This Anguishing Blessed Journey

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This Anguishing Blessed Journey:
A Mother’s Faith Journal through Autism

By Sonya Shafer

Format: Paperback
Size: 6 x 9
Pages: 72
ISBN: 1594670803
Retail Price: $9.99

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When we diagnosed my youngest daughter with autism spectrum disorder, I found two kinds of books available: personal stories and practical therapies. Both were helpful, but I found nothing that addressed the spiritual abyss we parents can fall into when the diagnosis sinks in.

As it happened, the Lord engineered circumstances so that I was reading through the entire Bible during that first year of the diagnosis. As He began to bring comfort to my aching heart and peace to my grieving spirit, I started to write down what He was showing me. This faith journal shares the

  • Heartfelt prayers
  • Gentle, loving Biblical truths
  • Everyday spiritual insights
  • Anguishing emotional struggles
  • Blessed strength from Scripture

that all played a part in my spiritual journey that first year, a journey that was both anguishing and blessed.

“Isn’t anguishing a rather strong word?” my friend asked.

“Yes, it is,” I replied. “But I can’t find a better word to describe that gut-wrenching pain I feel whenever I think about one of my children being harmed in any way. I actually thought about calling the book This Anguish of My Soul, from Job 7:11, but that title wouldn’t convey a complete picture. The journey has not been without its blessings.”

I’ve come to know God more intimately because I needed Him so desperately. I’ve learned compassion for the weak and respect for those who minister to them. I’ve watched my other children grow in grace and patience, and I’ve discovered they have abilities that I hadn’t seen before. I’ve shared in the comfort that comes from the fellowship of believers, brothers and sisters in Christ. I’ve gained strength from some wonderful Christian ladies all over the world who are walking their own journeys mingled with anguish and blessing.

If you are a mother who has asked, “Will I ever stop crying?” then you understand the word “anguish.” But be assured that this journey is also blessed. Let your suffering nudge you closer to the Savior. Run to Him and find the comfort and healing that He can bring to your grieving heart.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3, 4).

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