I’ve heard buzz about Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo on Twitter since it was released. I am very excited that I finally got the chance to read it, and I’m even more excited to share it with you!
I confess that I’m a reader and researcher. I have read a lot of articles and have bought and read parts of more books about parenting children with special needs than I care to admit. A lot of times, I haven’t finished the book or article because I felt like something was missing. It didn’t really address everything that I needed.
This was not the case with Different Dream Parenting. I devoured every word on every page, ready to see what wisdom and resources Jolene had to share with me next. She nailed it every time. She covered everything I want from this type of book: being an advocate for your child, handling hospital life, family life (including siblings, which is heavy on my heart right now), making arrangements for the long run, the loss of a child, and raising the child who overcomes the obstacles.
Every chapter presents the information, shares stories from other families, contains sidebars with questions and bullet points to quickly reference later, offers related Scriptures for encouragement and support, and ends with a prayer and, finally, a list of resources. There are also several appendices in the back with prayer guides, Bible verses to address emotional issues, a chart to manage medications and food intake, and interview questions for in-home nursing care.
For such a small book, Different Dream Parenting is full of great information that is easy to read and easy to put to use. It addressed the practical and spiritual concerns I deal with daily. I knew that Jolene and the other families know what it’s like to live my life. I highly recommend this book to parents of children with special needs.
Thanks to the generosity of those at Discovery House, I get to offer a copy of Different Dream Parenting by Jolene Philo to one of you. If you are 18 or older and a resident of the United States of America, you are eligible for this giveaway! I’m going to try the Rafflecopter widget for this giveaway. Just follow the directions for entries!
This giveaway begins at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 18, 2012, and will end at 12:01 a.m. ET on June 30, 2012. The winner will receive an email notification within 48 hours of the close of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond to me with your mailing address. I will send your mailing address to Discovery House, and they will mail the book to you directly.