I wanted to take just a second to let you know about a book of which you should be made aware. The book is by Gillian Marchenko entitled Sun Shine Down. It is both heart-warming and challenging at the same time. While you will feel your heart strings tugged, the book also serves as a reminder to the church of the importance and challenges of families with special needs. As some of you know, this subject is near and dear to my heart as it hits close to home. After having grown up with a severely autistic brother I wish more church families had some idea of how to minister to the needs of special needs children and their families. This book will get the conversation started. So, I greatly encourage you to visit amazon and order your copy today.
Here’s the book description:
“Lifting my hand, I placed it on my breastbone and slid it towards my navel. My mid-section felt numb. Pushing down, it was as if I tapped another person’s toneless stomach. White gauze held my empty abdomen tight. I had been eight months pregnant.” *** What if? What if you dreamed of having a beautiful child and in your mind you saw the life you’d share with that child. First steps, little league (or ballet). Maybe the child would play piano or make you proud on the Honor Roll. There’d be eventual graduations, college, even marriage and grandchildren. You might dream it out that far. Or not. Every parent has hopes. No parents wish for pain—their own, or a child’s. Then you had a premature delivery in a foreign country. And the words swirling around you said a different kind of “what if.” What if something was wrong? The dream was at risk—or so it seemed. Would you be ready for that? Could you make peace? Or would it take you down? These are the questions author Gillian Marchenko faced as she woke up after an emergency C-section in Ukraine. Only her newborn child could answer them, in time. But first she had to find a way to hear more than the words “Down syndrome.”
Order the book here.
Gillian will appear as a guest on my Gospel Points podcast (which returns with new episodes this Monday) next month.