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Summary

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

Critic reviews

"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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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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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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  • Sue Denny
  • 11-05-18

Inspirational

This is a wonderful book. It is so encouraging and uplifting, focusing on what can at times be a discouraging situation. It is written in such a very open, honest and personal way, that you can “feel” what the author “feels”. I gained so much insight.
I enjoyed the way it is written from Nathan’s (the son) perspective and then the same event or time period from Sally’s (the mom) perspective. Read this book if have anyone in your life who is different, or even if you don’t. You will not be disappointed.

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  • ccher2378
  • 10-05-18

truly inspiring story

I must read by parents of special-needs and especially teachers!!! inspiring and uplifting! loved it!

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  • Craig M.
  • 25-04-18

Fantastic!

My wife and I loved those book. Powerful and encouraging. Taught us both a lot!

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  • Kristy
  • 21-01-18

Wonderful story

Glad to have this book in my library. As a mom/wife to those who are different, life can feel overwhelming and exhausting. Sally’s and Nathan’s stories are so helpful because they give two beautiful perspectives.

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  • Anna
  • 05-12-17

Encouraging as a Special Needs Mom

I enjoyed the telling of both Sally and Nathan's perspectives. It was helpful to me as a Christian mom with autistic and dyslexic children.

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  • DisneySkier
  • 08-11-17

Encouraging!

This is just the encouragement that I needed for dealing with the daily challenges of different children . I appreciate that it's also a realistic story, no tricks, just learning to love one another as we are image bearers of our Creator. I will no doubt listen to it again. Thanks!

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  • Dottie
  • 15-10-17

Like no other

Loved it. Perfectly narrated. Challenging, educational, instructive, heart warming, personal, deep, heroic, touching, very moving!!

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  • Dawn Behm
  • 13-07-17

Inspiring, authentic and affirming

As a young mom I found Sally and Clay Clarkson's books so helpful along my young family's path. Wholehearted Parenting and their homeschool ideas served me well as I navigated the early homeschool years with my "different" boy. I had no idea at the time how truly similar Sally and I were or how very much alike my sweet boy and her Nathan were wired. A decade later when this book crossed my Facebook feed I knew I would want to read it. It took a year before I made time to listen and as Nathan shared about himself in the intro I burst into tears. He was describing my son, who was deeply struggling with almost identical issues. Over and over as they shared I found myself related to Sally in a way only another mother of a different boy could. I burst into tears multiple times--tears of having words put to our story, of affirmation for choices we've made for our family along the way that others may not understand, of hope for my 16 year olds' future. Of gratitude for their openness in sharing things that so often carry such stigma. Nathan and Sally, I am so grateful to you for your sharing. I know all of us are different and these differences cause us to dig deep, live bigger, judge less and hold space and hope and faith more. Thank you for being our voice in what can be a very lonely, misunderstood, confusing path.

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  • Mindy Nave
  • 17-06-17

Wow. What a book!!!

I understand my grandon better now. TY for this book. it is Wesone and enjoyable.

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  • 28-05-17

Practical Encouragement

Listening to a grown up son who struggles with OCD and ADHD gave me hope for the future. I like that it is not a set of how tos as much as encouragement to keep on and that there is hope when you are struggling with fear that comes from being different. Sally was transparent about her struggles but has also found peace and victory along the way.