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Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ Paperback – July 19, 2012

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Grandparenting Through Obstacles is a refreshing and practical approach to common issues of grandparenting many of us, as Christians, have encountered. ...this book helped me with issues I've grappled over for years. Thank you, Renée and Dianne, for writing with such poignant wisdom. This book is a true blessing indeed! Kathi Macias, Author

As a grandmother of eleven grandchildren spread through four states, I relate to the obstacles of distance and the desire to leave a legacy of my grandchildren knowing Jesus. ...grandparenting tips, relevant Bible stories, real life grandparent stories, discussion questions. What grandparent couldn't benefit! ~ Janet Thompson, speaker and author

"As a grandfather of six, I highly recommend Grandparenting Through Obstacles. The grandparenting role has never been more desperately needed, and this book is essential to help in that endeavor. It will bless you and help you become more effective in the lives of your grandkids." ~ Jim Ertel, Heart of the Family Ministries

About the Author

Renee Gray-Wilburn has done a little of everything--from modeling to motorcycling--but right now she most enjoys the quiet creativity of expressing herself through writing. After having lived on both coasts, Renee makes her home in the foothills of the Rockies in beautiful Colorado Springs with her husband and three children.

Renee has authored over 200 published pieces, including dozens of magazine articles, two children's books (Volcanoes! and Earthquakes! from Capstone Press), contributions to several compilation books, over a dozen children's curriculum books, and numerous ghostwriting projects.

Dianne E. Butt’s book, Deliver Me, won “Book of the Year” (Family/Relationships category) from Christian Small Publishers Association and was one of four finalists for Advanced Writers and Speakers Association’s 2012 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year award.

Her next books will be her “Days of Hope” series with Pix-N-Pens Publishing, a three-book series starting with 50 Days of Hope from the New Testament. She is also a finalist in Write Integrity Press’ “Books of Hope” manuscript contest in the fiction category for her novel Hope’s Diner.

Dianne writes frequently for,, and She offers free help for writers at

Dianne is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (, Christian Small Publishers Association (, and Christian Motorcyclists Association (


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 314 pages
  • Publisher: Pix-N-Pens (July 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938092171
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938092176
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,946,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gardenergal on November 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
GRANDPARENTING THROUGH OBSTACLES by Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts is a relevant present-day guide for all grandparents, not just those with Christian backgrounds. It contains many wonderful and innovative ways to connect with your grandchildren, as well as how to show God's love and grace in all situations. I love the Nana camp idea; not only does it give opportunity for sharing fun times with your grandchildren - it also provides the same for grandparents to `be a kid again'.

The book gives numerous ideas on how to connect or reach out to the younger generation in your family, without being in-their-faces with personal beliefs. It is a gentle prod to try life from a different perspective and let your grand-daughters and sons see that you are also a person who is a safe haven during family storms, as you reassure younger family members or show you are deeply trustworthy and your love is wholesome and pure because it is based on the truth and integrity of the Bible. In these days when trust can be discounted so easily, this book allows for an easy transition along a path of the purest of intentions and encouragement.

I have ten grandchildren, of ages ranging from twenty-six down to three years of age. Each child is blessed with an individual personality and so each one needs a different approach; but ultimately each one needs the solid reassurance of a stable and loving family member that they can turn to if needed; a place that assures they will be treated with gentle loving respect, and one that gives them the hope and strength that life rooted in the foundational teachings of Christian love can give.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ann B. Macomber on November 24, 2012
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Grandparenting Through Obstacles by Renee Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts was a book I thought might be useful since we are grandparents of two granddaughters in town and are the go-to babysitters. Our daughter and son-in-law do attend our church with the girls and their relationship is great, etc. So, what good grandparenting hints might there be in this book format for our benefit? I was overwhelmed with the depth of all the different life family stories and all that the individual grandparents were doing under duress often to insure that the seeds of sound spiritual bases were sown... I didn't even have that problem. Yet, I found that I was certainly lacking in taking the opportunity to spiritually grow our granddaughters in the word and love of our Lord. I was also reminded of how as grandparents, we 'get to show the love of God' just by being grandparents and lovin' on them! What a terrific reminder, scripture study guide, prayer guide, and encouragement the book has become to me. God is good to guide and mature us as grandparents through this marvelous, fun, enriching book. Renee and Dianne do a masterful job of researching scripture and scenarios to be able to relate to many family situations and ultimately touch each one with the true message of the gospel.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lucy N. Adams on November 21, 2012
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Helping to Remove My Obstacles

I need grandmother help and this book did that! With fourteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren I am usually in need of some guidance. All are precious in God's sight, and in mine too. However, sometimes they have problems and I am sorry to say that those times often cause me worry and concern.
GRANDPARENTING THROUGH OBSTABLES gives helpful insights into different types of problems. Even looking in the contents gave hope. Some of the titles are: "Won By Love", "Jack's Fear", "Heart Talk" "Passing Along the Faith" and "The Full Armor of God." Digesting the words of each of the twenty stories in this excellent book, gave me hope for growth in my grandmother role.
The two authors of this book have organized it into four, "Challenges" . In the five personal stories within each Challenge, I was faced with new and encouraging insights.
At the end of each story there are five special directives from the authors. The fifth is a closing prayer entitled, "One Way To Pray", which is a powerful prayer and to the point.
I recommend, GRANDPARENTING THROUGH OBSTABLES as a joyful way to reach out to all grandchildren. God's love shines brightly through each page. Thank you to Rene'e Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts for gathering together this awesome resource for all grandparents.
Lucy Neeley Adams
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Leissler on August 31, 2012
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Children often live in difficult situations, and many grandparents are involved in raising grandkids, either part or full time. Even if that isn't the case, we interact with them. As many stories as there are in this book, there are as many ways to make that interaction effective. I certainly learned a lot. A good book for the home library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janice Green on April 8, 2013
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Grandparenting through Obstacles by Reneé Gray-Wilburn and Dianne E. Butts is a dynamic resource for grandparents who are concerned about helping their grandchildren find a meaningful relationship with Jesus Christ. Through 20 real-life stories written by grandparents in a wide variety of situations, the authors show how twenty wise grandparents found ways to influence their grandchildren's lives in a positive way. In addition to the engaging stories, each chapter includes "Grandparents from the Bible," "Points to Ponder," "Steps to Take," "Scriptures to Study," and "One Way to Pray." Within these headings, chapter by chapter, grandparents will find a plethora of ideas for reaching out to their grandchildren through a wide variety of circumstances.

The chapters are divided into four sections:
Part 1: The Challenge of Parents Not Walking with God
Part 2: The Challenge of Long Distance Relationships
Part 3: The Challenge of Non-Traditional Families
Part 4: The Challenge of Partnering with Parents

I was impressed with the diversity of situations represented in this book and with the depth of the grandparents' wisdom and faith as they addressed the obstacles they had to deal with. Even though no list of 20 situations will be able to cover every situation a grandparent may face, I believe that anyone who has a heart for reaching their grandchildren (or other children - relatives or non-relatives) for Christ will find helpful suggestions between the covers of this book.

Grandparenting through Obstacles won the GRAND Magazine's 2012 Best GRANDparents Book Award.

What I like about this book: Everything... especially the wealth of ideas and resources represented.

What I disliked about this book: Nothing.
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