Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home

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Moms who are the sole spiritual leader in their home wonder if their influence is enough to impact the spiritual lives of their children. Not Alone is encouragement and wisdom for spiritually mismatched moms, whether they are married to a non-Christian, single, divorced, or navigating the challenges of a blended family. It is possible to raise children who have a vibrant relationship with Christ. Their insights and stories will help mothers understand how God helps moms do their part and can trust him to do his. ...

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Overview

Moms who are the sole spiritual leader in their home wonder if their influence is enough to impact the spiritual lives of their children. Not Alone is encouragement and wisdom for spiritually mismatched moms, whether they are married to a non-Christian, single, divorced, or navigating the challenges of a blended family. It is possible to raise children who have a vibrant relationship with Christ. Their insights and stories will help mothers understand how God helps moms do their part and can trust him to do his. Plus, Not Alone includes practical steps to instill children with faith.

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Living in a spiritually mismatched marriage represents one of the greatest challenges a couple can face. Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller tackle the issue head-on with grace, honesty, and a wealth of practical advice. I’m encouraged by their willingness to reach out to this often-overlooked segment of the Church.
- Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

I was raised in a spiritually mismatched home and my own mother would have LOVED the wisdom, encouragement and practical help Lynn and Dineen offer in Not Alone. Raising children and tackling teens is hard enough in any environment but Lynn and Dineen offer help and hope so you always feel you are NOT ALONE!
Pam Farrel, Author of Becoming a Brave New Woman, Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make

Pick up your favorite highlighter because Not Alone is one of those rare books full of practical wisdom that you will want to read, reread, bookmark and highlight. While this book is aimed at parents in spiritually unequal marriages, Lynn and Dineen offer godly insight and encouragement for all parents. I finished this book feeling, as a sometimes worried mom, that I’m not alone, that my earnest prayers can move God to act, and that He always has my back.
Susy Flory, New York Times bestselling author and a mom of two

This dynamic duo’s use of Scripture, prayers, transparent real-life stories and personal study questions is powerful. They have truly walked through the valley that women in spiritually mismatched marriages are in and they offer a firm hope. This is a must-read for women who are seeking wisdom and guidance as they raise their children in the midst of marital challenges.
- Courtney Joseph, Author of Women Living Well and WomenLivingWell.org

 

For every mother who has silently wondered, Am I enough? authors Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller point you to the very One who is. You don’t have to be in a spiritually mismatched home to appreciate their wisdom and tender companionship on this holy ground called “motherhood.” If I could place this book in the hands of mothers everywhere, I would.
- Joanne Kraft, Author of Just too Busy—Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

When I think of Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller, these are the words that come to mind: sincere, passionate, godly, humble and accessible. If you’re in a spiritually mismatched marriage and you worry about your kids, you’ve come to the right place. These girlfriends will wrap you up in a hug, they’ll tell you the truth and they’ll point you to Jesus. They were so right to title this book Not Alone because when you’re done reading, you’ll know and believe that you’re not alone on this journey; God is with you and He’s got you.
- Susie Larson, Radio Host, Speaker, and Author of Your Beautiful Purpose

I’ve walked the road of being in a spiritually mismatched marriage. When I was in my most desperate time of clinging to God, my kids’ father was running away. Oh how I wish I would’ve had Not Alone to hold in my hands to combat that feeling of desperation and isolation. With comfort, grace and been-there wisdom, Lynn and Dineen will walk you through with hope—not only for you, but for your kids as well.
- Kathi Lipp, Author of 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids and Can I Get Some Help Here—Prayers and Practical Steps When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan

I have high hopes for my kids—but perhaps the greatest hope of all is that I want them to know and love Jesus in a way that’s authentic and real. Dineen Miller and Lynn Donovan clearly understand the heart’s desires of moms like me. Not Alone gives moms a resource of practical help and warm encouragement so that they can prayerfully and practically raise kids that not only know Jesus, but also love Jesus wholeheartedly.
- Erin MacPherson, Author of The Christian Mama’s Guide series
 

Having spent a lot of time as the spiritual leader in my own home, I know how lonely it can feel. Not Alone is an invigorating source of hope and grace that calls women to godly parenting and guides them as they entrust their children’s spiritual well-being to the Father, the ultimate parenting partner.
- Nicole O’Dell, Founder of Choose NOW Ministries and host of Choose NOW Radio

