Eat, Sleep, and Save the World with Jamie Sumner
You’re going to love this week’s interview with Jamie Sumner.
I remember the first time I sat in an evaluation with one of our soon-to-be adopted kids. There was a social worker, an occupational therapist, a speech therapist, and a preschool director. They were talking about evaluations, treatment plans, and schedules (with multiple therapies a week). I was completely overwhelmed. I listened, nodded, and took notes, but I felt like I was in a completely different world. If you have a child with special needs, you understand. That’s why I’m so thankful for today’s guest!
“There are a lot of parenting books in the world—both faith-based and not. However, there are very few Christian books for parents of children with special needs,” Jamie Sumner says. “My primary goal in writing Eat, Sleep, Save the World was to offer encouragement to families who feel exhausted, overwhelmed, and discouraged. These parents don’t need another how-to book. They need to feel supported. I used my own experience as a mother to my son, Charlie, who has cerebral palsy, as well as Scripture that has spoken to my heart, to hopefully reach the hearts of other parents like me.”
Who is Jamie Sumner?
Jamie Sumner has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, among many other publications. She is the author of the nonfiction book on motherhood, Unbound, and the middle-grade novel, Roll with It. She is also a mom to a son with cerebral palsy, and she writes and speaks about disability in literature. She loves stories that celebrate the grit and beauty in all kids. She and her family live in Nashville, Tennesee.
You can order Eat, Sleep, and Save the World HERE.
About the Book:
An encouraging and empowering read, Eat, Sleep, Save the World reminds every parent of a child with special needs that they are, in fact, superheroes.
Parenting is hard—for everyone. And it takes a lot of inner pep talk and prayer to be the kind of parent your child needs. Eat, Sleep, Save the World is the rallying voice for the parenting special needs community. It highlights the exceptional qualities God has gifted you with, so that you can take care of your exceptional children. It is a celebration, a hallelujah, a high five for what you are doing right. And it offers peace in God for what you feel you lack.
With a mixture of humor, honesty, and hope, Jamie Sumner brings comfort to other parents like herself who need to hear that God has made them more than capable to raise their special kids.
Walk It Out Scripture
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27 (NLT)
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