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Not Alone: Trusting God to Help You Raise Godly Kids in a Spiritually Mismatched Home Paperback – October 10, 2013

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Living in a spiritually mismatched marriage represents one of the greatest challenges a couple can face. Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller tackle the issue head-on with grace, honesty, and a wealth of practical advice. I’m encouraged by their willingness to reach out to this often-overlooked segment of the Church.
- Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

I was raised in a spiritually mismatched home and my own mother would have LOVED the wisdom, encouragement and practical help Lynn and Dineen offer in Not Alone. Raising children and tackling teens is hard enough in any environment but Lynn and Dineen offer help and hope so you always feel you are NOT ALONE!
Pam Farrel, Author of Becoming a Brave New Woman, Men Are Like Waffles, Women Are Like Spaghetti and 10 Best Decisions a Woman Can Make

Pick up your favorite highlighter because Not Alone is one of those rare books full of practical wisdom that you will want to read, reread, bookmark and highlight. While this book is aimed at parents in spiritually unequal marriages, Lynn and Dineen offer godly insight and encouragement for all parents. I finished this book feeling, as a sometimes worried mom, that I’m not alone, that my earnest prayers can move God to act, and that He always has my back.
Susy Flory, New York Times bestselling author and a mom of two

This dynamic duo’s use of Scripture, prayers, transparent real-life stories and personal study questions is powerful. They have truly walked through the valley that women in spiritually mismatched marriages are in and they offer a firm hope. This is a must-read for women who are seeking wisdom and guidance as they raise their children in the midst of marital challenges.
- Courtney Joseph, Author of Women Living Well and WomenLivingWell.org


 


For every mother who has silently wondered, Am I enough? authors Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller point you to the very One who is. You don’t have to be in a spiritually mismatched home to appreciate their wisdom and tender companionship on this holy ground called “motherhood.” If I could place this book in the hands of mothers everywhere, I would.
- Joanne Kraft, Author of Just too Busy—Taking Your Family on a Radical Sabbatical

When I think of Lynn Donovan and Dineen Miller, these are the words that come to mind: sincere, passionate, godly, humble and accessible. If you’re in a spiritually mismatched marriage and you worry about your kids, you’ve come to the right place. These girlfriends will wrap you up in a hug, they’ll tell you the truth and they’ll point you to Jesus. They were so right to title this book Not Alone because when you’re done reading, you’ll know and believe that you’re not alone on this journey; God is with you and He’s got you.
- Susie Larson, Radio Host, Speaker, and Author of Your Beautiful Purpose

I’ve walked the road of being in a spiritually mismatched marriage. When I was in my most desperate time of clinging to God, my kids’ father was running away. Oh how I wish I would’ve had Not Alone to hold in my hands to combat that feeling of desperation and isolation. With comfort, grace and been-there wisdom, Lynn and Dineen will walk you through with hope—not only for you, but for your kids as well.
- Kathi Lipp, Author of 21 Ways to Connect with Your Kids and Can I Get Some Help Here—Prayers and Practical Steps When Your Kids Don’t Go According to Plan

I have high hopes for my kids—but perhaps the greatest hope of all is that I want them to know and love Jesus in a way that’s authentic and real. Dineen Miller and Lynn Donovan clearly understand the heart’s desires of moms like me. Not Alone gives moms a resource of practical help and warm encouragement so that they can prayerfully and practically raise kids that not only know Jesus, but also love Jesus wholeheartedly.
- Erin MacPherson, Author of The Christian Mama’s Guide series
 


Having spent a lot of time as the spiritual leader in my own home, I know how lonely it can feel. Not Alone is an invigorating source of hope and grace that calls women to godly parenting and guides them as they entrust their children’s spiritual well-being to the Father, the ultimate parenting partner.
- Nicole O’Dell, Founder of Choose NOW Ministries and host of Choose NOW Radio

Passing down faith to your children is especially challenging when only one parent believes. Yet, as the title says, you are not alone! These authors and mothers know exactly what you’re going through. They can help you navigate the years ahead with hope, grace and clarity.
- Arlene Pellicane, Author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband

I love this book! Lynn and Dineen don’t just encourage women— they empower them to raise faith-focused children in a secular world. Their excitement is contagious—their wisdom runs deep. Whether you’re a single mom or in a mismatched relationship, Not Alone is chock-full of practical insight for passionate parenting.
- Darlene Schacht, Author of The Good Wife’s Guide and coauthor of the New York Times bestseller Reshaping It All

In Not Alone, Dineen Miller and Lynn Donovan weave biblical insight together with their own stories as they help mothers discover hope, faith and courage to not only leave a legacy of faith as they passionately parent their children, but also to understand they are not alone in their journey. Although written for women who are in spiritually unequal marriages, are single moms or widowed moms, Not Alone will benefit all moms who read it. This is a great resource for small groups and I’m honored to recommend it.
- Stephanie Shott, Author, speaker and founder of The M.O.M. Initiative
 

