Blended and Redeemed: The Go-To Field Guide for the Modern Stepfamily

Blended and Redeemed: The Go-To Field Guide for the Modern Stepfamily

Blended and Redeemed: The Go-To Field Guide for the Modern Stepfamily

Blended and Redeemed: The Go-To Field Guide for the Modern Stepfamily


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Couples in blended-or "step"-families often feel misunderstood, even in the church. They struggle with complicated child behavioral issues, battle-pitched custody fights, and difficulty finding unity in co-parenting. Emotions such as guilt, shame, fear, or isolation threaten to overwhelm them. Now is the time for these families to feel heard, helped, and healed.

In Blended and Redeemed, blended family experts, coaches, and therapists Scott and Vanessa Martindale go where few dare to venture-into the minefield of today's blended families. You will learn how to:

· Defend your new marriage from old wounds and the enemy's schemes

· Turn strangers into siblings through intentional and intelligent blending

· Work and communicate effectively with your ex-spouse as co-parents

· Navigate the fiery furnace of custody litigation

· Bring glory to God and inform the church about your messy and beautifully unique blended family

Designed for pastors, church leaders, individuals or group studies, Blended and Redeemed will become your new go-to field guide for the modern stepfamily!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781950113828
Publisher: XO Publishing
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 713,544
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Scott is a licensed professional therapist with 15-plus years of experience in blended family, marriage, and pre-marriage counseling. He earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology at Abeline Christian University and his masters degree in Counseling and Human Development from Hardin Simmons University. Scott is fueled by a desire to see individuals, marriages, and families live life the way God intended. Scott's heart is to walk alongside married couples and families, helping them navigate the process of blending a family in a healthy way. When Scott isn't spending time with his wife, Vanessa, and their sons, he enjoys watching football, traveling, eating Mexican food, and playing a good game of Galaga or Golden Tee.

Vanessa Martindale, and co-author Scott Martindale, wrote this book to help guide families though blended family life. Bringing the mission of Blended Kingdom Families into millions of homes through this book expands the ability to share love, tools, and support them even further.As a blended family themselves, Vanessa and Scott started Blended Kingdom Families in order to break the cycle of divorce, equip marriages and unite blended families with the truth of God's Word.As a stepfamily ministry, Blended Kingdom Families serves to spread the Gospel to blended families all over the world and help shine the light of Jesus Christ into every home and marriage.How do we equip blended families?BKF has served over 150,000 blended families by providing biblical guidance and practical resources to help break the cycle of divorce while building unity and peace that create thriving and healthy homes.This Ministry provides up to date content such as blogs, video blogs, books and podcasting, family and marriage events and workshops as well as written curriculum to help better your marriage and your blended family! Vanessa is a registered nurse and is pursuing a Master's Degree in Marriage & Family Therapy at The King's University. Vanessa, and her husband Scott, reside in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex with their sons Michael, Shay, Gray, and Kace.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xvii

Foreword Jimmy Evans xxi

Chapter 1 Refined in Fire 01

Chapter 2 The Church and Blended Families 23

Chapter 3 Three Priorities for a Healthy Marriage 51

Chapter 4 A Marriage Reflecting God 89

Chapter 5 The False Promise of Inner Vows 115

Chapter 6 Blending Your Bunch 143

Chapter 7 Parenting and Co-Parenting 173

Chapter 8 Facing New Family Challenges Together 201

Chapter 9 Litigation: Your New, Least-Favorite Hobby 229

Chapter 10 Blended Families, God's Redemption 257

About the Authors 277

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