Jun 082015

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Though I do not have the responsibility of caregiving that authors Jeannie Ewing & Eileen Benthal do with special needs children, I found Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers useful as a parent of normal needs children.

By the grace of God, my parenting experience has been (relatively) normal stress. At some point, my daughters will need me less, will move out, enter their vocation, and hopefully visit me and allow me to visit them. For Ewing and Benthal — as well as millions of others — they could be giving care to their children when many of their friends have become empty nesters.

“Navigating Deep Waters” is like being in a workshop for those with special needs children (or for anyone in a situation where they are the primary caregiver to a person with high needs). Each chapter talks about a specific element of caregiving, the authors tell their stories, offer advice based on their experience, and then present questions that they encourage the reader to go deep within to find the answers. Space in provided in the book for journalling.

Among my fellow Americans, we have a belief that we can and must handle what life gives us alone, but it need not be this way. God created us to be in community with each other and to rely on each other. Caring for someone with special or high needs can push us to our limit. It’s OKAY to seek help.


I give Navigating Deep Waters: Meditations for Caregivers by Jeannie Ewing & Eileen Benthal 4-stars on the Amazon scale.

For those facing the challenge of caring for someone who does not seem to appreciate you or pushes you beyond where you think you can handle, I recommend this book to help you deal with feelings before they deal you a blow.