Lonely Girl, Gracious God: A Mother's Story of Autism's Devastation and God's Promise of Enduring Love

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From the moment of her birth, Farema was not like her sisters. She didn't respond normally to sounds or the touch of a hand. She was different. Embrace this mother's deeply personal account of tragedies and triumphs, along with joys and sorrows of raising a child with the devastating disability of autism.

When lives have been turned upside down and we have nothing left to cling to, God offers amazing grace to find encouragement and authentic hope
in the face of overwhelming confusion and grief.

Chicken Soup for the Soul contributor Lauri Khodabandehloo takes us on a journey down the broken road that leads us to the truth of God's overwhelming faithfulness, and His promise to never leave us as she shares the special bond between those who are challenged with a developmental disability and the people who love them.

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Works with those with developmental disabilities. Serves on the board of SAIL supporting semi-independent living for adults with developmental disabilities.

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God’s grace often touches us in the most unexpected ways and it is those gracious blessings that powerfully impact our lives. So it was for me as God graced me through my association with Farema. From the time I began working with Farema on the ice I was encouraged by her passion for skating. Every challenge for her became a lesson for me; every triumph for Farema became mine, as well. I received far more from Farema in those instructional sessions than she ever could have learned from me. I was witnessing the grace of God in the brightness of Farema’s eyes when she focused on my instruction; the confidence in her movements as she glided across the ice; the resilience in her recovery when she fell on the ice; the joy on her face when she completed a skating program; and the sense of ease in her belonging when she skated and socialized with her fellow skaters. Every moment with Farema was a privilege and the memory of that time will forever remain among my most treasured life experiences. In Lonely Girl, Gracious God, Lauri Khodabandehloo shares the story a special young woman, her determined and devoted mother and the power of God’s grace.
--Lucinda “Cindy” Jensen, PSA Master rated coach, retired manager
and skating director of the Lane County Ice Center

I was first introduced to Lauri and Farema when I had the pleasure of reading Lauri's submission to Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs. It was an honor to read their entire story Lonely Girl, Gracious God and what happens when a parent stands against the odds, armed with love, perseverance, and faith. Lauri's first novel is heart breaking, heart wrenching and achingly honest and most importantly, triumphant.
--Heather McNamara co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs & Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul

Lonely Girl, Gracious God really touched me ....a fabulous writer, you have created images in my mind and I'm sure, also in any other readers’ mind, that seem real and at the same time unreal, beyond reality....
--Harold (Hal) Spencer, President of Manna Music, Inc., Song Writer/Composer, and Author

Lonely Girl, Gracious God is a powerful, inspirational memoir. But Lauri Khodabandehloo’s object is not solely to inspire. The birth of a child with autism creates sometimes unbearable strains on families and marriages. Lonely Girl, Gracious God is, above all, a testimonial, about the power of a family’s faith, the need to balance the needs of the autistic child with those of her siblings and parents, and the struggles of a husband and wife, and their resilience, in facing each difficult transition in their daughter’s journey to adulthood. It is a gift to all of us.”
--Karen Simmons, Co-author, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Children with Special Needs, The Official Autism 101 Manual & Autism Tomorrow, Founder & CEO Autism Today

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