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Unbroken Faith: Spiritual Recovery for the Special Needs Parent

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  25 reviews
When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are often broken. But faith doesn't have to be.

In Unbroken Faith, Dianne Dokko Kim comes alongside you as a fellow special needs parent to help you reconcile the premise of a good God with the devastating realities of raising a disabled child. Kim courageously articulates deep-seated, unspoken doubts
Paperback, 240 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Worthy Books
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Anna LeBaron
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It would offend my sensibilities to give this book any less than five stars.

I wanted to underline every word of Unbroken Faith. Diane Kim doesn’t waste words. She crafts each sentence with meticulous skill; there is no fluff. Sometimes when authors include scripture passages in their text, I skim over them, thinking, “Yeah, I’ve read that one before.” With Kim’s book, I hung on every word because it’s so relevant and affecting. She weaves scripture into her text in a way that makes it come aliv
Elizabeth Ouren
Mar 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diane's book, Unbroken Faith, captures so many of the thoughts and feelings that parents of special needs children go through. I love how she points us to God as the one who can handle our feelings of frustration, heartache, loneliness, despair, and helplessness. She points to specific scriptures to remind us of God's promises as a reminder that he is trustworthy and good even when we don't understand why our family is travelling this challenging road. He has a bigger picture and purpose that we ...more
J.D. DeHart
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The importance of a book like this really should speak for itself, but I will be glad to speak for it. Diane Dokko Kim's work, Unbroken Faith, speaks (of course) to faith, but also to dealing with difficult circumstances in life.

The book is therapeutic and meditative in its approach, and Kim is thoughtful and articulate throughout. While I have never had the experience described in this book, I worked with special needs students (and their parents).

I would recommend this book as a source of comp
Jess Etheridge
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So raw and real and full of Incredible truth. She was a missionary, go getter, and a mom full of dreams until her son was diagnosed with severe autism. I felt so known by all of the thoughts she shared from her journal after the diagnosis. God used this book to change my heart in indescribable ways.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read that has given me HOPE! I have battled hopelessness for years as a mother of a special needs child. This book is so uplifting, encouraging, and enriching! The author is so honest, but at the same time weaves humor into describing life with disability. She points me to Jesus and the Bible for REAL answers and help to live this life. There is someone who UNDERSTANDS! Like page 97, “We long to fit in like everybody else, but “normal” now feels hopelessly out of re ...more
Andrea Foster
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diane Dokko Kim is witty, raw, and honest about her special needs parenting journey. Unbroken Faith is a phenomenal book for special needs parents and for anyone facing life-altering, difficult circumstances. With short chapters, prayers, Scriptural support and questions at the end of each chapter, the reader is able to work through tough issues, find encouragement and strength to press on, even when the “season” is unending. Diane writes with creativity that keeps readers engaged, sometimes cry ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never written reviews for books I read, but this book - How can I not share how I love this book when it is such a precious gem?

I couldn't stop reading it until to the end of the book. I haven’t read a book that will make me laugh and cry at the same time; I haven’t read a book that makes me kept on nodding my head, agreeing and saying “Amen”; I haven’t read a book that is like what I have been feeling all these past 20 years. Even though each story might bring tears, memories of past pain
Sarah Poling
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If you are struggling as a parent, read this book. If you are grieving what could have been, read this book. If you are wondering where God is,read this book. If you think your suffering will never end, read this book. If you want to see who God is, in the bitter aspects of life, read this book.

