A Family Shaped by Grace: How to Get Along with the People Who Matter Most
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With candor and compassion, author Gary Morland helps readers improve even the most difficult family relationships by replacing divisive and hurtful patterns of behavior with an environment of acceptance and grace. Speaking from experience, Gary helps you transform your famiy culture and legacy - starting with yourself.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0800727959
ISBN-13: 9780800727956

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As a teenager, Gary Morland lived in an unhappy, dysfunctional family characterized by addiction and disharmony. When he started a family of his own, he brought with him those same destructive patterns. Yet he sensed there must be a way to have a family shaped by acceptance and grace, a family that was loving, whole, and at peace with one another. The problem was, he didn't know how.

In this life-giving book, Morland shares his journey of discovering the timeless tools of family peace that transformed him and his family. He shows how these tools broke the unhealthy patterns of the family he grew up in and saved his relationship with his wife and two daughters. With refreshing honesty and humility, he helps readers believe that they too can start from where they are right now--no matter how broken--to transform their family culture and their family legacy and to generously offer grace to the people who matter most in their lives.

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Gary Morland is a professional communicator with more than thirty years of radio experience sharing his own life story and helping others share theirs. As a twenty-five-year sober alcoholic, he describes himself as "a guy who should have died but didn't, with a wife who should have left but stayed." If anyone knows the power of grace and forgiveness, it's Gary. He and his wife, Brenda, are the parents of authors Emily P. Freeman and Myquillyn Smith (The Nester). They live in North Carolina.

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  1. Ashley Lluay
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: A Family Shaped by Grace by Gary Morland
    July 13, 2017
    Ashley Lluay
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Your family is designed to be a place of honest vulnerability without rejecton. Disagreements without anger. Foolish mistakes without embarrassment. Failure without shame. The place where they know you best yet love you most. An encouraging place to launch and a soft place to land." (p. 123)

    A Family Shaped by Grace is not only a reminder of the importance of family relationships and how they affect every aspect of our lives but also a practical guide to cultivating those relationships to be stronger. We all desire for our families to be a haven where we will be loved for who we are. But sometimes those relationships become strained or broken. How can we fix them?

    Gary gives us practical tools we can apply to restore and fortify our family relationships. He explains some of the wrong tactics and attitudes we have and how to change them so that we exemplify grace in our families and give them an example that they can follow.

    Some of these tools are: Accept your family and each member unconditionally; accept your role and limits; be genuinely curious and attentive; make sure you hear and are heard; and embrace God's vision or them, not your vision. These are all simple concepts but when actually applied to our family relationships, they will change the way we interact with each other and allow God's grace to flow through us to our families.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who desires to have better family relationships. I really enjoyed the author's vulnerable, honest reflections on what did and did not work in his own family relationships. The tools he shares, although basic concepts, are good reminders of how to live in a way that exemplifies God's grace so that others can follow. I definitely recommend this book!

    I received this book from Baker Publishing in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
  2. Millstreetreader
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    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    How do you treat your own family?
    July 12, 2017
    Millstreetreader
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
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    A FAMILY SHAPED BY GRACE by Gary Morland is subtitled "How to Get Along with the People Who Matter Most," an apt description of the book's major theme. As the author details, those people who we love the most often are the most difficult for us to deal with. Whether it is "old baggage" or simply the fact that we save our best manners and behaviors for work, we often are less than our best at home. For Morland, family dynamics were also influenced by an alcoholic, distant father and then his own alcoholism. He credits his acceptance of Jesus as the turning point. Using a flowing river as a visual device, Morland has written a how-to book about avoiding the rocks of disharmony and discord. The main message that seemed to resonate with me was the call to be caring and patient and giving. As he shows, we have been extended grace, and we are called to offer grace. He also made clear that we should each and every day be considering what role model we are being. Without realizing it, we daily influence other people's lives. Now a grandparent, Morland sees what an influence he can be for his grandchildren, and that really calls to me, too. Our 6 grandchildren are growing up so rapidly and what place we have in their lives is also changing. What we do with our time and money, how we express our faith, the way we treat others or talk about them -- these are aspects of me that I want them to see in a positive way.

    I received a copy of A FAMILY SHAPED BY GRACE by Revell Reads. All opinions are mine.
  3. Natalie
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Practical, Hopeful Guide
    June 12, 2017
    Natalie
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    A Family Shaped by Grace is a practical, hopeful book, one which encourages and equips the reader to take steps toward getting along better with the people who matter most. Gary's voice is compassionate and kind and the tools he provides are useful and useable, especially as he reminds us--in his companionable way--that we can be God's access to our family.
  4. Lisa
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    You Can Have Peace!
    June 6, 2017
    Lisa
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    Gary Morland's new book, A Family Shaped by Grace, is a must read for anyone who desires peace and stability in their family. I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this up - I grew up in a very loving, happy home and wondered if I would be able to relate to the content. But I quickly discovered that I did! Gary's metaphor of a river beautifully describes the bigger picture: my family's past, my family's future, and where I fit into it. Gary weaves his compelling story in with practical steps to improve your own family relationships. I found it to be honest, straight-forward and real - and recommend it to anyone ready to have a family shaped by grace.
  5. Kate
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I didn't even know how much I needed this book!
    June 6, 2017
    Kate
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book helped me see just how influential I can be in shaping the relationships and dynamics of my family. The book includes practical exercises to help you think through and apply the insights to your most challenging relationships. Not only is the author's own story inspiring in its own right, but the wisdom he offers for all families is insightful, practical, and useful.
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