"I chose you to be her mom."
When faced with a diagnosis that says your child will never be "normal" or that he or she will always have "special needs," you don't feel chosen. You feel fearful, angry ... confused. Questions race through your mind:
Why did this happen?
What am I supposed to feel?
How do I raise this child?
What do I do now?
When doctors told Jen Forsthoff that her daughter had Down syndrome, her emotions swelled. And then, God spoke: "I chose you to be her mom."
Those words brought clarity and helped Jen see the privilege she'd been given--the honor of loving and caring for her precious daughter.
If you are the parent (or parent-to-be) of a special-needs child, you may feel lost, scared, hurt, angry, or confused. But know this: You are not alone. In Chosen for Charlie, you will find hope and encouragement for living with faith and finding the blessing in the most challenging circumstances. No, you are not alone. You are chosen.
"With Jen's thoughtful, provocative, and insightful reflections on the specific calling of the special needs of each child, you will be encouraged to find fresh hope in your personal journey." --Sue Detweiler, author of 9 Traits of a Life-Giving Mom
"Jen Forsthoff has given us a most compelling, compassionate, and transparent insight into her incredible journey of faith. This book is a God-given gift that speaks to the heart " --Kemp Holden, chairman, Worldwide Evangelism
"Chosen for Charlie is a tremendous resource for every parent, grandparent, or anyone chosen to love and care for a special-needs child." --Becky Thompson, author of Hope Unfolding