Jennifer Shaw Music August, 2011 Hello!
It's been a while since I have sent an update (sorry!) but it's for a good cause. I've been writing like mad all summer (and spring, and now fall, but who's counting?!) and my new book is nearly finished. It's called Life Not Typical: How Special Needs Parenting Changed My Faith and My Song. "Typical" is the word used in the special needs community for a child who is typically developing, or in other words, a child without special needs.
The book is a memoir about what we've been through with our son, Toby, and his struggle with Sensory Processing Disorder, as well as God's faithfulness during my dad's fatal illness and the launching of this music ministry. I really hope that it will encourage others who are in difficult circumstances to trust the Lord, and that it will be a great resource for parents who are seeking help for the own children. We've also included all kinds of material to that end such as interviews with therapists and checklists of signs of SPD or autism.
I am really getting excited about this book! The early feedback has been tremendously positive. We want you to be involved too! We held a contest to design the new book cover, and we'd love you to check out the designs. You can even leave us feedback and rank them if you'd like. We've posted the top designs here. Note that three of them are the same basic design but with some variation in color, and that the back cover text still needs to be edited, so don't worry if you see errors there. Some of the themes throughout the book are the beach and math, so you will see those in the designs. We'll be choosing a winner next week. Thanks - we'd love to hear what you think!
As for everything else that's been going on this summer, I just updated my blog, so you can check it out. We've been remodeling our porch into a new "official" office and there are also pictures and stories from the ministries we did this summer. We had a great time, and really watched God work!
I've been booking lots of ministry for the fall and winter and I would love to see you! If there's an event you're interested in having me in for, please contact us. We'd love to hear from you. You can also always email us back at this address with any comment, concern, or prayer request - we truly love to know what's going on with you!
Thanks so much, and I will be looking forward to sending another update letting you know when the book is here!
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