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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Beyond The Brady Bunch

Here's the story - the real story - about what it takes to make a blended family work.

Any parent who has been through a divorce knows that a blended family is far more messy and complicated than any television show portrays. Leftover anger and lack of trust can make moving ahead an overwhelming challenge.

Beyond the Brady Bunch by Ray and Debbie Alsdorf, was written by a couple that has survived the ups and downs of bringing children from previous marriages together to form a new family.

Ray and Debbie understand the frustration and sense of failure that can often accompany a parent's best efforts. Together, they tell their story and offer perspective on the emotional land mines that can undo the parent-child relationship postdivorce.

Honest yet unfailingly hopeful, their message is clear: God loves families - no matter what they've been through - and wants to take them to a loving future together. Beyond the Brady Bunch can help you get there. (Excerpt from back cover).

My Review:

With this book being especially relevant to me personally I couldn't wait to read this book. My family is that blended family. My husband and I currently share raising a daughter together from a previous marriage of mine and we do struggle with the same issues that are covered in this book.

From how to deal with the Ex-spouses, child custody arrangements, making new family traditions while keeping some of the old ones, and how to deal with discipline make this book well worth reading or for buying for anyone who is dealing with these situations in their own home and wondering if marrying their partner was the right decision after all.

I also see this as a great resource for those families considering marriage that would blend their existing families together to discuss how they will handle some of the situations that will undoubtedly come up.

I was provided with this book compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and would easily rate this a 4.5 out of 5 stars for the resources and guidance it provides in every area a blended family is likely to deal with.

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  1. I too can relate to this story. Although my blended family did not work, it was a life changing experience. Sounds like a good book and an educational one!!!
    Great Review as always.
    You really should get paid to do this sweetie!!!
    Hugs and Love,

  2. Aw...My Word Verification was the word "Sweets".


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