“Speechless” Review and Giveaway

Speechless: Finding God’s Grace in My Son’s Autism by Sandra Peoples is the story of her family’s first year after her son’s autism diagnosis. She describes the emotions, the adjustments, the struggles to take it all in, and the joys and victories along the way.

In addition to sharing her family’s journey, Sandra shares tips specifically to help family members and friends offer the support the struggling family needs most.

The best thing Speechless offers is hope—hope that God hasn’t forgotten, hope in uncertainty, and hope that God has a plan and purpose for everything that’s happening. She doesn’t claim that it’s easy, but she does offer hope that, with God’s help, a family can adjust to a life-changing diagnosis and live joyfully.

One of the things that touched me most about Speechless is that it’s my story. My daughter’s issues and diagnoses are different, but I laughed, cried, and was aggravated with the doctors right along with Sandra because I have experienced so many similar situations.

If you’re looking for a book to help you deal with your child’s disabilities, or if you have a family member or friend struggling with a diagnosis, Speechless is a must-read. I highly recommend it for everyone—those affected by a disability and those who want to know how to encourage and support them.

FYI: I received a free digital copy of Speechless by Sandra Peoples in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I received no further compensation for this review. This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.

If you’d like to find out more about Speechless and how to purchase a copy, please visit Sandra’s blog, Heart for Him. But before you buy a copy, you should know that . . .

Sandra has offered a free digital copy of Speechless to one of my readers! If you would like to win a copy of Speechless, please leave ONE comment on this post telling me why you’d like to win!

The winner will be chosen by Random.org on Friday, December 9, 2011, at 9:00 p.m. CST. I will notify the winner by e-mail, and he/she will have 48 hours to respond and verify the winning e-mail address. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, I will choose another winner using Random.org and repeat the confirmation process. When the winner has verified his/her e-mail address, I will notify Sandra, and she will send you a digital copy of the book!

What are you waiting for? Leave a comment below!

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21 Responses to “Speechless” Review and Giveaway

  1. Caroline says:

    Sandra’s great at writing so others can relate and learn. All of our children have different needs, so I imagine reading this would help *any* parent, but especially those with any kind of special diagnoses.

    Thanks for the review and kind opportunity!

  2. cristischwamb says:

    I need to read this book because I’m in a period of medical struggles for my daughter — some diagnosis identified but not understood and other diagnosis yet to be identified. I struggle with getting so bogged down in the medical messes and forget to rely on God. I guess I need an extra dose of hope these days!

  3. Jayne Gautreau says:

    I would love to win a copy as we too have a son who was diagnosed 4 years ago, it is always a blessing to read other families journeys to diagnosis. But I love that it is Christ focused, plus Sandra is a huge blessing and encouragement to us mamas on the same path :)

  4. Becky says:

    I would love to read this book! I’m finding so many “liberal” opinions & perspectives on autism. I’d love to read something more conservative & focused on God. With all that’s going on, I’m having to deliberately choose to consider God on a daily basis & rely on His strength.

  5. Susan says:

    After 6 long years of medical appointments trying to prove my son had ASD(Aspergiers) we finally have a diagnosis!!! I have known since my son was two that he had ‘autistic’ traits and have just always accepted him for who he is. It was getting harder and harder to get tolerance and understanding from community and also his school and now at 10 I am happily homeschooling my son. He is a much happier child. He has been called ADD, Tourettes(swearing like a trooper from overstimulation in environments) dyslexic, dysgraphic, dyspraxic, Gifted, Bi Polar, anxious, manic and quite frankly a little s##t! I have always and will continue to label my son with Grace and Compassion, my son- the gift/blessing from God sent by angels to fulfill a lifelong dream of having a child. I must admit that although I already knew he was ASD it was quite a shock and I had to start coming to terms with it all over again. I would love to read this book as I was also sent from God and the angels a special little girl 4 years later who has cerebral palsy. Challenging times but my faith in God has been what has kept me going. I support other families with children with disabilities and there is always someone worse off than me.

  6. Naomi says:

    I think I really need to read this book. We don’t have a formal Asperger diagnosis for DS because we have been focused on getting the physical issues diagnosed… That and the fact that we haven’t been able to find someone whom other parents have had a good experience with. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  7. I would love to read this book! Reading a story about a journey similar to my own, while keeping God as the focus, definitely something I need!!

  8. Jennifer M. says:

    I would love to have a chance to read this book! Anything to help learn to deal “Thing One” and to also help him deal with the world would be a blessing!

  9. Kimberly says:

    We are 8 months into this ‘diagnosis’ – I’d love to hear about how the first year went for someone else! We are in Africa for another year, and this is a book I could actually read from here!!

  10. Looks like a great book! I work with adults with disabilities – so my experience differs, but we do interact with parents a bit, and I’d love to learn more about their stories…

  11. Angie Hardenbrook says:

    As a friend of Sandra’s and someone who works with lots of children I would love to read this book!

  12. Megan says:

    We are starting a ministry for special needs at our church, and I would love to read this book to give me another perspective on the needs of families dealing with special needs!

    We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

  13. Please count me in. I have a nephew with aspergers and a great-nephew with autism. The one with aspergers just went through 6 months of chemo. He is in remission from Wilhms cancer. Thanks.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  14. amandasue says:

    I’d love to win this for a friend of mine at church they have 5 kids and one of them is Autistic

  15. Jessica E. says:

    I would love to win. I have two boys. The youngest is Non-Verbal/Autistic. It helps to know what others go through and that you are not alone. 😀

  16. Randi Todd says:

    I am a single mom of 5 CHOSEN (through adoption) children. Reading about HOPE would be good.

  17. Amber Chiasson says:

    I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! I am a fellow Christian mom navigating through life with 4 kids, one with autism. My 5 year old son.
    I am also a writer at heart and am planning on writing an autobiography one day.

  18. Laura Gaamble says:

    I am so glad someone wrote a book that tells it from a REAL perspective… After 17 years of struggling with my son who has aspergers this is what I needed all those years ago… There is very little help for most people and the ones that can possibly get help don’t know where to start.. Autism is a overwhelming thing to deal with and this book is really going to give a lot of insight on the fact that you can function and your child will be ok…. What is NORMAL these days anyway… I am glad I have went through this struggle because I promise you I have learned more from my son than he has from me… Thank you for writing a great book that so many will relate too… Thank you!!!

  19. Elizabeth Compton says:

    I would love this book. My 3 year old was diagnosed six months ago. I am struggling to figure out what he needs muddling through opinions of various medical professions and therapists. God is reminding me that wisdom comes from Him, but I still feel so unable to handle this

  20. Tika says:

    I would greatly appreciate a copy of this book because my 2.5 year old son was diagnosed with ASD approximately 2 weeks ago. I thought there was a delay in his development starting at about 15 months, and my county’s Early Intervention Infant and Toddler program only offered him 1 day of therapy for 1 hour per week. It took me going through a whole week of evaluations at Kennedy Krieger to get his officially diagnosed for him to obtain more services. I still feel like he is not obtaining the services he needs and I just feel lost at times. I’m traveling over 30 minutes a day with my 8 month old daughter to his group therapy and I just feel like I’m walking in a daze. I want to be the best advocate for my son and I know, deed down I know, that God will be glorified in all of this. I just need to get over feeling like our world has changed.

  21. Jessica says:

    I would love a chance to read this book!

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