Different by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson – A Review

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:

“Nathan was different, and Sally knew it.

From his early childhood, Nathan was bursting with creativity and uncontainable energy, struggling not only with learning issues but also with anxiety and OCD. He saw the world through his own unique lens – one that often caused him to be labeled as “bad,” “troubled,” or someone in need of “fixing.”

Bravely choosing to listen to her motherly intuition rather than the loud voices of the ¬†world, Sally dared to believe that Nathan’s differences could be part of an intentional design from a loving Creator with a plan for his life. She trusted that the things that made him different were the very things that could make him great.

Join Sally and Nathan as they share their stories from a personal perspective as mother and son. If you are in need of help and hope in your own journey with an outside -the-box child, or if you’re an adult trying to make sense of your differences, you’ll find deep insight, resonance, and encouragement in the pages of this book. Dare to love and nurture the “different” one in your life.” – Taken from the back of the book.

Karen says:

This book is a must read for anyone who has an outside the box child or knows of such a child. This book made such an impact on me as I read through this book. I saw one of our children in the pages of this book. Our child is not as bad as Nathan is, but some of the things Nathan dealt with in this book reminds me of our child.

A lot of times in our society, you have to be so much of what people say is “normal” and if you don’t fit what that “normal” is, you have a hard time fitting in. Not only does the person not fit in, the family is sometimes often thought of differently. Then to compound the problem because the family is often thought of in a bad light, the family will pretend that life is just grand and nothing is wrong and will put on a fake front, but the truth is hidden. I found great hope and respect for the Clarkson family for writing this book. I felt like, yes there is actually families who are willing to break down some of the walls and tell people what it is actually like in their families, the good and the bad.

This book was an inspiration to me because even though Nathan does have some problems, he has grown up and is living independently. My biggest takeaway from this book is that there is hope for different kids. Just sit back and help guide those kids that are different and have an extra measure of grace for those kids as well as their families.

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