Finding Joy in the Hard Places with Autism: A Conversation with Jill and Paul Miller
Paul and Jill Miller welcomed their sixth child, daughter Kim, into their home in 1982. It became apparent at a young age that Kim was behind in her developmental milestones. Kim was also non verbal. Due to these factors, Kim was diagnosed as having autism, a diagnosis that was just beginning to be recognized by doctors. Kim’s diagnosis not only created enormous stress on their family, but also isolated Jill as she learned how to parent their precious child. In this remarkable conversation, Paul and Jill take us back to those early days and how Kim’s life has taught them life-changing spiritual truths and led them to fall deeper in love with Jesus.
Paul is an author of numerous books, including A Praying Life and A Loving Life. He is also the Executive Director of seeJesus, a global discipleship ministry which he founded in 1999 to help Christians and non-Christians alike “see Jesus.” Since that time, Paul has taught more than 100 seminars, written a dozen interactive Bible studies, and released three books focused on seeJesus’ core themes: the person of Jesus, love, and prayer. Jill, Paul's wife, has her own list of amazing accomplishments: including starting businesses and writing curriculum, and is known for her sense of humor and faith. Despite all of their amazing accomplishments that offer help and hope to hurting people, their most valued accomplishment is raising their six children and enjoying life as grandparents to 12 grandchildren.
Books by Paul Miller
"When you stop trying to control your life and instead allow your anxieties and problems to bring you to God in prayer, you shift from worry to watching. You watch God weave his patterns in the story of your life. Instead of trying to be out front, designing your life, you realize you are inside God’s drama. As you wait, you begin to see him work, and your life begins to sparkle with wonder. You are learning to trust again," (A Praying Life, Page 60)