(dis) Abilities and the Gospel: How to Bring People with Special Needs Closer to Christ
Authors: Danyelle Ferguson and Lynn Parsons, M.S.
Published Date: May 2011
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Softcover: 255 pages
FTC FYI: I received a free review copy that in no way influenced the review that was given.
Book Blurb & Endorsements:
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 A, 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, re
read, 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
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
I was Primary President for four years. During those years I had the opportunity to work with many children, many of those with special needs. There were children in our primary that were autistic and many with ADHD, including my own children. Being a teacher, I felt like I had a little bit of knowledge of how to help these children enjoy their experience at church. There wasn’t a lot of information available to help me and my counselors to know how to help these children at the time. So when I read the book, (dis) Abilities and the Gospel: How to Bring People with Special Needs Closer to Christ, I knew that this book was inspired. As I read the book, I was so excited to see how Danyelle and Lynn have provided so much information for those working with people that have special needs. The wonderful thing about this book is that even though it is written for people in the LDS church, the ideas will work for anyone of any religion.
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– Ashlee @ Topsy Turvy Cakes
– Danette @ Everyday Adventures
– Kathy @ I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
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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
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 ofMormon 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 Authors Incognito, Super Edits critique group,
and meets weekly with her local writers group. She was 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.”