Passing down faith to your children is especially challenging when only one parent believes. Yet, as the title says, you are not alone! These authors and mothers know exactly what you’re going through. They can help you navigate the years ahead with hope, grace and clarity.
- Arlene Pellicane, Author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband

I love this book! Lynn and Dineen don’t just encourage women— they empower them to raise faith-focused children in a secular world. Their excitement is contagious—their wisdom runs deep. Whether you’re a single mom or in a mismatched relationship, Not Alone is chock-full of practical insight for passionate parenting.
- Darlene Schacht, Author of The Good Wife’s Guide and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Reshaping It All

In Not Alone, Dineen Miller and Lynn Donovan weave biblical insight together with their own stories as they help mothers discover hope, faith and courage to not only leave a legacy of faith as they passionately parent their children, but also to understand they are not alone in their journey. Although written for women who are in spiritually unequal marriages, are single moms or widowed moms, Not Alone will benefit all moms who read it. This is a great resource for small groups and I’m honored to recommend it.
- Stephanie Shott, Author, speaker and founder of The M.O.M. Initiative
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830767137
  • Publisher: Gospel Light Publications
  • Publication date: 10/7/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 874,772
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Lynn Donovan writes for the online ministry she founded in 2006, Spiritually Unequal Marriage. She is a popular Bible study leader and national speaker who dispels the myths women believe about love and marriage and points them to the freedom that is theirs through a living relationship with Christ. She lives in Temecula, California, with her husband, Mike.

Dineen Miller believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women's ministry leader, and a small group leader fuel her desire to ignite the souls of others through words of truth. She's also a C.L.A.S.S. Communicator and has been featured on the Moody Radio Network, Focus on the Family, and FamilyLife Today. She lives in the Bay Area with her husband. They have two daughters and a son-in-law. Dineen is author of The Soul Saver.

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  • Posted October 14, 2013

    I've read tons of women's bible studies and parenting books but

    I've read tons of women's bible studies and parenting books but this is the first one that has been specifically written for me as an un-equally yoked wife. Not Alone was written by two women that have walked this path and are willing to share every lesson they've learned along the way. The book addresses our most honest questions and deepest fears in a way that's encouraging and never condemning. Each chapter ends with a section of questions that are perfect for individual quiet time or small group discussions. At its core, the book teaches that the most important thing that we can do for our kids is love Jesus with every bit of our being. One of the big lessons for me was that God wants to partner with me to raise my kids and he loves them more than I can possibly imagine. I would encourage every mother to read this one because it contains the most important parenting advice that I have ever received.

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  • Posted October 7, 2013

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    This book gets to the heart of raising kids when the parents are

    This book gets to the heart of raising kids when the parents are not in spiritual agreement. I love that it offers the reader a place to go and get help, support, and encouragement both through the book and the launch of the new Mismatched and Thriving Ministries.

    The authors are transparent in this book. There are stories of triumph as well as heartbreak. I laughed. I cried. I related to the experiences these women shared. As I was reading, I learned a lot about parenting – being authentic, intentional, and not having to “do it all”. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, and this book taught me things that I can do to help my kids build a relationship with our Lord. One of these things is to ask my kids questions like what a particular biblical passage or story teaches us about Jesus. Another thing is the different activities that we parents can do around a holiday that point to Jesus instead of what our commercialized culture wants to teach our kids. After all, our faith is all about a relationship with our heavenly Father, not religion.

    I absolutely love the organization of this book. Each chapter starts with a scripture and ends with discovery questions to help the reader reflect on his/her own situation. What a great way to promote spiritual growth! Questions are followed by a prayer that focuses on the chapter. The end of the chapter is about showing respect for the dad (or mom), which is a wonderful example of the love of Christ.

    As I read this book, one of the notes I wrote was that the scriptures listed would be excellent material for scripture memory cards. To my great joy, these scriptures were all listed in the second index. Awesome! Overall, I love this book! I definitely plan to read it again. Because there is a leader’s guide in the back, it would be great to read it with a group. This offers an opportunity to build community, offer support, and grow together in Christ as we parent our children and thrive in a spiritually mismatched relationship with our spouses.

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