This Week in America with Ric Bratton
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Episode 2644: YOU'RE SPECIAL by Katherine Thomas Leurck
You're Special: Daily Reflections from God's Children with "Exceptionalities" by Katherine Thomas Leurck
Have you ever seen a wheelchair bound person with a smile bigger than you've smiled all week? Or a child with Down syndrome who is in a perpetual good mood, and you wonder, What's the magic? Those moments are what make this daily devotional quite different. It is inspired by the words and actions of beautiful individuals with exceptionalities. The voices heard from the pages of this book include children with autism, Down syndrome, and cognition delay, to name a few. The language is simple, pure, refreshingly honest and reflects the author's experience with this remarkable community which, some consider to be angels among us. This book is one of the first of its kind because it provides children with exceptionalities a limitless platform to teach and inspire. While often this community is encouraged to "change" or "improve," they are quite perfect just as they are. Chances are if you interact with them, you will walk away in awe of their grounded trust in themselves and others, free of expectations. You will likely have a better day as a result of the interaction. At the center of this book is Drew, who is chronologically 22 years old but intellectually about 7. Every day, Drew passes out handmade rainbows that state, "You're Special."His mission is to remind everyone of their inner beauty that makes each individual special and unique. Let's be eager students of individuals with exceptionalities and their unique experience. They have so much to share, and we have so much to gain! It's where "special" meets truth-and in truth, there is wisdom. Enjoy your 365 days of reflections and embrace Drew's purposeful words: "You're Special.
Katherine Leurck admits the raising a child with exceptionalities is not easy. She considers it a journey from understanding, to accepting, and finally celebrating such a beautiful gift from God. Her intent with this book is to share the voices, perspectives, and inspiration of children with exceptionalities, which has taught her so much. Katherine lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband David, and their three children, Andrew, Alexandria and Audrey who are all exceptional in their own unique way.