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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Lauri's book on Autism is inspirational and well-written.

Review done by Heavenly Mommy

Title: Lonely Girl, Gracious God

Author:Lauri Khodabandehloo

Book Overview: From the moment of her birth, Farema was not like her sisters. She didn’t respond normally to sounds or the touch of a hand. She was different. Embrace this mother’s deeply personal account of tragedies and triumphs, along with joys and sorrows of raising a child with the devastating disability of autism.

When lives have been turned upside down and we have nothing left to cling to, God offers amazing grace to find encouragement and authentic hope in the face of overwhelming confusion and grief.

Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor Lauri Khodabandehloo takes us on a journey down the broken road that leads us to the truth of God’s overwhelming faithfulness, and His promise to never leave us as she shares the special bond between those who are challenged with a developmental disability and the people who love them.

My Review: As soon as I read the first page, I was hooked. I turned each page with great anticipation of the story that was going to unfold before me. Lonely Girl, Gracious God is an inspirational and true story of a mom that wanted to do everything for her autistic daughter to make sure she had the best life possible. She was not going to let anything or anyone stand in the way of Farema leading a “normal” life that included friends and extra-curricular activities.

Lauri Khodabandehloo persevered through this incredible journey with her autistic daughter by having a tremendous faith in God. Lauri is an inspiration as she continued to love and support Farema from an early age, even though she was different than her older sisters. Lauri searched every avenue possible to make sure her daughter received the support and help she needed to thrive.  

I would highly recommend Lonely Girl, Gracious God. It is inspirational and well-written. You can read more about this book and the author, as well as meet Farema at You can also head on over to Deep River Books to get a copy for you and a friend or family member for only $13.99!

**I received a free copy of this book from Bring It On! Communications for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated in any way for this review. All opinions are my own.

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