If you want to be challenged to evaluate your faith,thinking, and comfortable Christianity, this book will lead you through the doubts, ugly thoughts, and wilderness you face and keep you pointed to who
Lyla Swafford
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbroken Faith by Diane Kim is a book like no other. Although her son has autism, every parent with a special needs child grapples with similar problems.
While her book is written primarily for parents of children with disabilities, as an adult with cerebral palsy, I was encouraged by it as well. The short and powerful chapters make it a delight to read. Each scripture in her book, seems like a peaceful oasis for our weary souls. Everyone is either impacted by the brokeness or our own. Unbroke
Ticcoa Leister
I received an advance copy of this book. Diane Dokko Kim's book, Unbroken Faith, is a must-read for parents of the autism community--and anyone who works alongside them. I can't say enough wonderful things about this book. Kim knows the trenches of having a child diagnosed with autism, of navigating a life different from the one you anticipated. She writes her story with raw honesty and offers real hope.
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbroken Faith is the book I needed when my sons were diagnosed with autism nearly two decades ago. Back then, I became an expert at researching leading-edge therapies and was driven to find a path and protocol to "defeat" autism. At the heart of my striving for a cure, though, was a deep sense of guilt that somehow this was my fault, coupled with anger at a world in which our family no longer made sense. What I lacked in those early years was a theology to make sense of God’s activity in and th ...more
Laura E. DeHority
Diane Dokko Kim tells her story but she does so much more. Through a series of short, poignant chapters, she brings her life as a special needs parent off of the page. Instead of a book that gives advice and tells the reader what they should think, she gently invites the reader into a grief process that makes room for a different hope and purpose through God's grace and redemption. The layout of each chapter, which consists of a short story, relevant Bible passages and questions for the reader t ...more
Pam Christensen
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Diane Dokko Kim hits on so many of the struggles and thoughts that we have all had as Christian Special Needs Parents, but don't think we can say out loud: What could I have done? Is it okay to be angry with God? Why doesn't God "fix" my child? What good could come from this? I'm not the right parent for my child, and so many more. Often we fall into the trap of believing these are not the thoughts of "Good Christians". However, Diane reminds us that God is big enough to handle our doubts, that ...more
Debbie Lillo
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I just finished reading Unbroken Faith cover to cover and am even more blown away than I was when I read an unfinished version prior to writing my endorsement. Everything I wrote then still holds true: Parents who are navigating the world of disability with their children do, indeed, desperately need this book and Diane does ask the hard questions many are afraid to ask and answers with faith-filled honesty and humor. However in this reading, what I am most struck by is the spiritual depth of Di ...more
Ellen Stumbo
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
This books is specifically for Christian parents of children with disabilities who are struggling with the diagnosis. Diane Dokko Kim is quite raw as she shares her struggles coming to terms with her son being autistic. For those parents who have struggled in their faith too, this is a book that may put into words their feelings and remind them someone else has been there too.

Every chapter ends with scripture to encourage the struggling parent, a prayer, and journaling questions.

I found the jou
Sarai Henderson
I am a mother of an Autistic son. I also have a son that has sever ADHD with a sensory disorder and a son who is partially deaf, so I know about the ups and downs of have a disabled child. There is nothing more important than hope. Hope that you can have the strength to get through the tough times. Hope that your child will be ok. Hope that God will take care of you. This book was so full of despair that it actually made me really sad for the author.

I know that living with an autistic child is
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Incredibly raw and honest, Dokko dives into the hard questions that parents of special needs children may find themselves thinking but be afraid (or feel guilty) asking. I personally couldn’t relate to a lot of the anger she felt when she first learned of her son’s diagnosis; she shared she was close to walking away from the faith at one point and questioned why God would allow this to happen after all she had done for Him. But it was encouraging to hear how God used her son to show her her own ...more
Timothy Northup
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book I found faith for my frustration and hope for my heartache. The author does a wonderful job relating the unique challenges faced by special needs parents to the timeless truths of Scripture, redirecting our eyes from the urgent daily struggles to God's eternal and unwavering love for us and the special needs children in our lives. If you're a parent of a special needs child, you will find hope and encouragement to face the daily struggles knowing you're not alone--God is with you in ...more
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Unbroken Faith will change your life! If you are a special needs parent, you know sorrow. You also know grief and maybe even death. The diagnoses your child bares is visible every day and often requires EVERYTHING from you! You are in a physical, mental, and spiritual battle. It never stops. You need reprieve!
Unbroken Faith will release your tethered soul. You will find freedom from things you didn’t even know you needed freedom in. With Diane’s personal story along with scripture, prayer, and
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-paper-copy
Although my son does not have a disability, he does have a life-long disease that has caused quite a bit of upheaval in our lives and has left me deeply grieving at times. This book spoke to my soul. The author has a child with autism, but I could still relate to her words by replacing “autism” with “eosinophilic esophagitis”. I highly recommend this book for any parent struggling with a difficult diagnosis for a child.
April Broussard
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent source of encouragement for special needs families and those who work with them. Short easy to read chapters. Love Diane's transparency and authenticity. ...more
Apr 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great resource for a parent with children who have chronic illness or special needs
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever been wrecked by the way your life has taken twists and turns? Then this book is for you! I know that Diane Dokko Kim wrote this book for parents of special needs... however, I believe this book is for just about everyone. I'm a children's pastor, and I'm always looking for resources to better support parents of special needs children, which is why I picked up this book. However, I found myself relating to so much of the author's emotions of doubt, angst, confusion, and healing beca ...more
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When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are often broken. But faith doesn’t have to be.

In Unbroken Faith, Dianne Dokko Kim comes alongside you as a fellow special needs parent to help you reconcile the premise of a good God with the devastating realities of raising a disabled child. 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
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