New book: Real Families, Real Needs

by Kathy Kuhl

When someone has learning challenges or special needs, their whole family has special needs. While I’ve blogged on siblings and fathers of children with special needs (see below), a new book helps all family members.

In Real Families, Real Needs: A Compassionate Guide for Families Living with Disability, Joni and Friends has gathered stories and advice to help and encourage you. Whether you are a father, mother, sibling, grandparent or other family member, there’s a section in this book for you. Written from a Christian perspective, this book was just published by Focus on the Family.

I had the privilege of writing a chapter of an early draft of the book. You will find some of my family’s stories in chapter 8, “A Trusting Heart: Sharing Christ When Setbacks Come.”

I’m eager to read the rest of the book, but didn’t want to wait any longer to tell you about it.

What resources help your family keep going? I list others below and I welcome your ideas in the comment section below.

Resources and related posts


Real Families, Real Needs by Joni and Friends

My second book, Staying Sane as You Homeschool, can help whether you homeschool or not. Perhaps it should be called Staying Sane as You Raise Kids.

My blog post on siblings of kids with special needs, with suggested reading,

My review of Another Kind of Courage: God’s Design for Fathers of Families Affected by Disability

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo


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