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Best Children’s book Ever Crippled Lamb

I have mentioned in several of my posts that I have a son who has special needs.  If you have a special needs child,  Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado is for your family.  

Caleb, our special needs son, has had 17 brain surgeries.  He has cerebral palsy, seizures, selective mutism, processing problems, and more.  His name is Caleb, and he is currently 18 years old.  This sweet boy is the glue that sticks our family together.  He is always putting his right arm, his left side has Cerebral Palsy, around our necks.  Caleb consistently gives us hugs with every move we make.  Caleb is a man of few words but tells us often with his eyes and his hugs how much he loves us all. 

Our family knows that God has a special plan for Caleb just like Max Lucado wrote in The Crippled Lamb.  This book is over 18 years old.  You can tell our copy is that old with just a glispe of the pages.  It has often been read.  Every year on Christmas Eve, each member of our family picks out their favorite Christian Children’s Book to read.  We usually sit around the fireplace with hot cocoa and take turns reading our books.  

Now that my kids are all teenagers, we still enjoy this activity.  Everyone knows that The Crippled Lamb is my book.  I don’t know why I try to read it because usually the tears are flowing so hard no one can understand what I am saying.  I get so emotional just thinking that God does have a unique plan for our little crippled lamb.  There is a reason he will not graduate from high school, drive a car, get married, have children or grandchildren, etc.  God’s plan is perfect.  We would have missed out on all the love that God gives us through Caleb if Caleb were not our crippled lamb.

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In this great story, it is the night Jesus was born.   Because Joshua, The Crippled Lamb, could not keep up with the other lambs, he is the only one left in the barn to keep Jesus warm.  It is truly a heart-warming and beautiful story!

If you have not read The Crippled Lamb, please read it with your children, especially if you have a child who has special needs.  Max Lucado, thank you from the bottom of my heart for my all time favorite children’s book.

Jeremiah 29:11 New International Version – God does have a special plan for all of us, including our special needs children.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and future.”

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18 thoughts on “Best Children’s book Ever Crippled Lamb”

  1. Thank you for sharing about your son! We have owned that book for years and it is one of our favorites! My niece at almost four reads it every time she is here. She even calls her cat “Joshua, her sheep.”

    Merry Christmas to your family!

    • Michelle,

      I was excited to hear about how much your niece love to read The Crippled Lamb. Make sure you tell her it is my favorite book. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Thank you so much for stopping by.

      Blessings Always,
      Diane Roark

  2. Diane, I have a special needs child that is 31. He is developmentally delayed, and he is challenging, at times, but he has the biggest heart of all in our family. I love him dearly, and he will probably allways live with my husband and me. I have learned through all of my son’s Special Olympics events, his schooling, etc. that special means just that — they all have something special to give! Merry Christmas, Diane, and may you and your family have a lovely Christmas celebration!
    hugs, Debbie

    • Debbie,

      I loved reading your message. It brought tears to my eyes. We both have a very special and even challenging at times child. They probably could not live without us but more than that we could not live without all the love that they give us. God knew what he was doing when He gave us someone that would love us unconditionally for our entire lives.
      Give your son hugs for me.
      Diane Roark

  3. Dear Diane,
    Wishing you and your family a very Blessed and Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year. I read my first Max Lucado book this week titled The Christmas Candle. It was good as well. Apparently they made a movie of it which is out this season although it is only in limited locations. It is getting very good reviews.
    Patricia Adolph

  4. I did know a little bit about Caleb from visiting your blog daily, but was definitely crying reading your words here. Thank you for sharing and will totally have to look into this book now. Merry Christmas Diane to you and your family!! 🙂

    • Janine,

      I hope you get a chance to check out this book. It really is a keeper!! Thank you again for your kind words and all your support!

      Blessing and have a great Christmas Eve!!
      Diane Roark

  5. Thanks for this beautiful story! Have not read it but will surely get the book!
    Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a joyous and prosperous
    New Year!!!


    • Bobby,

      I truly appreciate you stopping by this morning and leaving me a message. I was excited to see your name. The Crippled Lamb really is a great book that gives everyone hope that God is in control. He has a plan for all of us. We just have to have faith and humble ourselves.

      I pray you have a Wonderful Christmas!!
      Diane Roark

    • Joan,

      I hope you know that your message really encouraged me this morning. This is one of my favorite posts because I have to believe that God has a plan for all of us. Life can be extremely difficult. We have to have hope.
      I pray that God will bless you this year.
      I am planning for next year 2014 and would love to hear what kind of recipes you would like for me to post about. Crock-Pot recipes? Healthier recipes? Kid Friendly recipes? Easy Recipes? Pressure Cooker recipes? Casseroles? Skillet Dishes? Sandwiches? Or do you have another idea? Please leave me a comment and let me know.
      I would love for you to follow my blog for e-mail updates.

      Diane Roark

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