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I highly recommend this book and will definitely add it to my go to list for Christian parent resources.
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Reading this book is like drinking an ice cold glass of water. If you're thirsty, this book is for you!
Bolduc pictures the art of parenting as the creation of a mosaic. The work of art begins with broken fragments. She encourages readers to embrace their brokenness and look for ways that God is making a new creation. Her own journey led her to search for connection with God in a world that frequently brought difficulty, struggle, pain, and frustration. Along that journey she discovered spiritual disciplines and practices including meditation, lectio divina, and being guided by a spiritual director. In the process, Bolduc became a spiritual director herself.
Fully aware that much of parenting must be done on the fly, chapters are brief enough to be read in a few minutes and include “Reflection Exercises” that can be done in less than one half hour. She wants, “to walk alongside you as you seek answers to the questions that are rising up in your heart, and to help you pay attention to God’s presence in your life.” (p. xiii)
If you are the parent of a child with disabilities and you don’t know where to go with your faith or wonder whether you even have faith in God anymore, I highly recommend The Spiritual Art of Raising Children with Disabilities.
Years ago, I swore off parenting books. Anything that claims to promote the “right” way of raising children inevitably misses the kids that refuse to fit the status quo. Typical advice doesn’t work for those challenging little ones. So, I will admit that I picked up this book with a bit of a bias. I expected a parenting book with a disabilities slant but had little hope of finding any real inspiration. However, as I started reading, I quickly realized this was a different kind of book. Rather than trying to give tons of advice or put a Band-Aid on brokenness, Bolduc invites the reader on a journey of acceptance and grace. Using her own experience raising a son with autism, she writes from a place of understanding, really knowing the fears and frustrations of this life. When someone experiences a death in their family, we acknowledge their loss and expect that they will go through a grieving process. When someone has a child with disabilities, many people need to grieve the loss of dreams and expectations. Other people get lost in their situation and forget to take care of themselves or their marriage. Using poetry, scripture and guided questions, Kathleen leads the reader in a process of accepting the unknown and living in the moment. She invites you to see beauty in unexpected places and to be joyful instead of bitter.
While this book is intended to inspire a specific audience, anyone living through difficult circumstances may find this book helpful. Sometimes not having an easy answer is the right response. In taking the time to work through the broken pieces of our lives, and inviting others to journey with us, we can build a beautiful mosaic. It will not look like we originally hoped, but it can be a unique expression that gives us hope and encourages those around us.