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We're Not Blended - We're Pureed Paperback – July 1, 2011
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Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, an accomplished author with a background in education and psychology, reflects on her experiences as a widowed mom with two sons who married a widowed dad with a son of his own. Now, with a few years of perspective, she uses the narrative of her experience to help others better navigate the issues that arise in a new family. Diana's credits include My Devotions, The Metro East Family Gazette, Little Visits Family Devotions and The Lutheran Witness. She is the author of A Time to Dance, Mystery of the Smithton Necklace, and The Trouble with Ralph. Diana received her degree from Webster University, and lives in Southern Illinois with her family.
Marty Lintvedt, Diana's friend, is a licensed professional counselor (MO) who is nationally certified counselor and a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors and the International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors. Their engaging, readable book is held together with humor, liberally peppered with informative commentary, and includes clinically sound informational sidebars and proven communication tools.
Lintvedt received her bachelor's degree in music from California State University Long Beach in 1979, and her Master of Arts degree in Professional Counseling from Lindenwood University, St. Charles, MO., in 1995. Mrs. Lintvedt has worked in counselor education since 1996. She is a nationally approved clinical supervisor and a registered clinical supervisor for the state of Missouri, and site supervisor to Master's and doctoral level student interns from Washington University, Covenant Seminary, Lindenwood University, St. Louis University and University Missouri-Saint Louis.
Marty is coordinator of Dispelling the Darkness, a Family Enrichment Series sponsored by Blessed Savior Lutheran Church, O'Fallon, Illinois. This series provides psycho-educational and therapeutic support to families and individuals in Southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metro area.
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The chapters cover a wide range of topics from the wedding that joins families at the beginning to discipline, changing last names, adopting each other's kids, and the day to day adjustments to blended family life. This is all done from a Christian perspective and includes inspirational Bible verses at the end of each chapter.
Compared to other books I've read about stepfamilies, the thing that makes this one different is its dual approach. Each chapter begins with Diana Lesire Brandmeyer relating her account of various events. She approaches her stories plainly and honestly to show how things were for her- how she felt, her fears, her stumbling blocks. Then the second half of each chapter is written by her friend Marty C. Lindtvedt, a certified professional counselor. Marty breaks down Diana's stories to interpret what may have been going on in the minds of the children and offers advice for dealing with such scenarios.
Brandmeyer and Lindtvedt's combined approach makes for a well-rounded look at stepfamily life.
I recommend this book for parents of blended families, particularly newly blended or soon-to-be blended families.
BUT ... "fun" describes "We're Not Blended, We're Pureed (A Survivor's Guide to Blended Families)" to a "T" for "Terrific" because this book will not only engage, inspire and educate the reader, but it will make them smile as well. Diana Brandmeyer has a gentle wit that comes through in every one of her life vignettes, and co-author Marty C. Lintvedt gives a thought-provoking and professional analysis of each that makes this book a must-read, not only for blended families everywhere, but for anyone related to or friends of blended families. In fact, I highly recommend this excellent guide for anyone even considering a marriage that results in a blended family as well as parents everywhere for the sheer fun and wisdom of this excellent book.