BEYOND THE BRADY BUNCH
Ray and Debbie Alsdorf
It is ludicrous to believe our lives won’t be touched by blended families. We need to take their needs seriously. They are in our workplaces, our churches, and our neighborhoods. They are our friends.
—Hugh Downs, 20/20
"This book is a treasure chest of encouragement, hope, and inspiration for the blended family." — Dr. Gary Smalley, bestselling author of The Blessing and The Language of Love.
When Your Group Must Somehow Form a Family
Statistics tell the story of the American Family. Today there are more step-families than the original intact biological families that once made up the American norm. And, there are many Christian couples in relationships that are not blending, are wrought with disappointment, and are tempting those of faith to throw in the towel on the new family and on their spiritual life. Beyond the Brady Bunch is for those who want to keep their sanity and their spirituality in the uncharted territory of blending two families or homes. This book is not just for those remarried, but for any parent who is sharing custody of a child with another parent that is not living under the same roof. Church needing some materials for blended family class?This book has questions at the end of each of the ten chapters. Perfect for small groups, home groups or classes.
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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.