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When I Go to Church, I Belong tells the story of six children with special needs who go to church and find they are welcome there. Children with disabilities often struggle to fit in, but church can be a place where everyone is welcome and included!
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Special Grace: Prayers and Reflections for Families with Special Needs is a collection of 127 prayers for all aspects of raising a child with special needs: Prayers for an initial diagnosis, for teachers and therapists, for IEP meetings (and more IEP meetings, and more IEP meetings!). Interspersed with personal reflections, you’ll find prayers for medication changes, mobility devices, therapy animals, and a prayer for being on hold with your insurance company. You’ll find prayers for joy, for comfort, for the beauty of this journey… and for special grace.
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When I Go to Church, I Belong
Hi! I’m Elrena. I have five kids, and I live in Pennsylvania.
When my middle son received his diagnosis and we started our journey into special education, I felt lost. Where is the prayer for receiving a diagnosis? Where is the prayer for being on hold for an hour with your insurance company? Where is the prayer for (yet another) IEP meeting?
I started to write those prayers, and Special Grace is the result – a collection of 127 different prayers for all aspects of raising a child with special needs.
As a family that is “different” (or, my favorite word, “quirky”) we often feel like we don’t fit in. But what if the church was a place where everyone was welcome? When I Go to Church, I Belong paints a vision of what that church might look like, for six young children with different special needs.
When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with my family, dancing, trying to learn how to garden (I’m still not sure which ones are the weeds) and making spreadsheets. My favorite ice cream flavor is (almost!) all of them.
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