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Receiving David: The Gift of a Son Who Taught Us How to Live and Love
By Faye Knol

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2010)
We highly recommend this memoir about the life and death of David Knol, written by his mother with great tenderness and insight. A bonus for our readers is that David was a member of a Friendship group, and the book includes several references to his experiences there.

 

    G.L.U.E. Training Manual
    by Barbara Newman
    CLC Network (2009)
    This practical manual will guide you through a step-by-step process, equipping you with a spectrum of tools for doing "ministry with" rather than "ministry to" people with disabilities. You'll learn how to develop a Church Inclusion Action Plan, train a support team for a specific person with a disability, share the vision of G.L.U.E. with your congregation, and more. Excellent support for the program is also available.

      Same Lake, Different Boat: Coming Alongside People Touched by Disability
      by Stephanie O. Hubach
      P & R Press (2006)
      Employing both her experience as a mother of two sons, one of whom has Down syndrome, and her deep biblical understanding, Stephanie Hubach encourages readers to change the way they think and act when it comes to disability. After challenging common perceptions about disability, Hubach describes the lives of families touched by disability, and she presents creative ideas for churches who want to be more embracing of people with disabilities.

        Receiving the Gift of Friendship: Profound Disability, Theological Anthropology, and Ethics
        by Hans S. Reinders
        Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company (2008)
        Is it our ability to think and to act that makes us human?  What about people with profound intellectual disabilities?  As he explores questions like these, the author challenges common perceptions -- from dogmas of Christian churches to dogmas of academic disability studies.  He argues that while we've advanced equality in matters of rights and justice, too often we have not achieved friendship with people with profound disabilities.  As Reinders confronts barriers that remain in hearts and minds, he transforms the way we think about our common humanity.

          Autism & Alleluias
          by Kathleen Deyer Bolduc
          Judson Press (2010)
          In this collection of honest and insightful reflections about life with her son who has autism, the author invites us to walk alongside her as she turns to God with her difficult questions and with her moments of unexpected joy.

            Adam: God's Beloved
            by Henri Nouwen
            Orbis Books (1997)
            This is a must-read for Friendship leaders and mentors. The story of the author and his friend, Adam, explores the ways our friends help us to become more intimate with God. It also leads us to think more deeply about the mutuality we experience in our Friendship groups.

              Journal of Religion, Disability and Health
              edited by Hans Reinders
              Taylor & Francis Group
              Articles from many different sources provide the reader with perspectives on issues relating to people with intellectual disabilities. Discount pricing is available to members of AAIDD's Religion and Spirituality Division.