Sunday, June 26, 2016

The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson Review #lifeweneverexpected #FlyBy GIVEAWAY

Sometimes life throws you a curveball.

Andrew and Rachel Wilson know what it means to live a life they never expected. As the parents of two children with special needs, their story mingles deep pain with deep joy in unexpected places. With raw honesty, they share about the challenges they face on a daily basis—all the while teaching what it means to weep, worship, wait, and hope in the Lord. Offering encouragement rooted in God's Word, this book will help you cling to Jesus and fight for joy when faced with a life you never expected.

You can purchase this book on Amazon.

About the Author

Andrew and Rachel Wilson are part of the leadership team at Kings Church in Eastbourne in the United Kingdom, and have two children, Zeke and Anna. Andrew is also a columnist for Christianity Today and the author of a number of books, including If God, Then What? and Unbreakable.

Cassandra's Review-  I personally have children with special needs and never thought of it as a challenge or different than raising any other "normal" child.   You just have to be a stronger parent and take the time to learn the disability and how to work with it.

  I find it in poor taste to write a book focusing on how hard and trying it is to be a parent.  Focusing any time on yourself and having a pity party.   However if you should be one of those people who feel the need to connect and feel poorly about your life and children as well as weep and be  dismayed, this book will go well with you and help to join you with the authors who feel the same way.

God and faith are added in to give strength, but I found the whole book to be in poor taste.   For anyone to write about the trials of having kids and then add in that they are special needs is to me insulting.  All children are tough to raise and  the authors had a choice to give them up for adoption if they could not handle having the added "stress"   I just feel like they are giving up and saying that God is going to handle everything instead of taking charge and asking God to lift them up.

  Maybe I read the book wrong, but that is how I personally felt. I will not give these authors a pat on the back for having a life most people do and being lucky enough to be blessed with any children to begin with.  They seem to have spent most of their life looking down and backward.   Yet wrote the book to help others look up.

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Lightlife Smart Dogs #MomsMeet


Water, soy protein isolate, soybean oil, evaporated cane syrup, pea protein isolate, tapioca starch, salt, potassium chloride, bakers yeast extract, carrageenan, dried garlic, natural flavor (from plant sources), natural smoke flavor, xanthan gum, fermented rice flour, guar gum, oleoresin paprika (color).
Contains: Soy
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Cassandra's Review-  First of all I had the worst time trying to find these in my area.  I had to have another person drive over 50 miles to pick them up  (since I do not have a safe working vehicle) and I just took one pack to try.   The more disappointing thing about these for me was the taste because they were actually not good at all.

 I  think this is the last time I will accept coupons for review products and I did not know I was receiving them with no hotdogs.    There are other products this brand makes but they were nowhere to be found.   The hot dogs did not cook well and even with a few different toppings to try and mask them, they are just not wonderful to my taste buds.    I am in no way creating a negative review based on the actual work it took to find and prepare them.  I would give them one half of a star out of five because they do look like hot dogs, they also do not smell like one.

  If you have tried this brand, please leave a comment and let me know how you thought of them and where you found them located.