As a facilitator for parenting classes, I thought this would be insightful. I found honesty and personal accountability regarding the affair and its devastating impact on her children. But I also found excuses. Chuck Swindoll offers an interesting perspective in Christ at the Crossroads about Christian "notables" not being back in the limelight when there are hurting ex-spouses and children. I wonder if Sandi's issues would be better off handled out of the limelight than on the printed page.
I thought this was a great book with some good ideas on how to smooth the blending process. Many of her ideas I had already discovered but some were new to me and it was at least filled with humor and helped me to put things in perspective.
When my counselor suggested this book as a tool in forming my own blended family, I must admit I resisted. Like Sandy and Don, most of us did not plan to find ourselves in blended family setting. "Life in the Blender" is a open and honest book sharing the up and downs of their family. Sandy Patti shares how with God's help and being willing to make mistakes, we can do it successfully. I really appreciate her willing to share from her mistakes as well as successes. This book is a helpful resource for other step families just needed to know they are OK.
I think this book is very helpful to blended families, as well as any big family. Sandi is so real, as well as being open and honest! I just love that! The fact that Sandidescribes her difficult days and her heartache,and then tells about her closeness with her family and savior today, as well as her church, lets the readers know they are not alone and gives them hope and a goal to strive for. She lets people know that everyone has ups and downs and you will have good days as well as bad, but that through it all, our God is there leading you all the way!