SPIRITUALITY & RELIGION

It's Okay About It: Lessons From a Remarkable Five-Year-Old About Living Life Wide Open

HarperCollins. May 2017. 240p. notes. ISBN 9780718085421. pap. $16.99; ebk. ISBN 9780718085537. REL
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Blogger Casper (LaurenCasper.com) has taken some of her homespun insights on family and parenting and presents them here, organized around the simple wisdom of her special-needs son, Mareto. After suffering from infertility, Casper and her husband eventually adopted two Ethiopian children: one with recognizable issues, and one with unknown issues that over time led to a diagnosis of autism. The overarching theme—life doesn't always go the way you thought it would—resolves into a generalized sense of "Let go and let God." The author's unaffected voice is reflective of a realized, everyday spirituality. Many of her ideas find common cause with new parents walking the path of discovery as their children mature into their unique selves, if only parents take the time to stop and notice. That idealized parental expectations often have to conform to each child results is a subtle and simple joy.
VERDICT A personal account of Christian parenting for those who are harried yet hopeful.

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