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Lonely Girl Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love
     

Lonely Girl Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love

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by Lauri Khodabandehloo
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935265467
Publisher:
Deep River Books
Publication date:
03/15/2011
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

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God’s grace often touches us in the most unexpected ways and it is those gracious blessings that powerfully impact our lives. So it was for me as God graced me through my association with Farema. From the time I began working with Farema on the ice I was encouraged by her passion for skating. Every challenge for her became a lesson for me; every triumph for Farema became mine, as well. I received far more from Farema in those instructional sessions than she ever could have learned from me. I was witnessing the grace of God in the brightness of Farema’s eyes when she focused on my instruction; the confidence in her movements as she glided across the ice; the resilience in her recovery when she fell on the ice; the joy on her face when she completed a skating program; and the sense of ease in her belonging when she skated and socialized with her fellow skaters. Every moment with Farema was a privilege and the memory of that time will forever remain among my most treasured life experiences. In Lonely Girl, Gracious God, Lauri Khodabandehloo shares the story a special young woman, her determined and devoted mother and the power of God’s grace.

--Lucinda “Cindy” Jensen, PSA Master rated coach, retired manager

and skating director of the Lane County Ice Center

I was first introduced to Lauri and Farema when I had the pleasure of reading Lauri's submission to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs. It was an honor to read their entire story Lonely Girl, Gracious God and what happens when a parent stands against the odds, armed with love, perseverance, and faith. Lauri's first novel is heart breaking, heart wrenching and achingly honest and most importantly, triumphant.

--Heather McNamara co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs & Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

Lonely Girl, Gracious God really touched me ....a fabulous writer, you have created images in my mind and I'm sure, also in any other readers’ mind, that seem real and at the same time unreal, beyond reality....

--Harold (Hal) Spencer, President of Manna Music, Inc., Song Writer/Composer, and Author

Lonely Girl, Gracious God is a powerful, inspirational memoir. But Lauri Khodabandehloo’s object is not solely to inspire. The birth of a child with autism creates sometimes unbearable strains on families and marriages. Lonely Girl, Gracious God is, above all, a testimonial, about the power of a family’s faith, the need to balance the needs of the autistic child with those of her siblings and parents, and the struggles of a husband and wife, and their resilience, in facing each difficult transition in their daughter’s journey to adulthood. It is a gift to all of us.”

--Karen Simmons, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs, The Official Autism 101 Manual & Autism Tomorrow, Founder & CEO Autism Today

Meet the Author

Works with those with developmental disabilities. Serves on the board of SAIL supporting semi-independent living for adults with developmental disabilities.

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Lonely Girl Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
flameclaw More than 1 year ago
hey its me flameclaw im posting from the net look im doing this because this might be the last time i get to speak to you ever again and its my fault i made a stupid mistake and im sorry for it i really am i will do everything in my power to get back to you as soon as possible i love you and rosekit gooodbye for now - flameclaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Pattimari More than 1 year ago
Lonely Girl, Gracious God is a book that everybody should buy and read, but especially those that don't understand autistic children or has a child that has autistism. Lauri speaks and writes from personal experience and this experience is value to read. The book is well written and easy to follow. Pattimari Sheets Cacciolfi, Therapist, Author
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Lonely Girl, Gracious God by Lauri Khodabandehloo is a moving story of a mother's struggle to make a better life for her child. Lauri and her husband Cody already had three daughters when she became pregnant with Farema. From the earliest moments of her pregnancy, Lauri knew there was something very different about her baby. After she was born, her worries grew, but she tucked them in her heart, afraid that if she discussed them with anyone, even her husband, they would become more real. After countless tests, the word autism comes up again and again, but Lauri ignores it wanting only for her little girl to be normal. She prays again and again that each treatment, each test will make Farema somehow normal. Meanwhile, her older daughters felt frustrated by their perception of Farema's being spoiled rotten. Readers follow Lauri through the darkest times in her heart, and she reveals things that many mothers would be ashamed to ever say aloud. But God bless her honesty, because she gives readers a true look inside the life of an autistic child with all of its ups and downs. Readers will soar with Farema when she finally finds freedom in ice-skating and crash with her as her attempt at independence ends tragically. This book is not an easy read. It is heart-breaking as Lauri truly opens her heart up for the world to see. In the end, readers are left with the knowledge that God had planned Farema to be just as she is from before she was born, and that He is still in control today. My one complaint is that I wish the author had included some pictures of Farema and maybe even the rest of the family. If you visit the author's website you can see some pictures of her there, as well as a video of her ice-skating, but I would have loved to see "Fee" in pictures in the book as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
yeah no joke flameclaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is what it's come to...my life has been nothing but pain and lies. I thought you were different. *her pelt changes...it is no longer white with a black heart but the opposite....her eyes are no longer the shining gray of the moon but the shadowy gray of storm clouds...* did you know, I was born completely white? But when I was abandoned this black heart appeared on my shoulder...my heart was still good but there was that little bit of evil in my heart...now it has taken over. You pushed me over the edge. I have decided that with my color change my name will change as well...from now on my name will be violetstorm. I am leaving as well...and if you see me again things won't end well. You'll find my ad at warior series first result. You told me I was your everything. But like everyone else in my life, you lied to me. You had my heart and my trust and you threw both away. To think I was opening up to you. Never again will I trust anyone. I'll depend on noone but myself. It took me this long to realize that no one cares. I won't waste the rest of my life feeling sorry for myself. Goodbye...for your sake, I hope I never see you again.-violetstorm