Winner of the 2016 TGC (The Gospel Coalition) Book Prize for Best Christian Living Book

Sometimes you end up living the life you never expected. When Andrew and Rachel found out that one, and then both, of their children had severe autism, their world was turned on its head.

This is a book about surviving, and thriving, when something goes horribly wrong. It is a mixture of their story and God’s story, and the way in which his has shaped theirs. With clarity and biblical insight, they share their experience of grief and worship, struggle and hope. As well as reflecting on the specific challenges of raising children with special needs, they speak to broader questions as well: the problem of suffering, building a marriage under pressure, fighting for joy and trusting in the goodness of God.

This is not just a book for families and friends of special needs children, but for all who have been thrown a curve ball in life, and need to know how to lament, worship, pray and hope.


“The authors write with disarming honesty and humour. In style their story is engaging and warm; in effect it is challenging. They offer practical and spiritual wisdom that gives help and hope to parents and families of autistic children but also to others whose lives have taken unexpected turns. Connections to my own story mean I have laughed and cried, but above all, I have celebrated the Christian gospel all over again.” — Debra Reid, Tutor at Spurgeon’s College, London (and mother of an adult autistic son)

“I have no idea how these hard-pressed parents found the time and energy to write this book, but I’m very glad they did. Here is a thoughtful and thought-provoking book which explores that important place where faith meets suffering. This well-written resource is full of kindness, humour and honesty. Although it will be helpful to parents of special needs children, there is wisdom here for anybody with trouble on their hands” —Dr Emily Ackerman, author of ‘Time to Care’ and ‘The Amazing Technicolour Pyjama Therapy’

“This is a poignant and delightfully forthright book, written by parents who are still clearly raw from their experiences. You’ll find nothing glib or ivory tower here: here is hard-earned wisdom, biblical realism and winning sensitivity. Recommended for all in the throes of suffering, and for all who would comfort them.” —Michael Reeves, Director of Union and Senior Lecturer, Wales Evangelical School of Theology




Andrew and Rachel Wilson are part of the leadership team at King’s Church, Eastbourne, UK, and parents to Zeke and Anna.



The Life You Never Expected is published by Inter-Varsity Press and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE




Our audiobooks download as zipped files (due to their size and for your convenience). Once unzipped you will find all of the mp3 files for your audiobook named, and in correct file order.  Due to the way Apple has designed iOS, iPhones and iPads don’t recognise these zip files automatically (unlike Android devices).  So, if you buy one of our titles via your iPhone or iPad, there are two ways to find and listen to your files:

[1] Download for FREE iZip for iOS – then download the audiobook using the link provided either on the webpage or the email we sent you. After the file has downloaded click on the Open With option and choose iZip. The app will open and ask if you want it to unzip all the files, say yes. A minute or so later you will have a list of mp3 files in order, and you just need to tap on the one you want to play and it will start playing in the Audioplayer. You can easily play, pause, jump forward or back.

[2] Slightly easier – download the zip file to your PC or MAC, unzip it to a folder you know the location of (such as your Music or Documents folder), then use iTunes to transfer the files in the same way you would a music album.

We hope you enjoy your audiobook and come back for more soon!


Andrew & Rachel Wilson


Billie Fulford-Brown & Neil Gardner


Neil Gardner



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