Friday, November 11, 2016

Refresh by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green (Book Review!)


Spiritual Nurishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green

(received in exchange for an honest review)


Genre- Religion / Christian Life / Devotional

Published by- Kregel Publications

Copyrighted- 2016

Number of pages- 282

Age Group- Adult

Description of book- paperback, listed price- $15.99, ISBN 978-0-8254-4403-6

It can be difficult to raise children.  For those who have special needs, it can be even more difficult.  The parent needs to be a parent, nurse, caregiver, and more on a daily basis.  It can get overwhelming.

Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green understand the difficulties that come when raising children with special needs, and they have written this book for those parents who have children with special needs.  They also share the lives of others with special needs children.

About the Authors-

Kimberly M. Drew and her husband have three children.  One of them has severe disabilities.  She is an elementary school teacher and blogs at

Jocelyn Green and her husband have a son who has congenital hypothyroidism.  She has written other books, Faith Deployed,  Wedded to War, and others.  You can learn more about her and

My thoughts-

The title of this book, Refresh, describes this book perfectly.  The parents of special needs children will be refreshed when they read the different short devotionals.  The different sections that they can chose devotions from are:

  • “Uprooted: When Life’s Landscape Changes”
  • “Sowing Seeds: Cultivating Truth and Faith
  • “Pulling Weeds: Digging Out That Which Entangles”
  • “Parched: When Hope Withers”
  • “Drenched: Nurishing the Soul”
  • “Sunlit: Turning Toward the Son”
  • “Pruned: When Pain Produces Fruit”
  • “Branching Out: Touching Other’s Lives Through the Journey

Each of these devotional style chapters contain supporting Bible verses, digging deeper questions, prayers, and the stories of the authors and other parents.

I’m not a parent of a special needs child, but I know that this book will bless those parents out there who need support on a daily basis.  It has blessed me.  This is a perfect way to learn the different Bible verses that may help sooth rough days.  Each chapter is short, which will help on those extra busy days.  There is a section at the end of the book to help those who don’t know Jesus personally.  There is also a section of resources.

I highly recommend this book for parents of special needs children. 

Disclosure of Material Connection- I received Refresh, by Kimberly M. Drew and Jocelyn Green, for free from Kregel Publications’ Blog Tour.  All links were current when posted.  I was not required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own or those of my family.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

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