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Disability and the Sovereign Goodness of God, by John Piper and Tony Reinke

Children Are Gifts From God, Disabled or Not!  By Renne C. Berryman
This is an inspirational, insightful, spiritually sound, informative and compelling testimonial of the journey of a Christian mother of two, one with a mental handicap.  You will find a wealth of knowledge and information about raising a child with a mental handicap or any child for that matter as well as an abundance of Scripturally based conviction and guidance to face such a disability or child rearing in general.  This bears witness as to what we can do with all of the trouble this life brings and where we can turn.  The writer hopes this book will facilitate in finding more answers for such unparalleled issues that effect many lives and as such are far too urgent to ignore.  God blessed parents and gave them His most precious gifts; a child to raise and love in the love we know through Christ which never ends, not even when a disability hits home.  You will find that every page reverberates and embraces the Scripturally significant indications and the belief that children are gifts from God, disabled or not.  God’s strength is made perfect in our weakness; so imagine His strength in children, particularly those with a mental handicap or other type of disability.

Christian Cargiving – A Way of Life  By Kenneth C. Haugk
Do you ever feel uncomfortable talking about your faith, praying with others, or trying to comfort a friend?  Christian

Caregiving – A Way of Life will challenge and equip you to care for other in a distinctively Christian way.
** “Learner’s Guide Turns this book into a 10-week small group study **

Compassionate Caregiving – Practical Help and Spiritual Encouragement  By Lois D. Knutson
Caring for an elderly parent, ailing spouse, or chronically ill friend can be overwhelming.  Lois Knutson comes alongside to encourage and strengthen you with practical advice learned from years of caring for her own mother as well as her experience as a health care chaplain and pastor.  Learn how your caregiving can become more meaningful as you discover ways to see your role as a calling from God.
Compassionate Caregiving includes tips for:
Caring for yourself as you care for your loved one
Choosing a nursing home or other facility
Long-distance caregiving
Giving care to the dying

In these pages, you’ll find workable solutions, reassurance, and confidence-building support for your caregiving journey, including Scripture and prayer for your loved one and you.  You will be reminded that you’re not alone, for your heavenly Father walks beside you along the way and cares for you as you care for others.

A Different Dream for My Child  By Jolene Philo
Jolene Philo’s son was hospitalized many times as he battled a life-threatening birth defect.  Today, support networks for parents of critically or chronically ill children have improved, but most only provide for urgent physical needs.  This book addresses the spiritual needs of these parents as the author shares her own life lessons, as well as those of other parents who have walked this road.  No matter how difficult the road, Philo says, you don’t have to lose hope.

Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart  By Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D.
“Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.”  Proverbs 25:20
This proverb describes an all-too-human problem each of us faces from time to time: The words and actions we use in our attempts to help hurting people may unintentionally add to their burdens instead of ease their pain.
This book provides a healing remedy.  Forged in the crucible of Kenneth Haugk’s own suffering, this book was then shaped through careful research with more than four thousand individuals who had also known suffering in their lives.  Dr. Haugk listened to stories, gathered data, tested assumptions, and compressed their collective wisdom into gems of compassion and understanding that everyone can learn from and use.
Built on a solid Biblical foundation and brimming with God’s grace, Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart overflows with practical examples and specific suggestions about what to say or do – and what not to say or do.  It will touch your heart, expand your thinking, and guide you in bringing Christ’s loving care to hurting people when they need it most.

Finding Your Child’s Way on the Autism Spectrum   By Dr. Laura Hendrickson
Laura Hendrickson knows the challenges and victories of raising a child on the autism spectrum.  She believes your child has been uniquely made by God.  And rather than wishing your child could be like everyone else, you can begin to hope that he’ll grow up to be the adult God designed him to be, difference and all.
Dr. Hendrickson discusses social skills, rituals, friends, options for education and career, managing emotions, discipline and more.  You’ll learn the importance of lavish praise and quiet correction, gentle pressure to learn, firm limits and consistency, and discipleship.
And wherever your child is on the autism spectrum, whether high or low functioning, verbal or nonverbal, you’ll find helpful and hopeful information so you too can know the joy of your child “getting it” in his or her own unique way.

From Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones  By Shari Rusch Furnstahl, M.Ed.
Shari was a child afflicted with brain damage at birth, a variety of health issues, several learning disabilities, and family challenges.  With the help of educators and a willingness to try, Shari succeeded beyond all expectations, becoming an honor student, a teacher, and a nationally recognized speaker on the topics of at-risk youth, special education, and overcoming challenges.
Shari’s inspirational and moving account of triumph over difficult circumstances – told with humor and candor – is essential reading for special needs students or parents wanting to be encouraged that they are not alone and that hope for a bright future is very real.
** Includes a resource section with ideas for parents who have a child with learning disabilities or other challenges. **

Good and Angry  By Scott Turansky, D.Min. and Joanne Miller, R.N., B.S.N.
Parents often feel angry when their children do wrong things.  Responding to children in anger can be more damaging than helpful – but anger doesn’t have to be the enemy.  It can serve as a trigger to help you be an even better parent.  Recognizing the very real emotions we face, Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller show you how to:

  • Parent Successfully Without Yelling
  • Implement a Five-Step for Teaching Children to Follow Instructions
  • Help Your Children Accept No for an Answer
  • Understand How to Discipline a Child Who Lies

** Includes questions for discussion and special activities to do with your children. **

Holding on to Hope  By Nancy Guthrie
Nancy Guthrie knows what it is to be plunged into life’s abyss.  Framing her own story of staggering loss and soaring hope with the Biblical story of Job, she takes her sufferers by the hand and guides them on a pathway through pain – straight to the heart of God.
** Includes an eight-week Bible study on the book of Job for individual or small group study. **

Home Improvement – Eight Tools for Effective Patenting  By Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Mille, RN
How can I be consistent when I’m parenting under pressure?  How can I help my children change their hearts and not just their behavior?  What can I do about the tension that lingers after times of discipline?
Every parent has wondered about the answers to these questions – but now there are solid answers that you can rely on.  Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, offer practical, hands-on ideas for family rules that teach values, ways to let your children know when you mean business, plans for helping children deal with their anger, and constructive ways to end times of discipline.  And that’s only the beginning.  Home Improvement and a more harmonious relationship with your children are just a few pages away!
** Includes Reader’s Guide for personal reflection or group discussion! **


Church Leaders

Special Needs / Disability Resources
Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart  By Kenneth C. Haugk, Ph.D.
“Like one who takes away a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar poured on soda, is one who sings songs to a heavy heart.”  Proverbs 25:20
This proverb describes an all-too-human problem each of us faces from time to time: The words and actions we use in our attempts to help hurting people may unintentionally add to their burdens instead of ease their pain.
This book provides a healing remedy.  Forged in the crucible of Kenneth Haugk’s own suffering, this book was then shaped through careful research with more than four thousand individuals who had also known suffering in their lives.  Dr. Haugk listened to stories, gathered data, tested assumptions, and compressed their collective wisdom into gems of compassion and understanding that everyone can learn from and use.
Built on a solid Biblical foundation and brimming with God’s grace, Don’t Sing Songs to a Heavy Heart overflows with practical examples and specific suggestions about what to say or do – and what not to say or do.  It will touch your heart, expand your thinking, and guide you in bringing Christ’s loving care to hurting people when they need it most.

Leadership Resources
Action Trumps Everything  By Charles Kiefer and Leonard A. Schlesinger
You’re smart.  Creative.  And terrific at solving challenges.  So why does it seem that the number of things you can’t figure out is increasing?
The problem may not be you.  It could be the way you were taught to think.  When the future is probably going to be pretty much like the past, our current way of solving problems works just fine.  But when the future is unknowable – is quitting your job and starting something new a good idea; will the prototype product we are developing at work find a market?  How we traditionally reason isn’t much help in predicting what will happen.
We need a new approach.
Here it is. Within this short, entertaining book is a proven method that entrepreneurs use for navigating in an uncertain world, a method that will work for you (whether you’re an entrepreneur or not).
That approach?
Step 1:  Make sure what you are about to do is something you really care about.  It’s silly to launch into the unknown if you don’t.
Step 2:  Don’t over-think.  Don’t imagine what might happen.  Get started with what you got in hand and take a small, smart step toward your goal and find out.
Step 3:  Evaluate what you learn, and if you like the results, take another step. In other words: ACT. LEARN. REPEAT.  This proven approach has worked for hundreds of thousands of people.  Find out if it works for you.

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