Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - We're Not Blended, We're Pureed

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Book Review - We're Not Blended, We're Pureed

About the Book

American family photos typically feature a mother, father, and the children of their ­­­marriage. But today, instead of perfect family portraits like the Huxtables and Beavers, many modern families resemble the Brady Bunch and the Kardashians.

Over 30 million children live with a stepparent in what many call blended families. Although each family has a unique set of circumstances, everyone faces similar challenges.  Where should you live? Should you change your children’s last names? What about in-laws? Should you have more babies? Who disciplines whom?

The new book, We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureedasks if two families can ever learn to cohabitate in peace. With the help of God, the answer is yes.

Perfect for those who feel like they’ve turned into fairy-tale wicked stepparents, dating couples, newlyweds, pastors, and counselors—this book offers Diana Lesire Brandmeyer’s real-life experiences paired with expert advice from certified professional counselor Marty C. Lintvedt.

Both authors have created an engaging, readable text that is held together with humor and liberally peppered with informative commentary. This matter-of-fact book shows readers that if they’ve ever felt like they’re not cut out for the stepparent job, they are not alone.

Readers will learn:
1.      The pros and cons of changing your children’s last names
2.      How to deal with sibling rivalries
3.      What to do when siblings try to play parents against each other
4.      Why in-laws may resist accepting you or your children
5.      Practical advice on discipline

My Take on the BookThis book is a practical, down-to-earth resource that really hits home with great resources and ideas for pulling together blended families. What I liked most about the book was the way in which the book simply and through a matter-of-fact tone walks the reader through some of the highs and lows of being in a blended family. With more and more blended families becoming a reality, this book is an amazing resource for anyone who finds themselves in this reality.

The two authors made a great team and provided the reader with great insights, through real-life examples and clinical observations. Add on top of this a christian undertone, and you get a book that truly does help families through all aspects of blending together making two one. 

This book is a great addition to any blended family's library or even to your local church's library as I could see this book being a great guide for any pastor who was working with families coming together too.

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Pencildancers said...

Thank you for the great review!
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Donna Conger said...

Yes! I am step mom to 3, mother of 4, and step grandmother to 3! I need this book, and so does my hubby! Thank you for getting this book out there!