Common man, extraordinary call: Thriving as the dad of a child with special needs

Reviewed by: Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long time book discussion leader



Book or Media Title:

Common man, extraordinary call: Thriving as the dad of a child with special needs

Author or Producer:

Jeff Davidson with Becky Davidson

Publisher or Studio:

Kregel Publications

Publication or Release Date:


Format (i.e., print book, ebook, CD, DVD, movie, TV show, YouTube video, etc.):


Length (i.e., 350 pages, 1 hour 45 minutes, etc.):

202 pages


Jeff Davidson and his wife, Becky, are the parents of a young man with cerebral palsy and autism. Jeff describes his initial feelings of failure and sadness when they realize their child has special needs. He takes the readers through the good times and bad times and allows us to see him at his worst. Then he takes us on a journey of self-discovery and joy in his son and the life the Lord has planned for them. He gives wonderful Scriptural advice to any father of a child with special needs but also to any father, actually to any parent. His advice is down to earth, practical, very clearly spelled out and always with compassion. He uses military words and descriptions such as being drafted, basic training, surviving civilian assault, etc. which only enhances what he has to say.

Jeff was no stranger to pain as he suffered from various physical illnesses that ultimately led to his death in 2017 at the age of 50. His wife Becky has continued their work of encouraging families and building endurance in them for the path ahead. This book is highly recommended.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Particularly fathers of children with special needs but truly any father or parent would benefit from this book.

Christian Impact:

If a father would take to heart all that Jeff Davidson presents in his book, it would change that man and that family for the Lord in an immense way.

Other Notes (Optional):

Includes an afterword, a study guide, useful tools and resources and notes.



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Common Man, Extraordinary Call: Thriving as the Dad of a Child with Special Needs

About Ceil Carey

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One Response to “Common man, extraordinary call: Thriving as the dad of a child with special needs”

  1. Do you think this book would be received well by a non-Christian dad of a daughter with non-verbal autism, cerebral palsy and a variety of other health issues? I’d get it for my nephew if it would be suitable. Thanks!

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