“Our son was cognitively disabled; I was now spiritually crippled.
Both of us needed urgent and intensive intervention. But therapists only came for him.”

~ Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special-Needs Parent, p.40

 

When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are broken. But faith doesn’t have to be. Diane Dokko Kim comes alongside families as a fellow special-needs parent to help reconcile the premise of a good God with the gritty realities of raising a child with disability.

Unbroken Faith identifies the fear, guilt, and inadequacy all parents of children with special needs experience. Rather than apply pat answers to deep wounds, Unbroken Faith tackles, head-on, the core struggles and conflicted emotions all special needs parents stumble over.  It courageously articulates the deep-seated, unspoken doubts and fears families may have, but are afraid to voice:

“Why my child? Why us? This is not the way it’s supposed to be!”

“Why won’t God fix this? Doesn’t He care?”

“I’m the wrong parent for this child. I’m not qualified.”

“No one understands what I’m going through.”

“I can never die. What will happen to my child?”

Grace allows room for doubt, fear, and even anger. Unbroken Faith’s Biblical application and encouragement helps readers understand that they are not alone, that God gets it, and that the Bible is entirely relevant to the raw and messy yet hallowed spaces of special needs parenting.

Whether by diagnosis, disillusionment, a death—or the death of a dream— everyone gets “crippled” by something. No one is exempt from the jagged edges of a broken planet. All believers struggle to reconcile faith with disappointment. Sin and brokenness may steal, kill, and destroy, indiscriminately. But no matter the spiritual diagnosis, Jesus is an equal opportunity Healer and Redeemer.

For more information, Introducing, Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special-Needs Parent

Unbroken Faith identifies and treats the crippling fear, guilt, and inadequacy that parents of special needs kids can encounter.

Kim courageously articulates deep-seated, unspoken doubts and fears you may have but are afraid to voice: Will my child still have a full life? Can I do this? Where is God in all this? As you are adjusting to your new normal, Kim’s biblical-based encouragement will help you understand that you are not alone, that God gets it, and that God’s Word is entirely relevant to the raw and messy yet hallowed spaces of special needs parenting.

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Praise for Unbroken Faith

Joni Eareckson Tada, CEO Joni and Friends, Author, Disability Advocate

“Diane pulls back the curtain on some of the toughest faith-questions, and points you to the Word of God in hopes that you will experience heaven-sent comfort and compassion. In this extraordinary book, Diane reassures you that it’s okay to grieve, weep, doubt… and ask the hardest of questions. An excellent resource for support groups or Bible studies, it is a valuable tool for any church leader, friend or family member who wants to better nurture the hearts of special needs parents.”

John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA, author of I’d Like You More If You Were More Like Me

“Unbroken Faith names both the darkness and light in ways that will comfort, challenge, and re-awaken the ache of hope.”

Kathi Lipp, speaker and best-selling author of Overwhelmed, and Clutter Free

“With raw authenticity and sensitivity, Diane helps me understand the unspoken cries of a special-needs parent, and offers guidance on how to love, support–and most importantly–do life together.”

Stephen “Doc” Hunsley, M.D., pastor of Grace Church, Overland Park, KS, SOAR Special-Needs Ministry Director, and special-needs parent

A must read for every parent of a child with special needs. My new number one resource to give to every newly diagnosed family with special needs!”

Anna LeBaron, author of The Polygamist’s Daughter

“Unbroken Faith is not just for special needs parents, but for anyone devastated by loss or crushing disappointment that cripples our faith. Diane masterfully takes us on a journey of processing our grief. It moved me to tears and connected me in a real way to the Father-heart of God about my own suffering, limitations, and ‘repurposed pain.'”

Amy Fenton Lee, author of Leading a Special-Needs Ministry: A Practical Guide to Including Children and Loving Families, blogger at theinclusivechurch.com

“Unbroken Faith meets a profound need. Scripturally sound, it is a fantastic tool to help facilitate validation, emotional healing, and most importantly, spiritual growth. I am thrilled and proud to recommend this resource to churches who want to help special-needs parents grow in a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

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About the author, Diane Dokko Kim

Diane has served over 25 years in bi-vocational church ministry. In 2004, her first son was diagnosed with autism at age two and ADHD, which triggered profound personal, professional and spiritual crises.

In 2008, she began serving the disabled community as a special needs ministry consultant, equipping churches to become fully-inclusive faith communities, leading parent support groups, and speaking at churches and conferences. She is honored to partner with the ministries of Joni and Friends as a national speaker and ministry ambassador.

In 2012, Diane launched an online ministry, with a passion to comfort others with the comfort she received from Christ (2 Corinthians 1:4). Her writing has been featured in Christianity Today, Orange’s Parent Cue, Parenting Magazine, Dandelion Magazine, and SpecialNeedsParenting.net. She strives to empower weary parents to experience the timeless relevance of God’s Word applied to the gritty realities of special needs family life, and to view their journey as a unique opportunity for spiritual growth and discipleship. 

Whether by diagnosis, a death—or the death of a dream— everyone gets “crippled” by something. No one escapes the jagged edges of a broken planet, unscathed. All believers struggle to reconcile faith with disappointment. Sin and brokenness may steal, kill, and destroy indiscriminately. But Jesus is an equal opportunity Healer and Redeemer.

Diane and her husband, Eddie, live in the heart of Silicon Valley with their two young sons. Connect with her on Facebook or hang out here on her website where she blogs about being wrecked, redeemed and repurposed.

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