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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 this book. Dare to love and nurture the "different" one in your life.

©2016 Sally Clarkson and Nathan Clarkson (P)2017 Tantor

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"Reading the unique perspectives of both mother and child is powerful. Moreover, the love that flows throughout this book makes even the most difficult experiences hope-filled and encouraging. I cannot recommend Different enough!" (Shawna Wingert, author of Everyday Autism)

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"Wow! Thank you Jesus"

That was the first phrase I uttered out loud within the first several minutes of this book! I am only 4 chapters into this book and I do not want to put it down. I find myself laughing with hearing Nathan's thoughts as he replays memories as if I hear our own son's voice saying it. He shows a different side that we hadn't realized was going on from his perspective that our son likely feels but cannot express yet. The love for God and his unique purpose that Sally & Clay cultured in Nathan is what we strive for in our own children but can quickly get lost in the daily struggles of special children. I'm excited to finish this and have already started implementing some strategies that helped this family. I feel renewed joy and peace looking at our "different" son with new eyes. I'm sure I will be reading this now than once as we walk this special journey and would suggest this to any other parent who may feel exasperated and benefit from the reminder of how special each of us are made in the perfection of our Creator.

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A healing balm to this momma

This book was a much needed encouragement to me a momma of two. One of which has epilepsy and, as a result of the epilepsy and medications, has a slow processing issue. He struggles with many things that others his age don’t always understand and many things brought on by the medications he has to take to slow down the almost daily seizures. I was able to relate with both Sally and Nathan on a personal level, sometimes bringing me to tears. Even though the diagnosis is different the feelings and struggles are very much the same. Thank you for bearing your personal struggles to encourage and minister to others!!!

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  • 06-26-21

Encouraged

This momma of 3 out of the box kids was so encouraged to hear the stories from Nathan and Sally. I feel I have hope and ideas for helping my babies.

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Wonderful, encouraging, helpful

I am so glad that Sally and Nathan were willing to tell this story of struggle and God's faithfulness and the victory that came at the end of all of those years of pain!

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Absolutely loved!

This book is simply fantastic.
Both Sally’s (mom) and Nathan’s (son) perspectives are wonderful to see side by side. Sally’s perspective on ways to raise, encourage, love, and train our “out of the box” children in the love of God while embracing their personalities and understanding their struggles is beautifully written.
Nathan opening his heart to the realities of living with struggles of OCD, ADHD, ODD etc show how so many of us “out of the box” kids and people have felt for years.
The truths of God’s love, God’s compassion, God’s support are interwoven so beautifully throughout their whole story. It shows just how great our God is even in the midst of our earthly struggles of all variations.

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Good Concept, Too wordy

While I appreciate and was drawn to this story because I have several children with similar, diagnosed disabilities and am a certified special education teacher, the book rambled on quite a bit past its 3-4, truly useful points. A one-sheet outline of these couple concepts would be sufficient and equally helpful.

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Such an encouragement!

Sally and Nathan's story was an inspiration and encouragement! I have hope to continue on with my child who is different!

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The best parenting book I've ever read

This is the most helpful, heartfelt parenting book I've ever read. Such a powerful story.

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if you have a unique, different, child

I loved this book - it was like talking to two friends who could encourage me. They have lived it and I am just starting this journey.

I will say that Nathan's narration was not my favorite - it was hard to listen to him read it. But the message was great and I appreciate him sharing.

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Outstanding

Absolutely loved this book. My life as a Mom in a nutshell. It was nice to see I am not alone in my struggles of dealing with a special needs child.

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  • 11-28-17

good reminder

loved this book it reminds u that all the little things u do for ur children will not be wasted

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  • 01-31-21

made me feel less alone <3

lovely, honest and insightful book. I thought it was very effective hearing both nathan and his mothers account and experience of Nathan's challenges growing up and in the end I felt inspired and proud of them both x

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  • Karen
  • 11-21-18

Not for me

This book pushes very strong Christian beliefs on the reader. Would not recommend reading as any form of self help or self exploration due to this, and definitely wouldn't recommend to anyone vulnerable or impressionable. The book wasn't what it said on the tin, it gave an interesting outlook and good advice at points, it's great that they've done it, I just wish the biblical content had been omitted

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  • Getanya Swales
  • 06-26-18

my point of view

in the sample I sounded very interesting as I have both dyslexia and mild ocd. as I found Nathins side interesting (I'de liked more) I struggled to listen to his mom as it was alot of Christian stuff & conflicting herself.
but thanks for sharing your story.

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  • 03-10-19

Not what expected

Bought this book to be able to relate to a similar adhd story however couldn’t get past the constant references toward ‘god’ and ‘jesus’ so therefore completely lost the concept of the stories... lucky I could return it!!!