Refresh: Spiritual Nourishment for Parents of Children with Special Needs

Jocelyn Green (Author) Kimberly M Drew (Author)


More than one-fifth of US households with children have at least one child with special needs. Raising a child with special needs is spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically challenging. Parents of these children need encouragement to restore hope and a passion for God in their lives--but the realities of having to be parent, nurse, therapist, and caregiver make it difficult to find the time or initiative to seek encouragement.

Packed with encouragement from parents who understand this complicated balancing act, Refresh is designed to provide just what these parents need. The devotional guides parents to spiritual truths that can be applied to the demands they face every day. It offers perspective and hope through the varying stages and phases families experience, from diagnosis to loss and grief.

Each day's devotional includes a reading from Scripture, as well as stories and testimonies from parents who intimately know the struggle readers face. Their children represent a wide range of special needs, including autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, genetic disorders, chronic illness, and more. Drew and Green show how the truths of God's Word are relevant, regardless of the diagnosis. Their devotional illuminates the unique lessons and perspectives to be gained as a result of raising a child with special needs.

Insightful and powerful, Refresh will help weary parents grow spiritual roots and turn toward the Light that never fades.

Product Details

Kregel Publications
Publish Date
September 27, 2016
5.4 X 0.7 X 8.4 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

Jocelyn Green ( inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King, Wedded to War, and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. Her books have garnered starred reviews from Booklist and Publishers Weekly, and have been honored with the Christy Award, the gold medal from the Military Writers Society of America, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a BA in English, concentration in writing. Jocelyn lives with her husband, Rob, and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at
Kimberly M. Drew is a pastor's wife and elementary school teacher. She is a mentor to teenage girls and mother of three children, including one with several disabilities. She blogs at


"Parents of children with special needs too often inhabit a dry and thirsty land of isolation and despair. Kimberly Drew and Jocelyn Green's devotional offers living water and food for the soul to families wandering in the desert. Filled with stories and advice from parents who have walked the same road, and replete with promises and encouragement from Scripture, Refresh is an oasis of hope for families living with the realities of special-needs parenting. I highly recommend it."-- (06/14/2016)
"'I had to pull over on the way home to cry. I had lost the mother-daughter relationship and future I had dreamed about.' When I read these words in the first pages of Refresh, I knew immediately that these authors trod the same path I had. They know the weaknesses of my heart and that God is the source of strength that sustains me. This devotional touches the heart and soul of parents with children who need special care, no matter how extensive that care may be. Refresh is truly refreshment along this trail given to us by God."-- (06/14/2016)
"Parents of special-needs children feel so alone and misunderstood, but Jocelyn and Kimberly give them a voice and a loving shoulder to lean on just when they wonder if they're going to make it. With empathy and encouraging words from the Lord, coupled with stories that will tug at every parent's heart, Refresh is more than a devotional--it's a lifeline of hope."-- (06/14/2016)
""Wherever you are on your special-needs journey, this book will touch your heart. It will give you inspiration as you finish the course God has for your precious family."-- (06/14/2016)
"Parenting a child with special needs is no easy task. I know: I've been there. I recall the day my daughter was born and our lives flipped upside down. I remember the financial uncertainties, the multiple hospitalizations, and the never-ending medical appointments and therapy sessions. But I also remember experiencing God's faithfulness in the midst. And that's where one's focus must rest in order to thrive amidst the challenges. This devotional will lead you to that place. Its words inspire hope in God and trust in his ways and wisdom. Let them lead you to the Father's heart, renew your perspective, and refresh your spirit."-- (06/14/2016)