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Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs: How Catholic Parents and Their Kids with Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life Paperback – April 1, 2012


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Loyola Press (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0829436510
  • ISBN-13: 978-0829436518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #984,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Adversity is the mother of the Gospel too! Jesus taught it, but David Rizzo makes this truth obvious and very compelling. His maturity, compassion, and in-depth understanding of Christianity shines here for all to see and all to imitate."
--Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM


Life with a special needs child is a drama. David Rizzo does an artful job in meeting parents with children with special needs where they live and reminding them of the most important things in life. As parents who have been blessed with an autistic son, we recommend, Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs to every parent invited to this path.
--Curtis Martin, Fellowship of Catholic University Students


 "Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs is a terrific little book packed with gentle wisdom, hard-earned experience, a deep sense of the spiritual dimension of both the special needs parent, and keen insight into the unique spirituality of developmentally disabled children. Every catechetical program in America needs to give it to teachers involved in special needs ministry, and parents of disabled children will find comfort and guidance in its pages."

--Patheos.com

Book Description

This book gives practical advice to help Catholic parents and their kids with special needs experience greater depth and meaning in their faith.

It’s hard enough for today’s parents to raise faith-filled children. But for the parents of kids with special needs, the challenges can be almost overwhelming; these parents’ own spirituality may suffer amidst the daily obstacles of raising a child with disabilities, and they may wonder how—or even if—their child can ever experience a meaningful spiritual life.

In Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs, David Rizzo—whose 12-year-old daughter has autism—offers great hope for parents who want to grow in their own spirituality while helping their children with disabilities experience God in a deeper way.

Throughout the book, Rizzo’s abiding though sometimes tested Catholic faith is made clear as he thoughtfully explains everything from the practical, such as how parents can maintain sanity during Mass when the child with special needs becomes disruptive, to the profound, such as how parents can understand God in a way that is relevant to their predicament. At other times, Rizzo’s advice is intended to help the child grow in his or her own faith, as when he explains how kids with special needs can participate meaningfully in the Eucharist.

By looking at big-picture issues of faith while also providing specific tips to nurture spiritual growth in parents and in their children with disabilities, Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs will serve as a highly useful and inspiring resource for anyone in the community of faith who interacts with children with disabilities.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna Gittens on May 28, 2012
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This is a wonderful book. It provides real encouragement and inspiration for parents of special needs children. This book is filled with practical wisdom. The author, David Rizzo, has a gift for sharing profound spiritual insights in a simple way that you don't have to be a theologian to understand. This book provides concrete ideas that parents may use to help deepen their children's relationship with God. At the same time, it also helps lead parents on an enriching spiritual journey of their own.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By phyllis Hartzell on May 22, 2012
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In Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs, the author contributes his own experiences on how to utilize spirituality to enhance everyday life for both parents and kids with special needs. He shares anecdotes from his family and provides useful suggestions to incorporate God in day-to-day activities. The author presents the material in an upbeat fashion. This book is truly an inspiration for those who deal with daily challenges. I believe this book will assist all who have been blessed with special needs children.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By GoandRead on May 22, 2012
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Faith, Family, and Children with special needs is an outstanding read for all parents!
Encouraging our children to have a richer spiritual life can be a challege for any parent, however, David Rizzo lends his knowledge and experience by sharing real life situations on raising their disabled daughter. This book offers lessons and suggestions from attending church with a disabled child to planning a vacation with a disabled child and the resources are wonderful. The heart warming Bible verses and quotes throughout the book are a gentle tools that may make you cry while also giving you just the encouragement that you need. You will be sharing this book with a friend, for sure!
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By Carol Blank on June 11, 2012
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David Rizzo is a physical therapist who specializes in working with adults and children with developmental disabilities. He and his wife, Mercedes, live in Marlton, New Jersey, with their four children, one of whom has autism spectrum disorder. The couple developed the Adaptive First Eucharist Preparation Kit for Loyola Press.

The subtitle of Rizzo's first book, Faith, Family, and Children with Special Needs, is How Catholic Parents and Their Kids with Special Needs Can Develop a Richer Spiritual Life. Rizzo draws on his professional life to address physical strength and endurance and neural changes in the brains of children with autism and other disabilities. On a personal level, he shares experiences from families with special-needs children, including his own. He writes of "the isolation parents can feel, the search for meaning, and the deep spirituality rising out of these struggles."

Several chapters center on parents--the effects of having a special-needs child on marriage, ideas for developing a prayer life amid the sometimes chaotic situation in which they are immersed, ways to build extra strength and perseverance, and finding miracles and blessings where others might miss them. Other chapters relate more directly to nurturing spirituality in children with special needs. The material is presented with stories, quotations from scripture, and practical suggestions. Each chapter ends with a suggested family activity.

One chapter focuses on cultivating compassion, empathy, and social responsibility in children with autism. Compassion and empathy are the basis for recognizing and responding to the needs of others, writes Rizzo. "Unfortunately, the brain mechanisms governing empathy are largely disrupted in children with autism.
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