Book Review - Refresh

Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs
By Kimberly M. Drew + Jocelyn Green

Raising children can be tiring for anyone. But if your children has special needs, it's exhausting. The realities of life as a parent, nurse, therapist, champion, and caregiver threaten to overwhelm you on a daily basis. The truth is that no matter how much you love your child, you still need a respite, an oasis where your soul can be refreshed. 

Kimberly Drew and Jocelyn Green know the struggles - and joys - of raising children with special needs. They understand how much you need reviving encouragement, restored hope, and a renewed passion for God. Refresh offers all of that with scriptural truths that speak to the demands you face every day. Insightful and powerful, Refresh shares stories from parents just like you whose children face a wide range of special needs including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chronic illness, and more. Like you, they endeavor to faithfully raise children with special needs and appreciate the ways their children can uniquely highlight the wonders of life. 

Kimberly M. Drew is a pastor's wife and elementary school teacher. She is a mentor to teenagers and the mother of three children, including one with several disabilities. She blogs at

Jocelyn Green is an award-winning author of fiction as well as non fiction including The Five Love Languages Military Edition, Faith Deployed, and Wedded to War. She is also the mother of a son with congenital hypothyroidism. 

My Thoughts: I was given this book to review by the publisher, and originally I was apprehensive. I think telling anyone how to raise their children can be hard, because either you will mean it improperly or people will take it that way even if you have the best of intentions and advise. There is scripture throughout and questions to ask yourself at the end of the chapters. The authors aren't pushy in any way and all their advice feels kind and isn't looking down on the parents. It is a great book for anyone with special needs children or if you're a grandparent or aunt/uncle of one. If you like Women Living Well or More than just Talk  you'll for sure like Refresh. 

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