Jun 2, 2011

Book Review - Blog Tour Giveaway

 (dis)Abilities and the Gospel

by Danyelle Ferguson & Lynn Parsons

When our son was diagnosed with Autism, my husband and I were crushed. Not because we didn't think we could handle having a child with a disability--our oldest had multiple disabilities after all--but because we knew the hardships and struggles he'd have to overcome in his lifetime. Even though we felt prepared as parents, we had no clue how the world around us would deal with our children, especially when OCD and an anxiety disorder were added to the mix. Unfortunately, our experience was not a good one. 

From family and friends to school officials and church leaders, we faced walls of ignorance and misunderstanding. Time and time again we tried to explain our son's needs, train his teachers and caregivers and educate those who dealt with him on a daily basis. Each time we felt more and more misunderstood, frustrated and alone.

Until now.

When I first heard about (dis) Abilities and the Gospel, I was overjoyed. FINALLY, someone GOT IT! Finally, someone took the time to put the needs of these children (and adults) down on paper in a way that anyone can understand and learn. Then I got my hands on the book and read it. There are NO WORDS to describe how thrilled I was to find, not only helpful suggestions on how to better handle teaching the gospel to my son, but to also have information at my fingertips that helped me understand how he "ticks" and why he does the things he does. 

The techniques described in (dis)Abilities and the Gospel can be used anywhere, not just at church or home. This is a must have for anyone who has any contact with a person of any age that suffers with a disability. I highly recommend you purchase multiple copies to share with your friends and your child's caregivers.

Book Blurb:
Each day, parents and church leaders struggle to teach individuals with special needs. Using helpful information, real-life stories, and a touch of humor, (dis)Abilities and the Gospel provides ways for you to effectively teach people of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other disabilities.
Inside this useful guide, you’ll find

• Guidance for building strong family relationships
• Steps to teaching prayer and scripture study
• Practical and creative teaching tips
• Programs to help with transitions, communication barriers, and behaviors
• Techniques to help others feel welcome and valued

Find the answers you need and overcome the challenges of teaching the gospel. (dis)Abilities and the Gospel will help you develop each person’s ability to learn and grow as you build peace in your home or classroom.

(dis)Abilities and the Gospel is a resource that may be read, reread, and used many times. . . . The authors have beautifully woven the frustrations that so many people have experienced into an action-living plan to help children with special needs.
—Lloyd Kinnison, PhD. Texas Woman’s University, Special Education Department

This book is an unexpected and very welcome gift to the community of churches and their leaders. It addresses so many of the problems that children, young adults, and adults with disabilities face in church activities.
—Brenda Winegar, Early Interventionist/Cofounder, Kids on the Move

Blog Tour Giveaways:

Enter to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards and a free 20 minute consultation with Danyelle! You can ask her about parenting, church survival, adapting lessons - or even about writing and publishing. Two names will be drawn on June  30th & July 22nd. Each drawing will include 1 winner of a $25 Amazon gift card and free consultation; and a second winner of a free consultation. Winners will be announced on www.QueenOfTheClan.com  There are many ways to enter. You must leave a comment on the reviewer’s blog letting us know what you’ve done. Please include your email address.

1 Point Each:
-          Leave a thoughtful comment about the blogger’s review.
-          Add the book to your “to-read” list on GoodReads
-          Follow the reviewer’s blog
-          Follow Danyelle’s blog
-          Follow Lynn’s blog
-          Follow Danyelle on FB
-          Follow Lynn on FB
-          Follow Danyelle on Twitter @DanyelleTweets
-          Follow Lynn on Twitter @ParsonsLynn
2 Points Each:
-          Tell your friends about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel on Facebook with a person links to Danyelle Ferguson & Lynn Parsons
-          Tell your friends about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel on Twitter with links to @DanyelleTweets
5 Points:
-          Interview Danyelle or Lynn for your blog or write a blog post about why you’re excited about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel. Be sure to leave a direct link to your post in your comment so we can visit and say hello!

Blog Tour Schedule:
June 2nd - Christine Bryant @ Day Dreamer
June 7th - Tristi Pinkston
June 9th - Tamera @ 3 Boys & a Dog
June 14th - Ashlee @ Topsy Turvy Cakes
June 17th - Heather Justesen
June 23rd - Rebecca Talley
June 27th - Don Carey
July 6th - Danette @ Everyday Adventures
July 8th - Sheila Staley @ LDS Women's Book Review
July 11th - Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
July 13th - Jessica @ Fringies
July 15th - Heather @ Fire and Ice by Little Red Reads
July 18th - Nichole Giles @ Star Crossed Book Reviews

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  1. This book will help so many. I am so happy to see it being published. My nephew has autism and a dear friend of mine has a child with William's Syndrome. I can't wait for them to read this book!

  2. Christine - Thank you so much for your review! There are so many who share similar experiences while raising their children with special needs. I'm filled with gratitude to know you connected with my book and that it is helping you and your son. Big hugs! -Danyelle