--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