Thursday, June 9, 2011

(dis)Abilities and the Gospel review!

My son has Autism and I have been waiting very impatiently for this book!  Since Danyelle and I have been friends for awhile, I knew about the book and could not wait for it to get published and get my own hard copy!  Hurray for two great coauthors and Cedar Fort!

About the book

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.

My Thoughts
I completely LOVE this book!  I think there should be at least one in every stake and ward building to have as a reference!  It's perfect for parents, teachers, leaders equally!  It even helps for not only those with (dis)abilities but those that are "typical."  Fantastic!  I like the short chapters with tons of information and the way the coauthors work together to talk in their forte.  They even have PECS pictures that you can access on their websites!  This book covers Church classes, Cub and Boy Scouts, Baptism, Youth Conference and Activities, Priesthood, Seminary, Temple Trips, Going on a mission, Church callings, Home and Visiting Teaching, Mental Illness, Sunday prep for families, Prayer, Scripture study, Family Home Evening, Finding humor, Time outs for Adults, Strengthening your marriage, building parent-child relationships, sibling relationships, holidays, and includes stories to put things into perspective!  Seriously, the gamut is in this book!  These are some knowledgeable women and I am so glad I got this book!

About the Authors
Danyelle Ferguson and Lynn Parsons, M.S. are the coauthors of this awesome book!
Danyelle Ferguson is a wife, mom, book editor, reviewer, and writer. She keeps busy raising four angels-in-training, the oldest of which has Autism. She and her husband, John, co-founded a non-profit organization, called Friends of GIANT Steps, which raises money to supplement an Autism preschool in Orem, UT. Danyelle has been active in the Autism community for over eight years, during which time she learned that prayer and a sense of humor are the keys to not only enduring but enjoying the special needs journey.

Danyelle discovered her love for the written word in elementary school. Her first article was published in the Lock Haven Express when she was in 6th grade. During high school, she placed runner up in the Pennsylvania School of Excellence for Arts program, specializing in creative writing. Since then, she's won several awards for her poetry, short stories, articles, and other writings. Her work has been published in newspapers, school journals, and online. Some of her short stories appear in the book Mormon Mishaps and Mischief: Hilarious Stories for Saints by Cindy Beck and Nichole Giles. Her book, (dis)Abilities and the Gospel, will be published in May 2011 through Cedar Fort Publishing. Danyelle served as Treasurer for the League of Utah Writers - Utah Valley Chapter. She's a member of AuthorsIncognito, Super Edits critique group, and meets weekly with her local writers group. She is also a member of the Whitney Awards Committee.
Danyelle grew up surrounded by the beautiful Allegheny Mountains in Pennsylvania. Then she lived for ten years among the majestic Wasatch Mountains. She is currently experiencing mountain-withdrawal while living in Kansas with her husband and family. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing and singing in the kitchen, and the occasional long bubble bath to relax from the everyday stress of being “Mommy.”

Lynn Parsons, M.S., is a wife, mother, grandmother, educational diagnostician, and writer.  She entered the field of special education because two of her four children have special needs.  Lynn grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area but now calls Texas home.  She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and needlework.  Lynn continues to seek out and develop innovative methods for teaching children with special needs.

Where can you get this book?

I knew you would ask!  Because even if you're not buying one for yourself, you should absolutely encourage your Bishop to find money in his budget.  You can buy them at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Deseret Book, and on Goodreads.  Awesome, right?


Enter to win one of two $25 Amazon gift cards and a free 20 minute consultation with Danyelle! You can ask her about parenting, church surivival, adapting lessons - or even about writing and publishing. Two names will be drawn on June 30th & July 22nd. Each drawing will include 1 winner of a $25 Amazon gift card and free consultation; and a second winner of a free consultation. Winners will be announced on There are many ways to enter. You must leave a comment on the reviewer’s blog letting us know what you’ve done. Please include your email address.

1 Point Each:
- Leave a thoughtful comment about the blogger’s review.
- Add the book to your “to-read” list on GoodReads
- Follow the reviewer’s blog
- Follow Danyelle’s blog
- Follow Lynn’s blog
- Follow Danyelle on FB
- Follow Lynn on FB
- Follow Danyelle on Twitter @DanyelleTweets
- Follow Lynn on Twitter @ParsonsLynn

2 Points Each:
- Tell your friends about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel on Facebook with a person links to Danyelle Ferguson & Lynn Parsons
- Tell your friends about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel on Twitter with links to @DanyelleTweets

5 Points:
- Interview Danyelle or Lynn for your blog or write a blog post about why you’re excited about (dis)Abilities and the Gospel. Be sure to leave a direct link to your post in your comment so we can visit and say hello!

See the other stops on the Blog Tour!
June 2nd - Christine Bryant @ Day Dreamer
June 7th - Tristi Pinkston
June 9th - Tamera Westhoff (me)
June 14th - Ashlee @ Topsy Turvy Cakes
June 17th - Heather Justesen
June 23rd - Rebecca Talley
June 27th - Don Carey
July 6th - Danette @ Everyday Adventures
July 8th - Sheila Staley @ LDS Women's Book Review
Sheila Staley @ Why Not? Because I Said So!
July 11th - Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
July 13th - Jessica @ Fringies
July 15th - Heather @ Fire and Ice by Little Red Reads
July 18th - Nichole Giles @ Star Crossed Book Reviews

*This review is solely my own opinion.  I bought this book and was not compensated in ANY way for this review!*

1 comment:

  1. Tamera - I absolutely love your enthusiasm! Thank you for such a glowing review!