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Trade Paperback
192 pages
Feb 2004
Broadman & Holman

A Special Kind of Love

by Susan Osborn & Janet Mitchell

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Filled with deep, hard-won, Christian insight, and empathetic information, A Special Kind of Love reaches out to all those who love children with special needs. Parent, relative, sibling, and helper will find this book full of sustaining, intimate, well-researched information. Basing their book around the personal experiences of people coping with special needs children, Osborn and Mitchell helpfully delve into such subjects as: hanging onto faith; hope in hopeless situations; unconditional love and trust; unforgiveness; courage; acceptance; unexpected blessings; healing; and joy. A sampling of the personal experiences of parents and caregivers include coping with children with autism, diabetes, terminal diseases, and neurological and genetic disorders. Each chapter includes biographies, a look at the problems presented, relevant scripture, and encouragement and pertinent suggestions based on the experience and insights of the caregivers and authors. A useful list of resources for those who cope with special needs children concludes this book.

With failure, triumph, and everyday teeth-gritting living portrayed, honesty shines throughout A Special Kind of Love. Both author/editors are mothers of special needs children. Speaker, editor, and author Susan Osborn and women and teen’s writer, teacher, and leader Janet Mitchell bring a wealth of experience and ability to this volume. Written simply, empathetically, and forthrightly, this book will appeal to a wide audience, both secular and Christian. Families, nurturing groups, childcare centers, education classes, teachers, volunteers, in fact anyone who loves or wants to learn to love children with special needs will find this book valuable." -- Donna Eggett, Christian Book

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All children are special, but some children have special needs. Where do the parents of a “special-needs child” go for comfort? What other individuals do they know who share their daily struggles, while watching their child try to “fit” into a normal world? A Special Kind of Love: For Those Who Love Children with Special Needs is written for these moms, dads, grandparents, foster parents, and extended families who live with these children on a day-by-day basis. This book is also designed for teachers, doctors, social workers, friends of the family, and pastors who work with these children.