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.
|Publisher:||Gospel Light Publications|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Lynn Donovan is a women’s ministry leader, a retreat/conference speaker, and an ordinary mom and wife who shares with audiences her everyday adventures of walking in the presence of God. She has been a featured guest on the Moody Radio Network, Focus on the Family, and FamilyLife Today. She has a son and a daughter and lives with her husband, Mike, in Temecula, California. 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, and they are the proud parents of two daughters and a son-in-law. Dineen is the author of The Soul Saver. Visit Lynn & Dineen online at spirituallyunequalmarriage.com.
Table of Contents
Lynn's Story 21
Dineen's Story 25
1 Extraordinary Kids: Trusting God to Make Up the Difference 31
2 Heaven's Kids: Will My Kids Go to Heaven? 43
3 Equipped Kids: Teaching Kids the Power of Prayer and the Strength of the Sword 57
4 Churched Kids: Yes Church, No Church, We All Don't Want to Go to Church 69
5 Peaceful Kids: Saying No When the World (and Dad) Says Yes 81
6 Generous Kids: Inspiring Kids to Have an "Others" Mindset 99
7 Authentic Kids: "Real Deal" Faith Leads to "Real Deal" Kids 111
8 Triumphant Kids: Praying for Our Kids: Their Friends, Their Safety and Their Future 125
9 Challenging Kids: Handling Tough Questions, Confusing Situations and Special Needs 137
10 Legacy Kids: Jesus for the Generations 149
Conclusion: The End of a Story 161
Appendix 1 Rebellion and the Prodigal Adult 165
Appendix 2 Scripture Index: My Identity in Christ 173
Appendix 3 Prayers for Moms and Prayers for Our Kids 177
Appendix 4 Bringing Faith Home: Family-Faith Traditions and Projects 185
Appendix 5 Leader's Guide Small Group Study 191
Member Class Form 201
Small Group Agreement 202
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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.
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.