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Doing Life Together: Free eBook is Now Available!
The newest book in our Irresistible Church series, “Doing Life Together,” addresses the sense of isolation that many people affected by disability experience, and the importance of coming alongside them to offer meaningful friendship and support.
“Many churches have worked hard to create a Sunday morning environment that welcomes and embraces families affected by disability. This should be celebrated! But the ‘messiness’ of life with a disability extends far beyond Sunday mornings,” writes co-author Debbie Lillo. “This book is a challenge for all of us to step back and recognize that adaptations and programming are important, but they are merely first steps.”
Parents of children affected by disability struggle to balance kids, household duties, and the responsibilities of caregiving. It can also be challenging for the mom or dad with a disability to feel fulfilled in the parenting role. Most parents desire to support their typical children well, in addition to caring for the child with disabilities, but they are often stretched too thin and feel overwhelmed by all the needs.
Some of the specific and practical advice included in “Doing Life Together” addresses topics such as combatting isolation, meeting practical needs, building community and nurturing the soul. It includes a wealth of resources listing some of these step-by-step processes, as well as printable worksheets for planning and ironing out all the details.
Previous books in the series include: “Start with Hello,” an introduction to disability ministry; “Engaging Game Changers,” a guide to training volunteers; “We’ve Got This!,” explanation and instruction for a respite program for individuals with disabilities and their caregivers; “Call Me Friend,” an exploration of the buddy program as one method of disability ministry; “Pathways to Belonging,” a study in the various ways that churches can construct disability ministries to meet specific needs; “Shout for Joy!,” which provides practical solutions for making worship more accommodating; and “Are You Ready?,” which explains how a leader’s heart for disability trickles down and influences the congregation as a whole.