"How many in-law relationships suffer from hurt and unmet expectations? Barbara and Stacy Reaoch have not only shed light on the hard issues, but they have also nailed both the spiritual and practical paths toward a God-glorifying mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship.
A combination of thought-provoking questions and gospel-driven counsel and hope will encourage every mother-in-law and daughter-in-law in loving connections that will help them, as it has helped me. Thank you, Barbara and Stacy, for writing this book that will impact many families for good."
Susie Rowan, Retired Executive Director/CEO Bible Study Fellowship It takes courage and compassion to write about in-law relationships, and Stacy and Barbara Reaoch have managed to demonstrate both. As a daughter-in-law and the mother of three teenage boys, I read Making Room for Her hoping to gain wisdom for both sides of the in-law relationship. I was not disappointed.
Stacy and Barbara have provided a biblical framework, practical help, andperhaps best of allreal-life in-law stories. This book helped me to see that my own story is just one of the many family stories that God can use for his glory and our good; it helped me to understand my own mother-in-laws situation better; and it helped me to anticipate the ways I may be able to serve any future daughters-in-law.
Megan Hill, author, editor at The Gospel Coalition
, pastors wife, mother
"She. Her. Sometimes its too awkward, too strained, too painful to even say her name. Your mother-in-law. Or, your daughter-in-law. How can two women who love the same man have such problems? Well, because they love the same man. I suspect no in-law pairing is as often weighed down with frustrations and griefs as this one. Let Stacy and Barbara help you come humbly before Jesus in this trickiest of all in-law dynamics. Stacy and Barbara both have found grace in the balm of Christ, and share from their own hurts and disappointments, and from their healing and hope, for MILs and DILs alike.
David Mathis, senior teacher, desiringGod.org
; author of Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
We have never seen a book on the mother-in-law and daughter -in-law relationship, but this book is a must read for that relationship, and honestly, it applies to many other relationships as well. The book is stocked with practical wisdom rooted in the Scriptures, and that wisdom is both convicting and encouraging. The Reaochs remind us repeatedly that we are called to love, and that love is forged in the anvil of close relationships, especially family relationships. This book isn't a moralistic call to virtue but is bathed in the gospel since the authors return often to the truth of the gospel, the truth that our righteousness isn't in ourselves but in Jesus Christ crucified and risen. The Reaochs teach us that the Lord can give joy in hard relationships and that there is always room for growth in love, which propels us to rely on the grace of God every day.
Tom and Diane Schreiner,
Thomas R. Schreiner is Associate Dean and James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
"We serve a loving, creative Master Artist who paints his storyhis life-transforming gospel of redemptionon many different canvases. So we can expect, as Stacy and Barbara do so beautifully in Making Room for Her
, that he will use the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law "canvas" to display more of himself. And isnt that the hope we need as we seek to love one another as he has first loved us? I look forward to recommending this rich and practical book to many women."
Kristen Wetherell, wife, DIL, and author of Humble Moms
"If you've ever left a holiday gathering miffed that your traditions were ignored or changed . . .
If you've ever felt like a stranger sitting at a dining room table filled with familiar faces . . .
If you've ever looked at your husband and said "Your mom is so frustrating!" . . .
If you've ever felt like you were going to scream when your in-laws handed out parenting adviceMaking Room for Her
is for you. All relationships are complex. In-law relationships can be especially so. In a tone that is equal parts wise and understanding, Mother-in-law/Daughter-in-law authors Barbara and Stacy Reoach don't sugar coat the challenges of merging a family but they quickly point you to God's Word which offers hope and practical guidance for even our most complex relationships."
Erin Davis, writer and Bible teacher
Most pre-marital counseling materials dont offer a lot of preparation for navigating future in-law relationships. But they should, as our in-laws become a huge part of our lives after we say "I do." Barbara and Stacy Reaoch fill this void with Making Room For Her
. As I read, I thought of countless womenmyself included!who would benefit from each chapter. For any new bride or mother-in-law who wants to get this relationship right, this is a must read. The stories, biblical grounding, and years of wisdom in these pages will serve both in-laws well.
Jen Oshman, womens ministry director, church planters wife, podcaster, and author of Enough about Me
and Cultural Counterfeits
As a young wife in a new season of life, I read Making Room for Her
at the perfect time. This book is filled to the brim with biblical wisdom, stories of hope, and a message of grace that will deeply encourage the mothers- and daughters-in-law who read it. I'm grateful for all that Stacy and Barbara have so thoughtfully and humbly shared and am excited to see its impact in my own in-law relationship.
Jaquelle Crowe Ferris, author of This Changes Everything
and Age of Minority podcaster
"Do you have a mother-in-law or daughter-in-law? Will you be one someday? Making Room for Her is a true gift to women who must navigate the often-tenuous relationships between mothers-in-law and daughters-in-law. Through Biblical wisdom and personal lived experience, Barbara and Stacy Reaoch share how in-law relationships can flourish when communication and conflict are approached with kindness, consideration, and love.
In-law relationships dont have
to be sources of hurt when we make room for one another. This book will be a blessing to every bride and every mother of the groom!"
Glenna Marshall, author of The Promise is His Presence
and Everyday Faithfulness