A devotional that provides meditations on Bible passages to encourage Christian parents whose children face behavioral challenges.
Working in the neuropsychology field and raising a son with autism prepared Regan to write this guide. Following a brief forward and introduction, the book provides 155 biblical meditations for parents coping with what Regan calls “extraordinary children.” The passages include poetry from Psalms and Isaiah, stories of military victories of Gideon and David, and parables of Jesus in variety of translations. Regan designed the book for parents who don’t have the time or energy for lengthy discussions of entire chapters of Scripture. Passages are two verses or fewer, and meditations are a page and a half. The book also gives readers questions for reflection. The devotions themselves aren’t sequential, making it easy to resume reading after long absences (a must for exhausted parents). The entries seem to reflect the intention and sincerity of the writer, who says things like, “I am praying for you.” Themes like spiritual identity, resting on the Sabbath, intimacy with God and allowing God to enter busy lives recur most often. The author touches on less obvious principles as well, such as fasting, giving readers much to consider as they read two pages at the beginning or end of another long day. Some readers may appreciate that Regan shares few specifics of her own story, thereby allowing more universality, while other readers may wish for more personal details.
A thoughtfully constructed, deeply felt book that Christian parents can look to for encouragement.