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Blended Families An Anthology [Paperback]

By Valerie L. Coleman (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.5" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.58"
Weight:   0.72 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
ISBN  0978606604  
EAN  9780978606602  

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No one can give a better perspective of blended families than one who has a first-hand account. In this eye-opening anthology, a wealth of talent combines with a wealth of experience and the end result is heartwarming, empowering and inspiring! Each offering, be it scripturally based or a slice of the author s own reality, will give the reader a better understanding of what family is really all about. --Kendra Norman-Bellamy, national bestselling author

Publishers Description
With divorce, single-parent households and family crises on the rise, many people are experiencing the tumultuous dynamics of blended or stepfamilies. The disillusioned ex can create a vortex of strife in a new relationship. Amicable encounters can be limited and cumbersome especially when money is involved. Developing a relationship with a child that sees you as the enemy is like trying to run uphill during an avalanche. Vacations, visitations, discipline and even routine daily tasks become strongholds. Learn biblical principles and practical tools to successfully blend your family. Contributors include award-winning Christian authors, Kevin Wayne Johnson, Vanessa Miller and Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress. Edited by Valerie Coleman, this book will minister to the needs of those hurting and crying out for answers.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! As a literary manager, Valerie has assisted hundres of writers in pursuit of becoming published authors. Valerie has a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from GMI Engineering & Management Institute and an MBA from the University of Dayton. Valerie resides in Dayton, Ohio with her husband Graig. They worship at Revival Center Ministries International.

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A most valuable resource  Feb 6, 2007
Reviewed by Louise Landeta for Reader Views (1/07)

The editor's main point is that blended families are challenging, they require awareness of pitfalls and willingness to face them head on with a lot of humility and love.

The editor shares a great deal of her own experience and presents the stories of several other folks who have trod this journey as well. Ms. Coleman courageously bared her soul, revealing the pain she endured in the process of coming to terms with her own blended family. She is a woman of deep faith and exhibits a great deal of spiritual insight throughout the book.

There was much to which I myself could relate in these stories as I, too, took on a blended family 26 years ago. So many of these accounts reminded me of my own experience--the good and not so good. If only a book such as this had been available to me back then. It would have been so helpful and I would not have felt so alone.

Suffice it to say that I find this a most valuable resource. Many are the readers who will be able to benefit from it. In fact, I have promised to send my copy to my son and daughter-in-law for their own consumption. My son married a woman with four children from a previous marriage which he has legally adopted. Subsequently they have had two children together. I believe there is much from which they can benefit within these pages.

"Blended Families" is written from a Christian perspective for a Christian audience. The material could benefit members of other religious traditions equally as well; Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus for example struggle with the same challenges in their own blended families. By tweaking some of the language to make it more inclusive without sacrificing the fact that she is of the Christian tradition, Ms. Coleman could appeal to a wider audience. However, this is her call and it is certainly not necessary if she wants to keep to a smaller group of readers.
Practical Pointers from Poignant Stories  Jan 15, 2007
This is an anthology of heart warming and heart breaking stories that demonstrate the complexities of making blended families work successfully. The anthology includes practical pointers from sources representing every aspect of blended families.

Articles from award winning Christian authors reinforce the importance of the book and strengthen and enhance the principles shared by the other contributors. I was deeply moved by Vanessa Miller's contemporary fiction story based on Biblical Hannah's plea for a child of her own. I also benefited from Kevin Wayne Johnson's challenge to a commitment to fatherhood. Dr. Vivi Monroe Congress presented a working definition of blended families, illustrations from Biblical families, and an excellent summary of God's design and plan for the family.

Editor, Valerie Coleman provided a comprehensive write up of a case study done by Dr. Brenda Mc Kinney, M. S., L. S. W. The study highlighted the idiosyncrasies and innuendos that reflect relationship dynamics in the blended family.

The book also provides Biblical principles and practical examples of things to look for as you find yourself preparing for or already positioned in a single parenting or blended family situation. Money issues, custody of the children, extended families are all important concerns dealt with in this comprehensive, well organized anthology.

The book is a valuable resource, with a Christian emphasis, for anyone contemplating becoming a part of a blended family or already deeply involved in the process of working out these complex relationships. This Anthology is poignant and practical, well articulated, and heart warming.
Splendid!  Jan 10, 2007
Blended Families An Anthology is a splendid book to read. It allows you to understand what to expect when families blend together - the good & the bad. A book you don't want to miss if you are in a blended family situation or not!
A must read for you and me!!!  Jan 4, 2007
Because I was able to relate personally to the short stories, it made me feel less ashamed of some of the experiences I have had having a step mom and step dad. It made me appreciate some of the experiences that I intially felt were not relevant. The book showed me how with The Word of GOD, life experiences are designed to make us better not bitter..good job Valerie
I pray that God will continue to use you and allow you to glorify what HE has done in your life...move forward my sister with Godfidence!!!

Daria Dillard Stone, The Servant
God and the stepfamily  Dec 13, 2006
Valerie Coleman has brought together a diverse and eclectic set of contributors for this anthology of mostly first-hand experiences with blended families--families with kids from previous marriages and relationships, foster kids, grandkids, etc. Most essays concentrate on (1) the hardships and (2) the role their faith in God played in getting through the bad times and appreciating the good times. Recommended for families going through the process of integrating new family members into the whole, or for parents at their wit's end looking for hope.

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