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30 Days of Hope When Caring for Aging Parents (Gifts of Hope) Paperback – May 21, 2018
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Kathy opens with a brief introduction sharing caregiving experiences of her husband’s parents and her own. Then each of the 30 chapters begins with a Scripture passage, progresses through two pages of content relating the passage to caregiving, and ends with a short prayer.
Topics include how to still honor your parents when you’ve switched roles, “ugly emotions,” “losing them before they’re gone,” keeping peace with family members in the midst of differing opinions, forgiveness, perseverance, guilt, God’s grace in our weakness, and many others.
One point Kathy made that impacted me was that when we experience regret (over anger, impatience, or whatever), after we confess it to the Lord and receive forgiveness, we can release feelings of guilt and shame. God’s goal for those feeling is “repentance, restoration, and renewed usefulness (2 Corinthians 7:8-11). God never uses our past mistakes as a weapon against us. Instead, He desires to use them as a catalyst for our personal growth and change” (p. 65).
Another point I wish I had thought of was helping our parents deal with what they’re going through: loss of independence, failing bodies, upheaval in their living situation, death of plans and dreams, inability to participate in activities that have always brought them pleasure before, adjustments to new situations. By sharing God’s Word and truth with them, in a sympathetic rather than a preachy way, we can encourage their faith and help them renew their hope.
The format of this book is not an exhaustive treatise, but rather a friend sharing help, support, and information.
When you’re in the midst of caregiving, there is nothing quite like talking to or hearing from another caregiver who understand by experience all that’s involved. Kathy’s book provides that fellowship and encouragement and always points to the God of grace.
The author does a great job at offering help and understanding in these areas. She starts each day with a prayer and she ends each day with a reflection question and a prayer.
I would recommend this to anyone who cares for the elderly in any way. The author offers such wisdom on how to deal with these areas and also help the elderly keep some dignity as they grow old. Oh that one day I would have the someone extend to me the grace, tenderness, and honesty she talks about.