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It’s the job with the most challenges and endless rewards. Every day presents itself anew as none are truly identical.

And no two children are identical either. Each one, by God’s design, is different. But how does one parent when the differences put a child outside-the-box of “normal”?

Different by Sally Clarkson and her son, Nathan Clarkson is the moving story of such a child and the mom who loved him deeply.

Their story brings an inside peek into their journey from each of their perspectives. Each shares their thoughts and emotions as they tried to work through the daily struggles of their days.

Their transparency moved me deeply, often to tears. Their words filled me with a renewed respect for those who parent a “different” child. The journey for both parent and child is not an easy one to navigate.

Different is not a book of how-to’s. It is a story of how-we. Through their story, we all find hope for our own stories.

Their story brought several important truths:

  1. “The longing to live a meaningful life resides inside of all people” (page 53).
  2. “We cannot force others to conform to a mold they were never meant to fit” (from page 52).
  3. “The emphasis can never be on perfection, but on helping each other become who we were meant to be within a family setting” (page 58).
  4. “We all need to hear words from others and from Scriptures that will shape the pathways of our minds, instilling a confidence that God was on their side, that God had a place for them in writing the history of the world, that they were suited to live into a great story” (page 59).

This book brings a beautiful message to us all –

“My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.”
(2 Corinthians 12:9, NLT)

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***Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I am disclosing this as required by Federal Trade Commission.


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