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Book Review, “Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs,” Amy E. Mason author

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Bible Promises for Parents of Children with Special Needs, by Amy E. Mason, is a wonderful book. It is a topical guide to God’s promises. It is designed to help those caring for children with special needs to find hope and comfort in God’s promises and stories in the Bible.

The topics selected in this book were selected to speak to the uniqueness of special needs parenting, including both the joys and the struggles. They are designed to encourage such parents and guide them into the presence of Jesus.  The topics, arranged in alphabetical order, are all comprised of Bible verses and a short devotion. Some of the topics included are: abandonment, anger, attitude, bitterness, embarrassment, caring, eternity, guilt, loneliness, obedience, and shame.

This is a marvelous book. Each topic is short and easy to locate, including not just one, but several Bible verses. It is designed to help parents “be assured of his constant grace and love for both you and your child.” Because the author is the mother of a child with special needs, her understanding of the challenges are evident in this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone who has or works with a child with special needs.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Atonement,” Beverly Lewis author

The Atonement coverThe Atonement, by Beverly Lewis, is an incredible book.  Its lessons on forgiveness and love reach deep into the reader’s heart.

Lucy Flaud is 25-years-0ld and unmarried, nearly unheard of among the Amish.  She fills her time with volunteer work, meeting people and trying to help the many that touch her heart. But her past includes things that she cannot run away from forever. Eventually, she must face the concept of forgiving both herself and her father. Oddly enough, it is an Englischer friend of her father’s that eventually helps her to do just that.  Meanwhile, her friend Tobe asks to court her, and she is unable to believe that she is worthy of him. God, however, leads her on a path that she is not expecting, causing her to search her heart for the truth.

I enjoyed this book.   Lucy is very hard on herself, like many of us are in real life. I could relate to her father, who made things worse even as he was attempting to help. I especially enjoyed the twins, Lettie and Faye. I found their attempts to get their sister’s attention refreshing, reminding me of many younger siblings I know.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction or has ever had a problem forgiving themselves.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “Strong and Kind,” Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard authorsauthor

Strong and Kind coverStrong and Kind and Other Important Character Traits Your Child Needs to Succeed, by Korie Robertson with Chrys Howard is a wonderful book. It also includes “Stories and Wisdom” from Willie Robertson.

Korie has written this book because she believes that “What America needs today are parents who don’t just say they value these virtues but who live them and passionately and boldly teach them to their children.” She begins the book by explaining that she was asked a question as a young mother, “What are two important character traits that you want to see in your children?” She answered strong and kind. This book helps parents to understand why it is important to teach children Biblical character traits. In addition to strong and kind, she includes self-control, honesty, compassion, patience, joyfulness, loyalty, and humility.

This is a wonderful book with practical advice from parents who have a wealth of experience. Their willingness to share these experiences in order to assist other parents in instilling Biblical values in their children is commendable. I especially liked the section on honesty, which included this quote: “We must train our children to be honest and teach them that dishonesty brings painful consequences. Being honest might make us uncomfortable for a few minutes, but it leads to much greater rewards.”

I would recommend this book to anyone who is attempting to influence children toward Biblical character traits.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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