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Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

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"Parenting a child with special needs is no easy task. I know: I've been there. I recall the day my daughter was born and our lives flipped upside down. I remember the financial uncertainties, the multiple hospitalizations, and the never-ending medical appointments and therapy sessions. But I also remember experiencing God's faithfulness in the midst. And that's where one's focus must rest in order to thrive amidst the challenges. This devotional will lead you to that place. Its words inspire hope in God and trust in His ways and wisdom. Let them lead you to the Father's heart and allow them to renew your perspective and refresh your spirit." 

-- Grace Fox, author of Moving From Fear to Freedom: A Woman's Guide to Peace in Every Situation

Raising a child with special needs is spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging. Parents need encouragement to restore hope and a passion for God in their lives -but the realities of having to be parent, nurse, therapist, and caregiver make it difficult to find the time or initiative to seek encouragement.

Packed with encouragement from parents who understand this complicated balancing act, Refresh is designed to provide just what these parents need. The devotional guides parents to spiritual truths that can be applied to the demands they face every day. It offers perspective and hope through the varying stages and phases families experience, from diagnosis to loss and grief.

Each day's devotional includes a reading from Scripture, as well as stories and testimonies from parents who intimately know the struggle readers face. Their children represent a wide range of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chronic illness, and more. Drew and Green show how the truths of God's Word are relevant, regardless of the diagnosis. Their devotional illuminates the unique lessons and perspectives to be gained as a result of raising a child with special needs. 

Insightful and powerful, Refresh will help weary parents grow spiritual roots and turn toward the Light that never fades.

Release Date: 
Sep 27, 2016

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About the Authors:

Kimberly Drew is a graduate of Taylor University, with a degree in elementary education. She and her college sweetheart, Ryan, have been married since 2000 and live with their four children. They also have a son, who is waiting for them in heaven. Kimberly developed a passion for children with special needs and their parents after their firstborn daughter 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. In 2016, she and Ryan adopted their fourth child, a baby girl with special needs. Kimberly has been serving alongside Ryan in full-time youth ministry since they were married. Visit her at

Jocelyn Green is a multiple award-winning author of more than ten works of fiction and nonfiction, including the Faith Deployed and Faith Deployed . . . Again devotionals for military wives, The 5Love Languages Military Edition (with Dr. Gary Chapman), and the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series of novels. Her passion for special-needs families was ignited when her newborn son was diagnosed with congenital hypothyroidism, which causes dwarfism and profound mental disability. While his daily medication has kept his development on track with his typical peers, Jocelyn's heart remains burdened for the special-needs child and parent. She's a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in writing. Visit her at