Monday, August 6, 2018

Step Parenting with Grace: Devotions for Blended Families - #StepparentingWithGrace Review

Book Overview:

Stepparenting with Grace offers a soothing salve and a holy nudge of daily encouragement for anyone navigating the unique dynamics of a blended family.
These devotions provide companionship, encouragement, understanding, and biblical insights from a veteran stepmom. This trusted resource will help you gain strength, wisdom, and comfort as you navigate the rocky terrain of creating a blended family.  

You will learn how to:

Trust a loving God when the kids do not.
Find unity in your new marriage and parenting through grace and understanding.
Explore your worth in Christ amid rejection.
Gain confidence in the stepparent role as you take on the armor of God.
Persevere through challenges and obstacles toward healthy, thriving relationships.

Each devotion begins with Scripture along with an encouraging thought for the day and closes with prayer.

My  Personal Story:

As if raising kids of your own isn't hard enough, that responsibility is doubly hard as a step-parent.  Step-parents get a bad rap almost from the get-go.  

Jason and I have been married for 15 years, together for sixteen.  He came in with three (actually two at the time with one on the way) and I came in with three.  We've never conceived a child together.  Minus the maid, we were the modern day Brady Bunch.  If Jason and I ever fought about anything, it was almost always about the kids.  And if he and I weren't arguing about it, we were going at it with the other parents involved.  Ugly, I tell ya!  I swore that if he and I ever got divorced, it for sure was going to be because of the blended family breakdown.  

The first day my daughter met Jason she made it perfectly clear she didn't need another father in her life.  One day all six kids would like each other and the next day it was a war of mine versus his.  In all brutal honesty, it took a few years for us to mend the gap and just learn to all get along.  I can't change the past but, knowing what I know now, I would've walked into the relationship a totally different way.

It took a few years of complete chaos but we finally got it right.  His kids are mine and my kids are his.  We all get along and feel as if we are a complete family.

My Review:

First off, keep in mind that this is not a "self-help" book.  Step Parenting with Grace is a devotional with 90 devotions related to step-family life.  You can read the book starting at the first devotion or  you can use the Table of Contents to jump to a topic that speaks to you.

Just some of the topics covered in this devotional are:

Humility Encourages Harmony
Let God Heal Your Heart
Let Knowledge Override Your Feelings
Separate Marital and Parenting Issues
Moving Past Defeat
Acceptance is the Answer

I'm just going to put this out there:  You can read all the books and devotions you want BUT they're not going to work unless you apply the advice and information to your life. #Truth
If you read Step Parenting with Grace and really, truly process what the messages convey, I think it will be beneficial.

Whether you've been a step-parent for a while or a newbie to that part of life, Step Parenting with Grace is abundant with guidance and I'm sure there will be parts of the book that you'll definitely relate to.  This book lets you know you're not alone in your feelings, it provides plenty of Bible verses and prayers to be said, and it is a helping hand to those who are weaving their way through step-parenting.

Are you a step-parent?
Do you have any advice for someone involved in a step-parenting role?

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.


Step Parenting with Grace said...

Thank you for your review, Terra. I appreciate your kind words and honest comments about my book. My prayer is it will provide hope and encouragement to stepfamilies trying to navigate their way on what can be a hard journey at times. May God bless you and your big, blended family! :)

Sparkles and Lattes said...

Thank you for sharing your step parenting story.

Peggy said...

I am not a step parent but my son is. Luckily it went very well for him. They prefer him to their absentee Dad.