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Daily Encouragement for the Smart Stepfamily Kindle Edition
From the Back Cover
Got a minute? Then you have time for a daily dose of practical advice, reassurance, and insight for your stepfamily journey. These 365 short and sweet readings will keep your family blending and bonding throughout the year.
- parenting and stepparenting
- strengthening your marriage
- grief in the stepfamily
- bonding with children
- co-parenting with exes
- readings for special days like Mother's Day, Thanksgiving, and other holidays
- and plenty of inspirational stories to lift your spirits and keep you stepping in the right direction!
Each daily dose of encouragement includes a prayer for your home. Sharing these readings with your spouse and, when appropriate, your kids will spark valuable conversations that will strengthen your family and bring you closer together! --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Dianne Neal Matthews is the author of four daily devotional books, including The One Year Women of the Bible (Tyndale House) and Designed for Devotion: A 365-Day Journey from Genesis to Revelation (Baker Books), a 2013 Selah Award winner. She writes regularly for The Quiet Hour and has been a contributing writer for Guideposts' Mornings with Jesus since the 2013 edition. Her stories and articles have appeared in LIVE, The Christian Communicator, Focus on the Family periodicals, Guideposts magazine, and several compilation books. She has also published Bible studies and newspaper features and frequently writes guest posts for bloggers and content for websites, including More to Life and CBN.com.
Dianne enjoys teaching at writers' conferences, leading Bible studies, and occasionally speaking at women's events. She is a CLASS graduate and a member of Christian Authors Network and Advanced Writers & Speakers Association. She and her husband, Richard, have three grown children and three grandchildren. They currently live in southwest Louisiana. To learn more, please visit DianneNealMatthews.com. --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B0787D5BQG
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (March 6, 2018)
- Publication date : March 6, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 4167 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 386 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0764230476
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #478,413 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book is set up like a devotion in that each day is a new topic, or an expansion on the topic from the day before. While it is Biblically based, instead of being a Bible devotion where you read a chapter or a verse and have a little meditation on that, this is a piece of encouragement a day for 365 Days. I haven’t read through the whole book yet because I am trying to just read a page a day, but so far, I am enjoying the little snippets and they are challenging me to think outside the box. Some are direct principles from the Bible (how the fruits of the spirit can apply to step-families was a segment) and some are just snippets that let the step-family know, “hey, you’re really not alone in this”. Some days are even designed to be shared as a whole family to work on creating more unity/discussion amongst the family members. Each day is concluded with a short prayer to start your prayers for the night based on that day’s discussion.
So far, overall I am glad I got this book. At first I wasn’t too sure because I don’t always want to readily admit my shortcomings in my family, but this book isn’t about pointing out what you do wrong at all. This book is like a fellow runner coming up alongside you in a race when you are on that last leg and about to collapse because you’re not sure you can run another foot and cheering you on letting you know that you can get through this and this too shall pass and you are doing well. Keep up the good work.
If you’re a step-parent, I encourage you to pick up this little book of encouragement written just for you.
I received this book free courtesy of Bethany House Publisher’s Blogger Review Program in exchange for an honest review.
It contains nuggets of thought perfect for individual reflection or family/couple reflection. While geared toward the parental units of the family, several of the passages are 'kid' friendly. The author encourages the reader to share these passages with their children, with consideration to the age appropriateness of each passage.
Each page is a useful tool with insights for that days reflection and from page 1 gives the reader ways to look at things from more than just 1 perspective. There is a prayer specific for each of day as a guideline that corresponds to the principles discussed for that day.
The only negative I have is that not each day shows a corresponding biblical passage, though they do go over different biblical principles and moral standards. The pages that do have a corresponding biblical passage makes sure to give an example of how that passage can be applied to that day.
The book overall stresses the importance of communication, love, and compassion which are things important to all relationships, especially blended families. This will be my go-to devotional for this year. I highly recommend this book!