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New Book Contracted for Parents of Kids with Special Needs

Wed, 2015-04-15 04:00 -- Jocelyn Green

Last week I signed a contract with Kregel Publications, officially ending my nine-month sabbatical from deadlines. (If you're curious about how I filled my non-writing season, see my top 20 here.) This new project is one that is very close to my heart. It's a devotional book for parents of children with special needs, and I'm co-authoring it with my dear friend Kimberly Drew. Allow me to introduce you.

About Kimberly

Kimberly and I attended Taylor University together, where we were Resident Assistants in the same resident hall. She and her college sweetheart, Ryan, have been married since 2000. (I was one of her  bridesmaids!) The Drews live in New Jersey with their three children, Abigail, Jayden, and Cooper. They also have a son Jackson who is waiting for them in heaven. Kimberly developed a labored passion for children and parents of children with special needs after their daughter Abigail suffered a traumatic birth which resulted in multiple disabilities including Cerebral Palsy, a seizure disorder, hearing loss, and microcephaly. From these experiences, and a heart to see and know Christ more, came the desire to help other parents grow in their Christian walk through their own experience raising a child with special needs. Kimberly has served the last fifteen years as a pastor's wife and mentor to teenage girls. She blogs at Promises and Perspective, and at www.differentdream.com, the Web site of author Jolene Philo.

Why this project?

Those of you who know me well know I've co-authored four devotional books so far. They were all for military, since, as a military wife, I felt a desperate need for spiritual encouragement. I believe parents of children with special needs share that need as well. My son was born with hypothyroidism six years ago. His medication is keeping symptoms at bay, but when I was told my baby was born with a disease that causes profound retardation and dwarfism, my world was rocked. It opened my eyes to an alternate possibility for our family, and though we are fortunate that he is developing normally with his medicine, my heart is still tender to the trials of families with special needs. Kimberly will be sharing from her own heart and experiences in this book, and I'll be sharing insights based on conversations I'll be having with many other parents whose children have a variety of challenges. We are both so grateful for this opportunity.

About the Author: 

Jocelyn Green

Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. As a speaker, Jocelyn inspires faith and courage in her audiences. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at www.jocelyngreen.com.

Comments

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Thank you Constance!

Submitted by Tonya on
Wonderful Jocelyn! This is very much needed! God be with you and your friend as you take on this project!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Thank you so much Tonya! You should have an email from me in your inbox....if you don't, I must have an old email address. :)

Sounds like a wonderful book. I have written a few blogs about my daughter's trials with Epilepsy, Migraines, Aspergers, Sensory Integration Disorder, ADD and Delayed Development, but we are going through a new phase now as she transitions into adulthood. I was frightened for her when she was little, but this is a new kind of challenge...a new walk of faith. And all the things we have overcome and accomplished feels like it isn't enough and time is running out as her 18th birthday hangs around the corner. Congratulations on your new project!

Submitted by Jocelyn Green on
Jennifer, I would love to hear more about your story. I'm about to go on a trip, but when I get back, I'm going to follow up with you and see if you're willing to share. In the meantime, would you be willing to share a link or two to the blog posts you've written? I'd love to read them.

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