The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson
The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson


What do you do when hard or painful circumstances turn your world upside down, resulting in a life you never expected? Andrew and Rachel Wilson grappled with this question after both of their children were diagnosed with regressive autism. Refreshingly honest, this book explores the highs and lows of raising children with specials needs, reflecting on the broader question of how to cope with suffering of all kinds. Sharing personal stories from their lives and encouragement rooted in the truth of God’s Word, Andrew and Rachel highlight lessons they’ve learned related to fighting for joy and thriving in the midst of trials—ultimately pointing readers to Christ, the One who promises to make all things new.

The book starts out with transparency as Rachel shares their vacation experience. With each mishap and missed injury or worse, Rachel reminds herself to breathe. With that honesty, I’m captivated and I join her and her husband as they share their story. They have two children with special needs. They use their own stories, great visuals (I love explaining their situation is like receiving an orange for dessert when everyone else gets chocolate,) Scripture and thoughts that provoke the reader beyond the last page.

They are upfront that although their story is about their children, the book is for anyone looking for hope, and I believe that. It was easy to partner with their story and find the hope to cling to. When they admitted this is the book they needed, I agree with them. When our daughter was first diagnosed with special needs, I saw a lot of academic type books, but none that addressed the million thoughts I had racing in every direction at all times. Although I’m a few years past that time, I still found the book refreshing. I felt less alone.

I absolutely recommend THE LIFE WE NEVER EXPECTED. In fact, I have one to give away (please remember if you comment, leave an email where I can reach you.) Please tell me why you should have this book. I’ll pick a winner July 5th.

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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8 Thoughts to “Book Review: The Life We Never Expected by Andrew and Rachel Wilson”

  1. Debbie

    I don’t personally have a special needs child, but we minister to several families who do in our church.

  2. Amy Mclaughlin

    I’m definitely going to read this one. I’m a Speech Pathologist and work with many children with autism. This book looks like a great story from the family’s perspective!

  3. Brenda Guardado

    I can tell by the synopsis how empowering the book is. A book about faith, family, and challenges to do everyday tasks will enlighten anyone in its path. I enjoy books that remind me how human we are.

  4. Julie

    Thank you for reading, Debbie! We had a death in the family so I am late picking and announcing a winner. I will announce a winner by tomorrow.

  5. Julie

    Amy, it really is a great book. I had a death in the family and am late picking and announcing a winner. I’ll make sure to announce tomorrow.

  6. Julie

    This book will definitely empower and inspire. Thank you for leaving a comment! I had a death in the family so I am late choosing a winner, but I will announce tomorrow.

  7. Kerry

    This book looks so encouraging. My son was adopted as a newborn, and to say that we are living “The Life We Never Expected” would be an understatement. We were told his bio mom used once during her pregnancy. She wasn’t truthful and we found out after the fact that once was actually daily methamphetamine as well as heroin and alcohol. We were not prepared to parent an alcohol exposed child. We didn’t know she drank alcohol and was a daily drug user. My son has huge problems but he’s come so far! He survived an overdose in utero, was unwanted and a problem only. Well he’s our miracle after ten years of infertility. I’m 47, with a four year old. I am tired : ). But I wouldn’t change one thing . God hand chose my son for us and us for him. He’s our joy and life. Id love to read this book because things are still so very hard. He has explosive anger and its getting stronger. I need encouragement badly. Thanks for doing such a kind thing Julie!

  8. Kerry

    Oops I forgot to leave my email

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