“Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him,” by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson

I recently had the chance to read Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him, by Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson. This nonfiction book was published on January 24, 2017, by Tyndale House.

About this book (from the back cover):

Nathan was different and Sally knew it.
From his early childhood, Nathan was bursting with creativity and uncontainable energy, struggling not only with learning issues but also with anxiety and OCD. He saw the world through his own unique lens―one that often caused him to be labeled as “bad,” “troubled,” or someone in need of “fixing.”

Bravely choosing to listen to her motherly intuition rather than the loud voices of the world, Sally dared to believe that Nathan’s differences could be part of an intentional design from a loving Creator with a plan for his life. She trusted that the things that made him different were the very things that could make him great.

Join Sally and Nathan as they share their stories from a personal perspective as mother and son. If you are in need of help and hope in your own journey with an outside-the-box child, or if you’re an adult trying to make sense of your differences, you’ll find deep insight, resonance, and encouragement in the pages of this book. Dare to love and nurture the “different” one in your life.


Final Verdict:

I requested this book because I have loved Sally’s books, and because I was curious to read about how she raised Nathan, who struggles with OCD, ADHD, and other differences. This book did not disappoint. While I am grateful that currently I don’t have children who are struggling with being differently-abled, reading this story from both Sally’s and Nathan’s points-of-view helped give me insight into what such a struggle might look like. It also gave me insight into what life may have been like for my mother as she raised two ADD children. I especially loved reading how home became a place of safety and rest when the outside world was too threatening, and how having this safe space allowed Nathan to eventually, slowly, manage his differences on his own so he could live more and more independently as an adult.

 If you’d like to check out Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him, it is currently available for $9.99 for the Kindle version. If you prefer a physical copy the paperback version is currently on sale for $11.25. Remember, Amazon’s prices can change at any time.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. This site is an Amazon affiliate, and purchases made through Amazon links (including linked book covers) may result in my receiving a small commission (at no additional cost to you). I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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