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Blending a family is far more messy and complicated than any television show portrays. Beyond the Brady Bunch is a heart book, not a how-to book. Christians who find themselves in the midst of stepfamily life often feel hopeless and far from God, struggling with grief and unforgiveness. From personal experience, the authors have found that all the how-to steps in the world don't work if there isn't first a heart change. Speaking with honesty and vulnerability they share their mistakes and how God dealt with their...
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Blending a family is far more messy and complicated than any television show portrays. Beyond the Brady Bunch is a heart book, not a how-to book. Christians who find themselves in the midst of stepfamily life often feel hopeless and far from God, struggling with grief and unforgiveness. From personal experience, the authors have found that all the how-to steps in the world don't work if there isn't first a heart change. Speaking with honesty and vulnerability they share their mistakes and how God dealt with their hearts. The book will help stretch hearts, minds, and homes past the image of "perfect" and another "happily ever after" into the hope of God's promise to restore, heal, and rebuild.
Posted July 4, 2012
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Posted January 17, 2011
If you are in a blended family or know of one (and these days that's just about all of us) pick up this book. It's an in-depth look at how stepfamilies form and the myriad of difficulties that have to be overcome or endured. What I appreciated most about the book was that it stripped away the fairytale ideal that the new, blended family is going to mesh magically without any problems.
I also particularly enjoyed the sections written from the Alsdorfs' now grown children. Their perspective on what it's like to be a child in a blended family was invaluable.
Honest and open about their own experience, and drawing on the experiences of other blended families, the Alsdorfs give a thorough look at what to expect and how to deal with the difficulties that are sure to come up.
Posted October 5, 2010
Now in the United States we have fifty percent of all first marriages fail and end in divorce. That is an alarming amount as when we get married the pastor used to say "Till death do we part" but now it seems as though the ones that are getting married are seeing it as "if this don't work " it doesn't cost that much to get a divorce.
This book BEYOND THE BRADY BUNCH is a book that can be useful for families that have combined two different families in marriage. Some of them are like the old TV show "The Brady Bunch" as the two families with children have a lot of adjusting to do. The children may not get alone and that makes it hard on everyone. This book is filled with ideas and personal stories that may be able to help your family if it has two different groups of people with children, as they try to get alone together.
The authors has written in first-person by each of the two authors, weaknesses are admitted and discussed, with biblical solutions offered. At the end of each chapter there is a list that help the reader to focus on the main points.
Thanks to Karen Davis at The B&B Media group for this copy for me to review.
Posted August 23, 2010
"Fifty percent of all first marriages end in divorce," and "seventy percent of third marriages" also end in divorce. With shocking statistics like those, it's easy see how this relevant book could be a useful tool in most families. There's plenty of good common sense between the covers.
Family life is messy, and blended families are even messier! We need all the help we can we get, and here is a book chock full of workable ideas. It's filled with personal stories, anecdotes, and case studies. Interspersed are extracts from published material from others experienced with families who are blending.
Written in first-person by each of the two authors, weaknesses are admitted and discussed, with biblical solutions offered. The four adult children of this blended family each share a part while looking back over their experiences.
At the end of each chapter, a bulleted Bringing It Home list helps the reader to focus on the main points.
If you know of a couple about remarry, I suggest this as a good wedding present.
Thank you to FirstWildCard and Karen Davis at The B&B Media Group/David C. Cook for my copy.
Posted August 17, 2010
Here's the story - the real story - about what it takes to make a blended family work.
Any parent who has been through a divorce knows that a blended family is far more messy and complicated than any television show portrays. Leftover anger and lack of trust can make moving ahead an overwhelming challenge.
Beyond the Brady Bunch by Ray and Debbie Alsdorf, was written by a couple that has survived the ups and downs of bringing children from previous marriages together to form a new family.
Ray and Debbie understand the frustration and sense of failure that can often accompany a parent's best efforts. Together, they tell their story and offer perspective on the emotional land mines that can undo the parent-child relationship postdivorce.
Honest yet unfailingly hopeful, their message is clear: God loves families - no matter what they've been through - and wants to take them to a loving future together. Beyond the Brady Bunch can help you get there. (Excerpt from back cover).
With this book being especially relevant to me personally I couldn't wait to read this book. My family is that blended family. My husband and I currently share raising a daughter together from a previous marriage of mine and we do struggle with the same issues that are covered in this book.
From how to deal with the Ex-spouses, child custody arrangements, making new family traditions while keeping some of the old ones, and how to deal with discipline make this book well worth reading or for buying for anyone who is dealing with these situations in their own home and wondering if marrying their partner was the right decision after all.
I also see this as a great resource for those families considering marriage that would blend their existing families together to discuss how they will handle some of the situations that will undoubtedly come up.
I was provided with this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and would easily rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars for the resources and guidance it provides in every area a blended family is likely to deal with.