Wrapping Up March Madness

Basketball lovers everywhere live for March Madness. I don't follow basketball, but I certainly related to the theme "March Madness!" This past month has been filled with so many unexpected blips and bumps in the road. I'm so ready to see the month end and begin with a fresh with the flip of the calendar page.

Once April hits, promotion for my book will begin in earnest. I can't believe there's only a little over a month left before (dis)Abilities and the Gospel will be released! My editor emailed to let me know they reviewed the printed proof, said it looked fabulous, and the first print run was sent to the printer. She also sent the final full book cover with the back blurb and endorsements. Isn't it awesome?

I think you can click on the picture and enlarge it to read the back copy, but if not, this is what it says:

Each day, parents and church leaders struggle to teach individuals with special needs. Using helpful information, real-life stories, and a touch of humor, (dis)Abilities and the Gospel provides ways for you to effectively teach people of all ages with autism, Down syndrome, bipolar disorder, memory loss, and other disabilities.
Inside this useful guide, you’ll find
• Guidance for building strong family relationships
• Steps to teaching prayer and scripture study
• Practical and creative teaching tips
• Programs to help with transitions, communication barriers, and behaviors
• Techniques to help others feel welcome and valued

Find the answers you need and overcome the challenges of teaching the gospel. (dis)Abilities and the Gospel will help you develop each person’s ability to learn and grow as you build peace in your home or classroom.

(dis)Abilities and the Gospel is a resource that may be read, reread, and used many times. . . . The authors have beautifully woven the frustrations that so many people have experienced into an action-living plan to help children with special needs.
—Lloyd Kinnison, PhD. Texas Woman’s University, Special Education Department

This book is an unexpected and very welcome gift to the community of churches and their leaders. It addresses so many of the problems that children, young adults, and adults with disabilities face in church activities.
—Brenda Winegar, Early Interventionist/Cofounder, Kids on the Move

This has been an amazing five year journey. I know it doesn't end just because the book is finally out and available to help families and churches. My role is about to change to a new course - one that involves more public speaking, church trainings, and encouraging parents raising kids with special needs to find humor, love, and hope each day. What an incredible gift this has become for me and my family.

April is also Autism Awareness month. I will be running a special promotion, as well as blogging about my own experiences with Autism, reviewing some great techniques and tools for families and church leaders, as well as hosting some great giveaways. Be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, or my blog so you don't miss anything.

Happy end of March Madness, everyone!