Resource Corner: An Insightful Surprise and Two Delights for Kids

Claire Krantz is back this month to share a new Resource Corner. She’s offering reviews, ideas and recommendations about books, music and movies of interest to special needs families. Claire recently pulled some books from Walk Right In Ministries’ Lending Library and found some surprises for herself and the Church as well as a couple of favorites for kids.

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Mental Health and the Church

As I’ve been reflecting on this book and thumbing through the borrowed pages, I am struck by the enormous dream Dr. Grcevich invites us to envision with him. In being trained in general and child psychiatry, Dr. Grcevich stands in the gap for the families he treats as well as the church he serves.

I thought the medical jargon and statistics would be too much for me but they complemented each other nicely and seemed much less intimidating since they were spread throughout each chapter. While sharing but not focusing on those things, Dr. Grcevich shows his heart and longing for what the Kingdom could look like on this side of Heaven.

Mental Health and the Church is a book to learn more about serving a community on both the large scale of the church but also a small scale in our homes as well. There were many things I could share with you but with the fear of becoming too long winded, I will leave you with this striking quote:

“Who might Jesus bring to faith if the people in your church resolve to work together to remove whatever obstacles are getting in the way for many of your friends and neighbors who need to experience Jesus?”

Dr. Stephen Grcevich, Mental Health and the Church

God’s Very Good Idea

Lisa recently bought this book for Carly at an Usborne Books online party and shared it with me. We were both intrigued and expectant by the premise — that all people are created by God with celebrated purpose. We assumed the story would represent people of different kinds and colors and hoped it would also represent people with special needs.

I just say, this book is so sweet! Trillia J. Newbell essentially shares the gospel through colorful and representative artwork. God’s Very Good Idea always comes true when He creates his children. Each and every one with purpose, on purpose.

My one thought upon finishing it was that I wish there was as much inclusive language as there was illustration. It would be easy enough though, while you’re reading with a child, to add your own narrative about more people God wants in His family. Adding specific diagnosis or characteristics would be a fun way to engage young and young at heart people.

The Jesus Storybook Bible

I’ll be the first to say that I tend to complicate the gospel but each and every story in this book is condensed and still has the depth and clarity of my own NIV bible. One of my favorite things that makes this bible different is that Jesus is the center and ending every time. Sally Lloyd-Jones has written The Jesus Storybook Bible to be simple.

Occasionally the pages are oriented from left to right but other require you to flip the book sideways. Small differences like that have kept me engaged and it is so fun to flip through. I sometimes get lost in the history and sheer length of the Old Testament but circling the story back around to God and the Rescue Plan makes things less daunting and much easier to understand.

Referencing this special book has been helpful to me when it’s my turn to share the Club Talk (devotions) as a leader with Young Life Capernaum. No matter what actual or developmental age a person may be, this Bible helps us all see Jesus’ presence throughout history, from the very beginning to the end of time.

Image of the Jesus Storybook Bible

Claire Krantz is a blogger, reader, hiker, camper, game-player, puzzle nut, music fan and general lover-of-people. She speaks in exclamations points — which is her friends’ way of saying she exudes cheer, encouragement, hope and fun. She grew up and lives in the Midwest where she is personally and professionally dedicated to living among friends of all abilities and celebrating God’s unique and purposeful design of every person. 

Follow more of Claire’s reading adventures on Instagram @readingwithcb.

Resource Corner: Highlights on Love, Loving and Good-byes

Walk Right In Ministries is excited to welcome guest blogger, Claire Krantz, who is launching our new Resource Corner. She’ll be sharing reviews, ideas and recommendations about books, music and movies of interest to special needs families. Today, Claire introduces herself and talks about resources that have caught her heart and attention this summer.

I (Claire) am a freelance writer and obsessive reader in the Twin Cities Metro area. Growing up in a small town with few things to do, my sisters and I would ride our bikes to the library across town every day to check out backpacks full of books (neither the frequency nor volume is hyperbole). 

My interest in books is less about what’s popular and more about what they might teach me. From the wonder of a magical land to how to be a better ally and advocate, my reading tastes span eras and genres.

Much of what I read and write flow out of a deep investment in accessibility and inclusion. My involvement in YoungLife Capernaum and work as a personal caregiver for an adult with developmental disabilities provide a unique lens through which I can see a book, no matter the subject. 

As a result of my diverse interests and experiences, I’ve become a reliable source for quirky and creative book reviews that make all types of literature fun and accessible. You can find me on Instagram @readingwithcb .

Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families

Jolene Philo takes Gary Chapman’s 5 Love Languages and sheds great insight, clarity, and ease in applying them to care for your family in Sharing Love Abundantly in Special Needs Families. Adapting the love languages (which are acts of service, gifts, quality time, (non-sexual) physical touch, and words of affirmation) to serve families with children with special needs seemed like common sense to me but I didn’t know how much I needed some things to be said, or rather read. We learn how to love spouses, self-advocate for our own care, support families closely and from afar, and understand that every child, diagnosis, and way to love is different. The partnership between Gary and Jolene talks about letting us off the hook when life gets overwhelming and explains ways to support others in simple terms. This is a book I find myself sharing snippets from and will continually turn to for guidance. My friends with special needs have taught me that disabilities are a gift and whether or not you can see them, they all are worth loving. My friends with special needs have reminded me that every person is worthy of love. Disabilities stretch our appreciation of how unique each person is and that loving each other well is a gift.”

Note: Watch Lisa’s interview with Jolene from the July 23rd episode of Real Talk Livestream.

God Only Knows

God Only Knows is one of my favorite songs! The first time I heard this song by For King & Country I instantly thought of my friends with special needs. Many feel lonely or misunderstood. I love them and I long to be with them when it is safe again. But regardless of my capacity to love and see them, our Father does it over and over and time again without tiring. There is a kind of love that God only knows. There is an eternal love that God only knows. I am reminded that Jesus is the only one who satisfies our souls and knows every single need whether we can communicate it or not. This song gives me rest. This song gives me peace. I pray that I remain moved to tears every time I hear this song.

The Goodbye Book

Grief is never easy or fun to talk about no matter the circumstance so when I saw The Goodbye Book by Todd Parr, I found myself pausing. Eye-catching, colorful, and sweetly illustrated, this book is full of simple words to explain complex emotions. Read aloud or alone, I think this book can help anyone process and identify what they really feel. 


Claire Krantz is a blogger, reader, hiker, camper, game-player, puzzle nut, music fan and general lover-of-people. She speaks in exclamations points — which is her friends’ way of saying she exudes cheer, encouragement, hope and fun. She grew up and lives in the Midwest where she is personally and professionally dedicated to living among friends of all abilities and celebrating God’s unique and purposeful design of every person.

Follow more of Claire’s reading adventures on Instagram @readingwithcb.