Review done by E G Lewis
There are some books that as soon as you hear about them, you know you want to read them. For me, Lonely Girl, Gracious God, was such a book. Since I grew up with a younger brother who was developmentally disabled, I know firsthand what a roller coaster ride dealing with a special needs child can be. Lauri Khodabandehloo, the author of this book, knows as well. From the moment of her birth, Lauri’s daughter, Farema, was different; she suffered from autism. That’s not to say the book is a downer. Rather, it provides an account of one family moving ahead in faith and finding God there waiting to help. Life didn’t instantly become peaches and cream. Far from it. But our creator maintains a special relationship with these special children, a relationship that sometimes awes and amazes. Perhaps Psalm 22 says it best. “For He has not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted, nor has He hidden His Face from them; but when they cried to Him for help, He heard.” The same holds true for their caregivers. As Lauri’s story amply demonstrates, God provides grace and strength in the face of hardship and confusion. At times, her factual account of the tragedies and triumphs, joys and sorrows she and her family encountered while raising a daughter with autism will leave you teary eyed. This book will strengthen your faith as it illustrates the myriad ways in which God uses adversity to draw us closer. Lonely Girl, Gracious God is an inspiring book that deserves your consideration regardless of the trials you may, or may not, be currently facing in your life. It goes without saying that it is must read for those dealing with a special needs child. We highly recommend it.