From the Back Cover

If your husband or ex-husband doesn’t share your faith, you probably pray and stress over how to raise faith-filled children. Your spiritually mismatched home may feel like the wilderness where the children of Israel wandered on their way to the Promised Land. Will they ever make it? What about God’s promises?
     Now the authors of Winning Him Without Words and founders of Spiritually Unequal Marriage offer 10 faith principles you can pass on to your kids. In Not Alone, you’ll find encouragement and inspiration from Scripture and true-life stories from other spiritually mismatched moms. Plus, find practical tips for capturing teachable moments with eternity in mind, and discovery questions to help you grow as a parent.
     This is a parenting book, but it’s much more. It’s a love letter to all mothers—a message that changes our homes, our kids and our lives. It’s about the Father’s love that impacts those around us and changes ordinary moms into women of extraordinary grace, beauty and wisdom. 
     You may sometimes feel you’re on your own when it comes to godly parenting, but Jesus promised to be with you always. You’re not alone!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Regal (October 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830767134
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830767137
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #989,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Vanessa Tang on October 14, 2013
Format: Paperback
***Prepare to Be Made Whole! Life and Healing Jumps Off These Pages from Two Moms Who are Proof That We Were NEVER alone!!!!***

If you, or someone you know, is living a spiritually mismatched life with their spouse, read this!!!! Especially if you have been the primary spiritual parent in the family and have young kids, like I do, you will read and re-read this book! If there is someone in your family in this situation and you want to know how to pray for them or how their hearts are daily before the throne of Abba Father, read this book. Even if you are the parent of an adult prodigal son or daughter and want to know how to press on, read this book.

***You Have a Place in The Church***
In the very first chapter, I cried healing tears! For so long I felt that churches stopped seeing me as a leader in the church because of the different spiritual spectrums in my home. I felt lost for several years not knowing how to serve in the church. But both Lynn and Dineen's testimonies made it clear to me that I DO have a place in the church. I am NOT ALONE. I have much to offer the brokenhearted around me. God is not finished with me yet. Not only does He have a plan for me, as Jeremiah 29:11 states - my spouse and my children "ARE INCLUDED in the spiritual purposes of God!" (1 Cor. 7:12-14) This book showed me clearly how I believed this lie for too long and re-opened my eyes on the vast amount of opportunity there is for me to serve others.

***Do Not Worry for Your Kids!****
There was never a dull moment in the book where I felt bored. I could not put this book down! After the first chapter empowered me, the next one reminded me *why* there is no need to worry for my children! God loves them more than we do!
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This book gets to the heart of raising kids when the parents are not in spiritual agreement. I love that it offers the reader a place to go and get help, support, and encouragement both through the book and the launch of the new Mismatched and Thriving Ministries.

The authors are transparent in this book. There are stories of triumph as well as heartbreak. I laughed. I cried. I related to the experiences these women shared. As I was reading, I learned a lot about parenting – being authentic, intentional, and not having to “do it all”. I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, and this book taught me things that I can do to help my kids build a relationship with our Lord. One of these things is to ask my kids questions like what a particular biblical passage or story teaches us about Jesus. Another thing is the different activities that we parents can do around a holiday that point to Jesus instead of what our commercialized culture wants to teach our kids. After all, our faith is all about a relationship with our heavenly Father, not religion.

I absolutely love the organization of this book. Each chapter starts with a scripture and ends with discovery questions to help the reader reflect on his/her own situation. What a great way to promote spiritual growth! Questions are followed by a prayer that focuses on the chapter. The end of the chapter is about showing respect for the dad (or mom), which is a wonderful example of the love of Christ.

As I read this book, one of the notes I wrote was that the scriptures listed would be excellent material for scripture memory cards. To my great joy, these scriptures were all listed in the second index. Awesome! Overall, I love this book! I definitely plan to read it again.
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I've read tons of women's bible studies and parenting books but this is the first one that has been specifically written for me as an un-equally yoked wife. Not Alone was written by two women that have walked this path and are willing to share every lesson they've learned along the way. The book addresses our most honest questions and deepest fears in a way that's encouraging and never condemning. Each chapter ends with a section of questions that are perfect for individual quiet time or small group discussions. At its core, the book teaches that the most important thing that we can do for our kids is love Jesus with every bit of our being. One of the big lessons for me was that God wants to partner with me to raise my kids and he loves them more than I can possibly imagine. I would encourage every mother to read this one because it contains the most important parenting advice that I have ever received.
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This book is full of refreshing honesty, which you don't find with many christian authors these days. These wonderful, godly women share with us by using personal examples from their own lives. They share their failures and their successes, all the while letting us know that God does see our tears and hear our prayers and understand our heartbreak over trying to raise children in a spiritually mismatched marriage. They recommend what we should compromise on, and what we should stand our ground on, all the while showing respect for the unbelieving spouse. I wish I had this book many years ago. My son, 23, is not a believer, but through reading this book I have hope that my tears and prayers will not go unanswered.
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