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Receiving David
The Gift of a Son Who Taught Us How to Live and Love
PAPERBACK; Published: 10/21/2010
ISBN: 978-0-8028-6543-4
176 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6x9
Available for Backorder
David Knol was born dangerously premature in 1982 and wasn't expected to live more than a few hours. Remarkably, he not only survived but also went on to live a life full of joy and blessing, despite severe physical and intellectual disabilities.

Now, years later, David's mother tells his story. Through touching anecdotes and poignant recollections, Faye Knol shares the lessons that David taught those around him during his twenty-two years, reminding all of us that one person -- even facing great obstacles -- can profoundly impact a family and a community. Warmth, laughter, pain, and passion shine through this mother's inspiring memoir about her son.

Watch an interview with Faye Knol

A n Unexpected Parenthood - Inner Compass from Cal vin College on Vimeo.

Read a blog post about the book on EerdWord.
Jean Vanier
— L'Arche International
"Receiving David is a precious book. It reveals how a child and then a young adult with a severe disability, far from being a problem, becomes a healer and a teacher. This is a book for all parents and for all professionals."
Books & Culture
"In the aftermath of David's death, far from feeling 'relieved' from the burden of two decades spent in intense, daily care of her son, Knol mourns his passing. And yet this book is ultimately a celebration of his life and the legacy he left to his family, friends, and community. "
Nicholas Wolterstorff
— author of Lament for a Son
"This story of receiving and losing David, and of how he loved and lived with his strong spirit in his frail body, gets into your soul and stays there. It's a gift, universal in its intense particularity."
Jeni Stepanek
— author of Messenger: The Legacy of Mattie J. T. Stepanek and Heartsongs
"In Receiving David Faye Knol shares a journey filled with the triumphant and tragic truths that few — though sadly too many parents and family members — have experienced. As insights about receiving, protecting, letting go, redefining, and remembering her son's life story fill these pages, readers learn not only about a remarkable young man and his family but also about how and why the value of any life story is best measured by attributes of depth and love rather than by length and intellect. Every child's life holds a story worth telling, and the journey shared in this book is one worth reading."
John Swinton
— author of Raging with Compassion: Pastoral Responses to the Problem of Evil
"If you have ever wondered what love looks like, this book is a good place to begin to find out. . . David brought new understanding of the meaning of love to his family; his story will challenge, unsettle, and inspire readers to see the world differently — and perhaps see the providential significance of human disability. . . An excellent book. Very powerful."
Amy Laura Hall
— author of Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction
"Goodness, what a story! What a beautiful, true writer Faye Knol is. This hazelnut of a book is honest, not sugarcoated. Knol conveys the daily tensions as well as the glimmering miracles that land in this family. Her prose is crystal clear, like carefully cut glass. Perhaps most striking in her story, and most compelling, is the crucial, continued support of friends, grandparents, fellow church members, and neighbors. David's life was a blessing and also a work of love for a team. Read this book in a group, and pray for such work to come your way."
Marva Dawn
— author of Being Well When We Are Ill and Joy in Our Weakness
"Now you have the opportunity to receive David too — and he will change your life, if you let him, by all he will teach you. Bless God for the depth of spiritual Joy the Knol family is passing on through this book! Thank God for the myriads of beautiful gifts that David's affectionate spirit and intimate friendships offer to us still!"
Nella Uitvlugt
— executive director of Friendship Ministries
"Faye Knol writes with incredible honesty, love, and clarity, vividly describing David in all his uniqueness. David's road to heaven as experienced through his family's eyes is something not to be missed. . . He was a model of God's grace to all of us."