Occasionally you come across a book you just can’t put down. This is one of them. It is written by Andrew and Rachel Wilson who are on the leadership team of a large church in Eastbourne. More importantly, they are parents of two children who are severely autistic. If you are looking for a book with neat answers, this isn’t it. If you are looking for detailed theology, this isn’t it.
The book is a raw, passionate and deeply insightful look at the challenge of applying faith to the task of bringing up children with special needs. If you want to know why there is a picture of a penguin on the cover, you need to read the opening meditation on Psalm 130. It is one of the best chapters on the issue of suffering I have read in a long time, and it made quite an impression when I read it at small group last Thursday evening.
I would recommend this to all my friends who have children with special needs, and for those who would like to know something of the journey we have undertaken. The chapters are short and easy to read, so if you find the idea of reading a whole book daunting, don’t be afraid. There is so much good stuff here, and I for one know that I have been blessed by reading it.