No More Peanut Butter Sandwiches by Jeff Davidson

Book description:

What if the challenges, struggles, and trials in your life turned out to be God’s stage for the biggest blessing of your life? What if the circumstances that bewildered and frustrated you the most brought you the closest you had ever been to God? When Jeff Davidson became the father of a child with special needs, he thought God had wrecked his life. He would discover though that God had given him an amazing gift. God had, in fact, given him a masterpiece.

As the author states, “God sent a broken child into a broken world, to a broken father, so that together they would find God in their brokenness. The world sees a little boy who cannot walk or talk, and requires 24/7 care with his every need. I see God painting his story of unconditional love, grace, and beauty on a human canvas.”

This book is the story of a father, a son with special needs, and their journey with God. Written from the perspective of a man trying to come to terms with being the father of a child with profound special needs, this book will move, inspire, and encourage anyone struggling with their circumstances and trials.

My review:

This is such a beautiful story of the love of a parent for their son and the struggle of raising a child with special needs.  Throughout the entire book, it was clear that Davidson loves his son just as much as every parent should love their child.  However, he is very honest about the emotions that occur when your child has special needs.  He views his son as a gift from God, but also explains the journey to a new “normal”.

This book is a great source of encouragement.  Although it deals specifically with a family adapting to life with a child with special needs, I think there are great lessons for anyone to read who has ever been disappointed with the hand they were dealt.  When reality does not meet our expectations, we need to adapt and find the lesson and the blessing, even if we have to look really hard.  For that reason, I think this book would be great for anyone who has ever been disappointed in life.

What I found most interesting about the book was when Davidson talked about his feelings when other parents “compare” their children or share developmental milestones.  It really made me think about how difficult that must be for parents whose children may never reach a certain milestone.

If you or someone you know has a child with special needs, or if you would like to become more aware or more sensitive to families with children with special needs, this is a great book.  I think it would be particularly helpful for fathers of children with special needs to read, because it is from a father’s perspective.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Crash in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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