Recently, I was given the chance to review Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip. Held is a Bible Study for Special-Needs Parents by Lee and Sandra Peoples. Lee and Sandra have three boys, one of whom his Autism. (For those of your interested-The Peoples are also in the process of adoption with their third son.) Lee is a Pastor and their church has sought be create a wonderful Special Needs ministry.
When I heard of the opportunity to review this devotional I was very excited as Little Man's diagnosis is still very fresh. It came at a perfect time as we walked away from a difficult IEP (Individualized Education Plan) meeting. Things had gone about opposite of how we thought they would go and it was (still is) a real struggle. The People's talked honestly about many of their own struggles with Doctors and family and church. It hit close to home in so many ways.
Lee and Sandra did three things that I love in this book. 1. They focused the whole study on God; how we relate to God as we go through the struggles of raising a child with special needs, the truth of who God is in our lives, and how God expects us to respond in difficult situations. 2. The present the gospel message very clearly, declaring the truth of who Christ is. 3. Everything they say is deeply rooted in God's word.
I do wish that they had placed the scripture references at the top of each section of reading for quick reference and reading. Some scripture is quoted within the text and others are just mentioned. I would have been nice to have it listed at the top though.
This book was a quick and easy devotional. Great for the family who is hopping from appointment to appointment and meeting to meeting. It would also be a wonderful study to do as a group. I would personally love to do this with other special need parents and build that community, bond, and support.
Overall, I really enjoyed Held: Learning to Live in God's Grip. It is definitely a gift I would give to a parent going through the process of diagnosis or a worn out parent tired of therapy and meetings.
Check out Sandra's Blog or (in)able Special Needs Community (part of the (in)courage network) where Sandra contributes. I truly enjoy reading what she writes and I know it will bless you also.