The Life We Never Expected - Review + Giveaway - A Bountiful Love

The Life We Never Expected - Review + Giveaway

For most of us, we all have that dream of a perfect life. We dream of having a great career, finding the perfect spouse , have children and raise our family the best that we can. Sure, we expect that life won't be that easy and raising kids will be challenging. What happens if life as we expected does not turn out the way we want it to be?

Andrew and Rachel Wilson, author of  The Life We Never Expected, are the parents of two children with special needs. They shared their deepest, personal pain and joys in unexpected areas of their lives. I don't have kids with special needs but this book is something that I think every parent should read. We all have different struggles and celebrations. We all have different family dynamics. While some parents worry about feeding their kids organic and how much junk food they can allow, others are simply trying to function with little to no sleep attending to a child with a special need.

Our hard days are different from the hard days of a family with a child with special needs. This book reminded me of how nowadays, we are too quick to judge. When we see kids acting differently or having a big melt down, the first thing that we have in mind is that-- the kid is not disciplined enough, not attended to or neglected at home.  We don't know the real story behind it. We don't know that family.

This book will inspire you on how faithfulness and praying can deeply impact your parenting. Not just as a parent of a special needs child but again, even if you are not a special needs parent finding encouragement rooted in God's word is where you will find joy and strength.

While it's hard to be a morning person, I need to be a morning person. After my husband leaves for work, I do have a choice of going back to bed. I chose not to. The way I start my mornings , dictates how my whole day for me. I need that quiet time with the Lord.  I need my scripture reading time, that quiet hour with Him . That solitude time where I raise all of my worries and thoughts and be thankful for all the blessings. Andrew and Rachel did such an amazing job on pointing out how important it is to fight for your joy- the joy that can be found in loving and trusting God. The story is raw, it is okay to cry, to lament and be hurt. lamenting but trusting God's way even if we can't truly and fully understand His purposes.  This book will also remind you how important it is to have that community of support. Your tribe. People, family who support you and lift your spirit up.


What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

Andrew and Rachel Wilson are the parents of three children. They attend King's Church London, where Andrew serves as a teaching pastor. Andrew has an MA from the University of Cambridge and a PhD from King's College London. He is also the author of several books, including If God, Then What? and Incomparable? 

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