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25 Days of Thriving Through Christmas: An Advent Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Parents Paperback – October 23, 2017
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With the adoption of 4 children from Ukraine our family grew to 8 kids. Homeschooling, decorating, shopping, wrapping, baking, and a calendar full of extra activities often made for a less-than-joyful holiday. Christmas sadly felt like a let down when my heart's desire was to focus on Jesus - the reason for the season, but I felt like I barely survived the season. Until now! Kathleen Guire's 25 Days of Thriving Through Christmas is a holiday miracle! This devotional helps me to focus on the real meaning of Christmas while keeping in perspective the unique needs of a family filled with kids from hard places. Now I don't just hope to survive the holidays - with this devotional in hand - I plan to Thrive!
Sandra Flach: adoptive mom, Ex. Dir. of Justice For Orphans, host of the radio program Orphans No More, and ETC Parent Trainer.
"The advent devotional book, 25 Days of Thriving through Christmas: An Advent Devotional for Adoptive and Foster Families, provides an insightful, practical and encouraging resource for parents navigating the advent season. The book fills a void for adoptive and foster families as to ideas and guidance of not just surviving the Christmas season with children who have come from different backgrounds/experiences but to "thriving" during the season. With applicable daily Scripture readings to practical suggestions, this tool for helping families will become an annual tradition!" - Kimberly Taylor, Adoptive Parent
"In 25 Days of Thriving through Christmas, Kathleen Guire delivers nuggets of truth & encouragement. It is written to minister to foster & adoptive families as they help their child from hard places have a successful Christmas. Not necessarily success in the eyes of the world, but success in what's most important this time of year, a Christ-centered Christmas." ~ Monica Stuart, Frame Ministries
From the Inside Flap
25 Days of Thriving Through Christmas, is a unique tool to help adoptive families throughout the busy and often hectic holiday season, especially as it focuses on specific needs that children impacted by trauma can experience. Adoptive families have unique challenges, which often become magnified during the holidays. Kathleen's experience as an adoptive mother has enabled her to provide an insightful perspective that many other adoptive families can relate too. She does this in a way that also incorporates specific scripture that connects very well to the concept of adoption. This spiritual connection can help families reflect on the adoption story of Christ, as a way to help their family bond and form traditions through their own adoption stories. Parents will be able to read along on a day to day basis and reflect on their own experiences, while reading encouraging words from a fellow adoptive parent. The tips that Kathleen suggests offers comfort for adoptive families as they learn how to best navigate through the holiday season in ways that fit the specific needs of their child and their family as a whole.
Molly McCartney MSW, LICSW, CTT
Psychotherapist/Adoption Therapist and Adoptive Parent
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