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Blended Families: Creating Harmony as You Build a New Home Life [Paperback]

By Maxine Marsolini (Author)
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Blended families-those formed as the result of divorce and remarriage, with children to nurture-were once a novelty. Today, this model is widely recognized as "the new American family." More than half of Americans today have been, are now, or will eventually be in one or more step-situations. Studies by The National Institute of Child and Human Development indicate that in the new millennium, more of us will be living in stepfamilies than in nuclear family structures.

Yet the blended family is more than just one of the fastest-growing forms of family life; it may also be the most difficult. Research shows that nearly 60 percent of these unions do not survive, and a startling number fail to make it past the first two years. Why?

* Find out what causes blended families to fail-or succeed.

* Put an end to the "revolving door" of marriage.

* Learn to deal with unexpected emotions, such as rejection, blame, rage, and jealousy.

* Gain insights on how adults and kids can process difficult transitions.

Blended Families is a great resource for anyone involved in a stepfamily situation. Also a perfect book for small group studies or Christian counseling.

1. And There Came a Lion
2. From Naivet'e to Reality
3. Building a Primary Family Unit
4. Let's Look Back
5. When Anger Rules
6. Who's In Charge?
7. Children in the Midst of Change
8. The Impact of Money
9. The Influence of Guilt and Shame
10. Armed With Attitude
11. One More Blessing
12. Making the Best of It
Epilogue: A Closing Perspective

"Nearly 50 percent of Americans have been, are now, or will eventually be in one or more step-situations during their lives."

When the wedding bells stop ringing and day-to-day living begins in the "ready-made" family, the impact of two separate family structures begins to occur. As two family units come together, they often find a collision course rather than a rose-strewn path. It is crucial to the survival of these families that they learn how to bring unity out of diversity.

Maxine Marsolini's new book, Blended Families, reveals that God does have a plan for healing the brokenness so often present in blended families. "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future,'" (Jeremiah 29:11). God's plan is to give blended families a future full of hope.

A blended family is a unique type of family with very different

Publishers Description
When re-married couples bring their families together, they face unique challenges. Somehow, they must bring unity out of diversity. Maxine Marsolini points to biblical solutions to the conflict commonly found in divorce and remarriage situations. 'Growth and Application' questions make this an excellent resource for small groups or Christian counseling.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.98" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.65"
Weight:   0.95 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 10, 2000
Publisher   MOODY PRESS BOOKS #13
Edition  New  
ISBN  0802430562  
ISBN13  9780802430564  

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More About Maxine Marsolini

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! MAXINE MARSOLINI is a free-lance writer, author, poet, pastor s wife and homemaker. Maxine, author of "Raising Children in Blended Families: Helpful Insights, Expert Opinions, True Stories" and "Blended Families: Creating Harmony as You Build a New Home Life," writes from what she calls wisdom born of pain through the difficult soil of a blended home. She and her husband Charlie, reside in the state of Oregon where they serve in ministry together working with couples who are struggling with relationship and financial issues. Maxine and Charlie have seven children in their blended family."

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Reviews - What do customers think about Blended Families?

Good Advice and Useful Help  Mar 27, 2007
This is an older book but still relevant to the challenge of forming a new family after divorce and remarriage. Good advice, well written, easy to read. I would also recommend my favorite book in this category, written by family counselors and authors Dr. David and Lisa Frisbie. It's the best book I've seen for blended families and it is called Happily Remarried: *Making Decisions Together *Blending Families Successfully* Building a Love That Will Last
A Faulty Premise  Feb 20, 2007
I'm sure my point of view won't be popular in this forum but the author needs to make the point that what would be MOST beneficial to the children is to forego remarriage until all the kids are grown. Coming from a blended family myself, I must conclude that there is no valid reason to put the kids through "wisdom through the pain". I had a miserable childhood in a blended family but setting that aside, there is NOTHING Biblical about revolving spouses through the household.
This book is AWESOME!!
I can't think of a better book to put into the hands of relatives or friends that are intertwined in a blended family position. It's honesty and encouragement make it a MUST have.
I believe that this is a book that will benefit the entire family.
Packed with encouragement, possiblities, and truth. It's wonderful to see a book finally written with a biblical point of view on this subject. This author nailed it! This subject is a "touchy" one and yet MUST be discussed in order for all families to heal and unite!
I would highly recommend this book & workbook to all that are in blended situations like us.
Great Book  Jun 5, 2004
I think this book is awesome even for couple's who have never been married before--as they are also making a Blended Family

Bringing what they learned in their Family of Orgin's into a new family--it will open their eye's to habit's formed in their childhood families that aren't biblical--habit's that can destroy a new marriage--

restored and healed my relationship  Mar 18, 2000
after reading this book i came away with a definite feeling the author has had her own personal experiences with a blended family. She speaks from a point of her pain caused by her divorce and remarriage. seven children were involved her, his, and theirs. WOW! every situation you can imagine was encountered and experienced. i found there experience something we all can learn from, without the first hand experience of our own. Thank you Lord for using Maxine as your minister in this area of relationships that is so needed today.

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