficult for parents. Insights and tips provide that help to readers. Tackling challenges in hospitals and schools are not for the faint of heart nor for those who are unaware of their legal rights. Chapters equip parents with clear and concise information to help face these situation with confidence. In fact, those raising children with special needs will want to keep this book handy to reference as life grows and changes.
Another reason I love this book is the fact that it combines the spiritual with the practical. Those who read the history of SNAPPIN' MINISTRIES will discover that the organization was birthed, in part, by the fact that there was much in the way of secular support a decade ago, but not much in the way of faith-based support for parents of child with special needs. Yet, nothing will test our faith will such heartache and confusion as when our son or daughter receives a diagnosis. Not only does each chapter in DIFFERENT DREAM PARENTING start in scripture and end in prayer, but a solid Christian approach is woven throughout the information. In addition, there are seven wonderful prayer guides in one of the appendices at the end of the book. This is every bit as essential in putting parents on solid footing as the practical information provided.
Jolene so beautifully blends the information and spiritual support with stories from real parents, that our organization has decided to use this new release as part of our developing mentor program! If you know a parent with a newly diagnosed child or if you have your own questions you're looking for answers to, be sure to pick up DIFFERENT DREAM PARENTING. You will not be disappointed!
Pray: Father, thank You that You provide resources for us through talented people like Jolene. Give us wisdom. And help us to approach the challenges of parenting one step at a time.