Ambushed by Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey

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If your household is like millions of others (22 million in the U.S. alone), you are on a journey. Like others on this journey, you probably feel ill-prepared, with no training, few skills, and a tentative heart for the challenges you face each day. If you are like millions of others, you are facing the stark reality of caregiving.

Author and experienced caregiver Shelly Beach has learned that caregiving is messy and costly--physically, emotionally, and financially--the hardest ...

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Overview

If your household is like millions of others (22 million in the U.S. alone), you are on a journey. Like others on this journey, you probably feel ill-prepared, with no training, few skills, and a tentative heart for the challenges you face each day. If you are like millions of others, you are facing the stark reality of caregiving.

Author and experienced caregiver Shelly Beach has learned that caregiving is messy and costly--physically, emotionally, and financially--the hardest work you will probably ever have to do. And yet Shelly has learned through her own experience that caregiving, with all of its demands, can also be a gift that changes your heart and transforms your life.

This is the book that every caregiver needs. It offers practical advice, Web sites, phone numbers, and wisdom from experts in the fields of geriatrics and family counseling. Most importantly, Shelly says, this book is intended "to draw you into the Word and to sensitize you to the work of the Spirit of God in your life. To make caregiving simply a task is a distortion of its purpose; rather, it is a divine appointment, a redemptive encounter, and an act of worship."

Writing out of her own experience and passion, Shelly guides you on this difficult journey and reminds you that you are not alone. God will meet you where you are and bear you up every step of the way.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572932425
  • Publisher: Discovery House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,429,956
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Shelly Beach is a freelance writer, public speaker, and author of Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers, It Is Well with My Soul, and 2008 Christy Award-winning novel, Hallie's Heart. She is the founder of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers' Workshop in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Shelly and her husband Dan, have two children and live in Sparta, Michigan.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgements

 1  Dipping Your Hand in the Mason Jar: Expectations and Realities of the Caregiving Journey
 2  Why Kum-Bah-Yah Is Not Enough: Imperatives of the Double-Love Command
 3  A Man Named Fred and the Power of Story: Seeing Your Loved One through New Eyes
 4  Putting the Samsonite in Satan's Hand: Unleasing the Power of Forgiveness
 5  Meeting Marie in the Mirror: Facing the Realities of the Heart and the Tongue
 6  Pulling Out the Family Refrigerator: Dealing with Guilt and Grime
 7  Dancing on Fences: Building Boundaries
 8  Swapping Thimbles for a Mack Truck: Learning to be Grace Dumpers
 9  Caregiving and Patching Our Pumps: Cultivating a Spirit of Joy
10 Surviving the Landing: Jesus' Lessons for Long-Haul Caregiving
11 Epilogue: The Gift of Growing Up

Afterword

Appendix 1: Practical Help for the Caregiver Resource List
Appendix 2: Should Your Parent Move In with You?
Appendix 3: Tips for Assessing and Addressing Caregiver Burnout
Appendix 4: Tips for Phone Conversations
Appendix 5: A Caregiver's Starter List of Helpful Tasks
Appendix 6: Ten Tips for Long-Distance Caregiving
Appendix 7: Tips for Improving Communication with Elderly Loved Ones
Appendix 8: Suggestions for Creating Shared Stories with Your Loved Ones
Appendix 9: Tips for Communicating with People with Dementias
Appendix 10: Suggestions for Decision-Making and Compromise
Appendix 11: Vital Information for Caregivers' Ready Reference
Appendix 12: Suggestions for Assessing Your Parent's Driving
Appendix 13: Suggestions for Overseeing Your Parents' Finances
Appendix 14: Grace and Becoming an Elder

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  • Posted February 17, 2009

    Serious Book with a Light Touch

    Shelly Beach knows how to infuse humor into a difficult topic - caring for aging parents. You will laugh and you might cry as you read about what most of us will face at some point in our lives. "Ambushed By Grace" is a delightful blend of what you need to know and helpful hints along with an inspiring personal touch. A must read for all who care about their parents.

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