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Laurie Wallin strives every day to live out her message for families: that no matter the challenge, in Jesus they can have joy and confidence. She is mom to four girls, two of them with mental and developmental special needs. She has been a certified life coach for over a decade, and is a regular speaker at women’s events and retreats, a popular blogger, and the author of Why Your Weirdness Is Wonderful. Visit her at lauriewallin.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (January 1, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443393
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443398
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Melinda Lancaster VINE VOICE on January 3, 2015
Format: Paperback
There are many books on the market these days designed to help both parents and professionals to better understand and deal with special needs children.

But what about the needs of the parents? They often go unacknowledged, unnoticed, and uncared for.

That is what makes "Get Your Joy Back: Banishing Resentment and Reclaiming Confidence in Your Special Needs Family" such a unique and valuable tool. It is written especially for YOU--the parent of a special needs child. It is about your struggles, needs, hurts, frustrations, and disappointments.

And very true to the title it is about getting rid of the extra baggage that comes with the very challenging assignment, that you face daily, to make room for more joy.

As the mom of four girls, two of them with mental and developmental special needs, Laurie has her finger on the pulse of special needs parents. Her experience as a certified life coach enhances her ability to tackle difficult subjects graciously. Her own experiences have allowed her an insider's view on many of the struggles that are common among special needs parents. Plus she networks with other parents dealing with similar issues. All combined, this has led her to a level of expertise on the subject.

I feel that she did a masterful job of validating many of the feelings that parents of special needs children typically deal with but are often hesitant to admit. And what I love is that she doesn't stop there. She gives solid advice for dealing with the feelings and moving forward to a healthier place.

The author's writing style is warm and caring. That makes reading this book very much like sitting next to a friend for a discussion.
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I have found myself instantly connecting with Laurie! As I read, I realized that she was putting words to feelings which I hadn't even acknowledged, let alone dealt with in a redeeming fashion. Tears have flowed, and healing has begun.
The author writes in an engaging, insightful and inspiring style. Her manner is personal, professional and poignant.
Laurie Wallin touches the very heartstrings of this arduous journey of special needs parenting. Her book resonates with her own faith and faithfulness.
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Weary does not begin to describe my emotions as a special needs parent, and for the first three days when I picked up 'Get Your Joy Back' by Laurie Wallin, all I could do was cry. I would read a page, ok a paragraph, and Laurie's words rang so true to my heart that I couldn't see through the tears.

Once I got through the tears and said to myself, 'God clearly has something big in this book for you', I couldn't put it down! I read the entire book, highlighted, wrote in, and marked my book up! I showed it to my son's counselor and said, 'Your clients' parents NEED this book!'

Laurie uses her experience, not just as a life coach, but more as a special needs mom, to reach those of us who are in the trenches of weariness as we raise our beautiful, special children. Laurie has 4 children. 2 of her daughters were adopted from foster care and have mental health, behavioral challenges, and even some medical concerns.

Laurie connects with her readers on a personal level through her witty, but often raw words. She acknowledges and validates the emotions and thoughts that we have about ourselves, our families, professionals, and even our children - those emotions and thoughts that we deny and bury as deeply as possible. After the acknowledgement and validation, she gives us practical ways to address those emotions and thoughts, ways to deal with them, and how to keep those things from stealing our JOY.

Thank you for being honest, real, and loving through the words in this book!
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In this sometimes poignant, sometimes hilarious, always heartfelt and honest book, Laurie takes us with her on a trip to find our lost joy. A mom of four kids, two with special needs, Laurie has walked the hard, lonely, road of special needs parenting for more than a decade. With amazing courage, she shares her own story of losing her joy ... and finding it again. Laurie shows us how forgiveness is the key to reclaiming God's joy in our life and our families. She leads us through forgiving our communities, our friends, our families, our spouses, ourselves and our God for the hurts and disappointments that come with special kids. As a certified life coach, she doesn't just stir up a brief flash of positive emotion but gives concrete advice for making lasting changes that, by God's grace, will help us keep our joy once we get it back. In a world full of literature for and about special kids, its delightful and refreshing to find a book just for their parents--a book just to help the helper and to care for the caregiver who spends so much time going through life with invisible needs that always take second place to those of their special kids.

This is also a great book for anyone who has a special kid in their extended family, within their close friendships, in their child's classroom or Sunday school. It will help them understand. This book has everything the special needs parent wanted them to know but couldn't, or didn't know how to, say.
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