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In my family step-parenting is something that I am somewhat familiar with. Not in my personal family, but in my extended. I have a brother whose wife has needed to step in as a mom, and neice who is needing to do the same with a young lad. Therefore when the opportunity arose to review, Stepparenting with Grace: Encouragement for Blended Families, I thought this could be an excellent resource for my neice and an encouragement to her as she starts this journey.
What a nice, grace filled devotional for blended families. Let me tell you all about it!
From the back cover:
When you set out on your happily ever after again, bumpy roads may not be part of the travel plan. But let’s be honest, uniting two families into one is hard work. Your dream destinations of a perfect home with a white picket fence may sometimes seem surreal.
When all your stepfamily demands start to overwhelm you, these devotions offer peace.
What do you get:
Each devotion begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day and closes with prayer. Sounds simple and easy doesn’t it? Saying that though doesn’t do justice. Over 80 devotionals fill the 190 pages of this devotional book. Covering such topics as Humility encourages Harmony, Victor or Victim, The Danger of Regret and Celebrating Love. The topics aren’t always nice and easy, but the advice from veteran stepmom Gayla Grace is real, grace-filled, and always pointing one back to God. In these pages you will find encouragement, the awareness that you are not alone in your struggles, and God. God is central.
Each devotional contains the following elements:
In every devotional that I read (I didn’t read all of them) I found the scripture verses short and the devotionals connected well to the verses used. I found they were sometimes taken out of context but that’s not unusual in devotionals, but overall, well done devotionals. Helpful and constantly turning hearts back to God.
I like this book. I find it well done and full of grace and understanding. Step parenting isn’t easy and has some challenges that parenting children of your own doesn’t have. This book is so worth reading if you or someone that you care for it step parenting. Learn to love up on your children in whatever way they are in your life. Learn to seek after God in those hard moments of step parenting.