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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 www.FindingGodDaily.com, www.TheChristianPulse.com, and www.ThinkingAboutSuicide.com. She offers free help for writers at www.ButtsAboutWriting.blogspot.com.
Dianne is a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association (www.AWSA.com), Christian Small Publishers Association (www.christianpublishers.net), and Christian Motorcyclists Association (www.CMAUSA.org).
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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. The only thing that puzzled me was the connection between the "Grandparents in the Bible" section within each chapter and the current grandparent story in each chapter. Even though they didn't necessarily match up, I realized as I read through the chapters that they emphasized the importance of grandparents' roles as seen in the lineage of Christ Jesus. For this reason, even though I was puzzled at first, I recognized its significance in the book and feel it added an unexpected dimension to the whole.
The authors of Grandparenting through Obstacles maintain an ongoing blog with additional resources for grandparents ([...]). The book, Grandparenting through Obstacles, can be purchased as a paperback copy or as an ebook.
Although I was given a free ebook copy of Grandparenting through Obstacles in return for a review, I quickly realized that I would prefer to read it in hardcopy, and since it was on a topic that is dear to my heart, I did not mind paying for it. This book is one of several I have reviewed through the BookCrash Review Program. I was free to give either a positive or negative review. The opinions expressed are my own.
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.
Whether you are a new Nana or Poppa, or a seasoned one you really will find some innovative ideas along with easy studies of biblical grandparents in this diverse collection of grandparent's stories.
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