Reviewed by Susan E. Richardson
Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child
By Boris Vujicic
Dreams shatter when parents face the reality of a child born with physical or mental challenges. Faith rattles as questions rise from the shock and guilt kicks in. Parents feel alone and unsure of where to look for support.
Boris Vujicic knows the upheaval well. He and his wife, Dushka, had no warning that their son, Nick, would be born without limbs. In Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child, he candidly shares their journey from doubt to hope while raising Nick along with his brother and sister. He lets readers see emotions and offers practical advice through the process.
While the practical advice is solid and helpful, readers may find more comfort from some of the myths that Vujicic explodes, especially that of the “super parents.” He and his wife are an ordinary couple who simply did what they had to do for their son. In that process, they learned that God’s definition of perfect and ours aren’t the same. All children are “fearfully and wonderfully made.” He recommends that parents disregard labels that may limit their children, freeing them to be the person God created them to be.
Raising the Perfectly Imperfect Child will encourage anyone connected with a family that includes the unexpected gift of a child the world sees as different. Read it for your own inspiration or share a copy with someone living out the daily challenge of the “perfectly imperfect child” wherever they are in their parenting journey.