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Different

The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him
Length: 6 hrs and 17 mins
4 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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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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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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my point of view<br />

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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  • Elizabeth Chicoine
  • 17-05-19

"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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  • Katie
  • 28-04-19

Beautiful!

What a beautifully written book! I highly reccomend this for anyone who has a loved one with OCD or ADHD. Not only was this a great guide for me as a mother of a son with OCD and anxiety, but it also help me understand my husband with ADHD better. I am so grateful for this book and the work this family is doing.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-03-19

Needed this book for my “mama’s heart”

This book is exactly what I needed right now. I have been struggling with my son and this book brought some fresh air into the room.

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  • Jamie
  • 16-11-18

So much encouragement and insight

The stories shared in this book helped me to understand my own children and see their potential. I gained patience, compassion and a greater ability to nurture my “different” children.

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  • Kelley Pryor
  • 07-11-18

encouraging story

this was an awesome story that needed to be told and I needed to hear.

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  • JoLynn Elkins
  • 04-10-18

Encouragement and Hope

I will start in saying this book has value to any parent, not just those struggling with different needs. As the mama to an out-of-the-box son, this book was timely. My mama-heart has swelled with the encouragement, admonishment and conviction this book has provided. The Clarksons lay out a very accurate picture of living with mental needs- balancing faith and medicine, the frustration and the gifts that come with it. I am very grateful Nathan and Sally chose to bare so much personal information in order to give hope to those struggling.

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  • RPM
  • 21-09-18

this book describes my son's battle perfectly

Thank you Nathan so much for being willing to put your story out there. My son is already 17 years old and because of your book, I finally begin to understand my son and his battles. With God with us, my son and I now begin to have a battle plan to help him.

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  • Abbigail M Vaughn
  • 12-09-18

EVERYONE needs to read this

Thank you so much for opening up the conversation about mental illness and helping people gain a better understanding. As a parent of a “different” child, I’ve been recommending this book to everyone I come in contact with. Thank you so much for sharing your stories!!!

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  • KB
  • 07-06-18

Too much about God and religion

I was searching for help and stories about other people’s experiences with OCD but this book focuses on God and how God helped the family through this. When the mom spoke I felt like I was in church listening to a sermon. I appreciated Nathan’s story but not enough of his story came through with all this praying to God and God will love you no matter what, etc etc. Not at all what I was hoping for.

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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.