As a family member experiences a crisis in their life, how can we be the hands of Jesus to our own family? This book is a toolbox of easy-to-read, practical, and doable ideas that every family member can use. Each chapter is filled with brief descriptions of a relationship and what another did to bring sustaining comfort. The book will quickly provide you with a number of proven ways to be the hands of Christ to those you love. 213 pages, softcover from AMG Publishers.
When my nephew developed leukemia, I had no idea what to say or to do to help my brother and his family. Somehow dealing with family is more difficult than with someone else. I wish I had owned What to Do When You Don't Know What to Say to Your Own Family by Mary Ann Froehlich and PeggySue Wells. Writing in the same style as in their earlier book, What To Do When You Don't Know What to Say, the authors include tips from spouses, parents and children, siblings, extended family, and church family who have helped one another through crises. Taken from the actual words of those who have experienced the help and the trauma of misguided actions in other cases, the book covers a number of situations from the struggles of growing up to the loss of a lifelong mate, financial hardships, or illness.
The authors divide the book into sections on children, teens, spouses, extended family, and church family. They break each section into subsections so it is easy to find material on various relationships. Chapters are broken down into vignettes told by people who found help through a family member's efforts.
This small book offers easy, comfortable reading with scads of practical ideas for helping family members through rough times. Some of the ideas came in handy when a family in my home church lost a child in an accident. I've recommended it to my sister whose best friend has cancer. What to Do When You Don't Know What to Say to Your Own Family is a good reference tool for an individual, family, or church. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
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