The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson + GIVEAWAY

"Faith in future grace means trusting the Giver 
rather than the gifts." (131)

Title:  The Lost Heiress
Authors:  Andrew & Rachel Wilson
Publisher:  Crossway
Release Date:  June 30, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction: Family Christian Living

What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

I do not have kids with special needs. That makes me not qualified to even fathom the struggles beyond what is written in The Life We Never Expected by Andrew & Rachel Wilson or at times understand the grace that's in it. What I can share is the level of heartfelt and sincere reflections that were written in this book. The disbelief, the mixture of anger and hurt and the hope all boils down to the total reliance on God. It's not only about parenting, though in truth it is, but it weaves in grace and love and what it means when there's loss and sadness. It brings to mind our imperfections and how our perfect God still loves us. He is the ultimate Giver. A lesson in humility, in gifting and in love. This is not only for parents. It's for all of us.

"Acts of kindness that comes with no strings attached - no expectation of reciprocity, no desire to be kept in the loop at all times, no roster that needs to be managed - are the best of all." (127)

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through FlyBy Promotions for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the authors of The Life We Never Expected: Hopeful Reflections on the Challenges of Parenting Children with Special Needs and have two children, Zeke and Anna. Andrew is the teaching pastor at King's Church London and a columnist for Christianity Today

Russell Moore (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the eighth president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, the moral and public policy agency of the nation's largest Protestant denomination. A widely-sought commentator, Dr. Moore has been called "vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate" by the Wall Street Journal. He is the author of several books, including Onward, The Kingdom of ChristAdopted for Life, and Tempted and Tried, and he blogs regularly at and tweets at @drmoore. He and his wife, Maria, have five sons.

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  1. Sounds like an inspiring book! I can't imagine what they have struggled through.


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