"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God." ~Romans 12:2 NKJV~
A man’s heart plans his way, But the Lord directs his steps. ~Prov. 16:9~

Friday, November 2, 2012

Too Wise to be Mistaken, Too Good to be Unkind

Being a parent is one of my greatest joys in life. I remember how my husband and I at one point thought we would never be parents. Yes we tried and tried to conceive but would feel let down every time the pregnancy test showed negative. Over time we stopped focusing on me getting pregnant. Then the time came when I learned I was going to be a mommy. I was so excited. I read everything I could get my hands on. I even bought several children’s books and read to the growing baby inside me. Once we brought our son home from the hospital we were ready for this new journey in our lives. It felt strange being parents at first. I was afraid of messing things up. As he grew he seemed so perfect. He wasn’t fussy but content, he stayed on the same sleeping and eating schedule, and it was easy to keep him happy. As time went on and he was getting older I started to notice some odd behaviors. This lead us down the path to entering the world of autism. We learned that our happy little boy was on the autism spectrum.

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Grace and Truth Books is an online Christian Bookstore. It is a family business with husband and wife team Dennis and Naomi Gundersen and their 4 boys who make significant contributions to the business. This is not a Christian bookstore that follows the latest trends. They know that the truth of our Lord Jesus Christ has nothing to do with fancy packaging or attempting to resemble secular literature or media.  Their model is about reinvesting in our Christian lives through traditional Christian books that have been published for centuries. This online Christian bookstore provides a wide variety of titles that have been read and loved for so many years. The exciting thing to see is how applicable the materials are in our every day lives.” The name Grace and Truth comes from a phrase in the bible from John 1:17. They have become the publishers of almost 80 books, primarily Christian character building books for children. You can read more about Grace and Truth Books beginnings at their website. If you wondered why I began this post with a little of our story, keep reading to hear about the book I had the chance to review.

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Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind
Written by: Cathy Steere
Type: Paperback, 230 pages
Publisher: Grace & Truth Books
Price: $9.75

Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind is a book with a different perspective on the subject of autism. In this book you will hear the story of the Steere family on their difficult, yet remarkable journey into the complex world of autism. This is more than a "how-to" manual on dealing with a special needs child. You will read about the heartwarming testimony of two parents who placed their trust in their faithful Heavenly Father and lovingly persevered in training their son Drew in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It’s a powerful testimony to the sufficiency of scripture in all of life. If you are interested you can hear the author in a radio interview with Kevin Swanson here.  I highly recommend you listen to this 20 minute interview. It will help you understand where the author (whom is also a homeschooling mom) is coming from.

I am halfway through reading Too Wise to Be Mistaken, Too Good to Be Unkind. I am enjoying it so far. Each chapter Cathy shares what their lives were like through each stage of their son’s development. It was like going back down memory lane for me. My son had similar behaviors as her son displayed. My son was more mild in many ways than what her son was. We too were confused by many of the things we were seeing in our son. By the time my son was 2 is when these things become noticeable. I took my concerns to the pediatrician but it was not taken serious until at nearly 4 years old our son could barely talk. Whatever he did say no one could understand except his dad and I. I share in Cathy’s perspective on raising my son to come to know and love the Lord as well as growing to understand he needs a savior. We had to learn different ways to discipline and train him do to his delays and challenges. I still knew no matter what we are responsible for “training him up in the way he should go”. To think he once could not comprehend a lot. Well at 13 years old he loves God. We read the bible a lot. He listens attentively to a sermon being preached. He asks questions and shares with us what’s on his mind or what he thinks. He knows the difference between right and wrong. He knows what sin is. Yes with God’s leading and wisdom, you can raise a special needs child to know they too are in need of salvation. You don’t have to settle for what the experts say they can’t do. They can overcome a lot. It takes time, patience, creativity, and a little more work but God is with you each step of the way.

Be sure to stop by the crew blog to read more Grace and Truth Book reviews from other crew members.

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Disclaimer: The views and opinions in this review are entirely my own. As a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew I was not paid to write this but received this book from “Grace and Truth Books” at no cost to me for review purposes, and to give my honest opinion.

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