Published: Crossway $12.99
My thoughts: Reading The Life We Never Expected gives the reader a tiny glimpse into the window of the troubled, weary, exhausted, wondering soul of a parent who has been given the task of caring for a child of their own that is autistic. True there are varying levels of disability with autism and in the case of the Wilson family, it seems theirs are severely disabled.
We can see how their heart breaks when they see their seemingly normal child regress bit by bit into the touch-me-not, sensory heightened, hand-flapping, non-sleeping life of a severely autistic child. And this happens not just once, but twice to this sweet couple.
But why did God allow this? Why did God choose them as parents? Why were their children the autistic children?
The depth of the Wilson's dependence on God and on His Holy Word is soul-searching to the reader. It shows that we can feel the deepest despair and yet have the strongest of arms holding us when we entrust it all to this loving God whom we worship.
A short book but not a short read if you really want to gain something from its pages. Recommended for parents of autistic children? Who am I to say? Their hands are so full just trying to stay awake and get through another day they might be overwhelmed to be handed a book to read. But perhaps it will bless those who care for these troubled families who in turn can bless the families that are dealing with autistic children or any form of disabled child.
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