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Elizabeth Oates is no stranger to a dysfunctional family. She may look like the quintessential soccer mom now, but her childhood was full of uncertainty, abandonment, and many very dark days. Without a positive role model, an emotionally stable family member, or a consistent community, she had to forge her way ahead just to survive day to day. It wasn't until she was preparing for a family of her own that she began to learn the lessons that would lead to a more hopeful future for herself, her husband, and her children.
Now she shares those lessons with other women struggling to create healthy families despite their own unhealthy family foundations. Through introspective and probing questions, Mending Broken Branches guides the reader to accept her past, understand her present, and find a vision for her future. The interactive design includes space to work through the journaling prompts provided, as well as extra-wide margins for notes of reflection while reading.
With the gentle voice of a trusted mentor, Elizabeth encourages and equips women to cultivate strong, flourishing, God-honoring lives, and to break the cycle of dysfunction.
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 9.50 X 7.00 (inches)|
Family Life Coaching by Millie5 Stars Out Of 5An Amazing Tool for My BusinessJanuary 22, 2018Family Life Coaching by MillieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Having read Mending Broken Branches, I can say I would highly recommend this for families strugging to establish a strong foundation. This is a book for anyone wanting to move into the future healed from brokenness of thr past. God speaks through this amazing author!
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good for wivesJanuary 21, 2018bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 3Growing up in a dysfunctional family is common. Learning how to live an emotionally healthy life now may not be so common. Oates desires that readers would be able to grieve the past, be equipped to deal with the present, and be encouraged to build a healthy future.
The section I appreciated most in this book was that dealing with the past. She helps us understand how our memories shape our identity and our view of God. She helped me identify triggers from the past and baggage I am lugging along. She has teaching and questions for reflection to help us uproot the patterns of dysfunction. She writes about good coping skills, boundaries, conflict management, forgiveness, and much more.
One of Oates's passions is marriage. Much of the content of the teaching on the present and the future deal with marriage and family relationships. As an unmarried woman, I found that focus rather narrow and would have liked broader teachings in those areas. I did like how she handled submission in marriage. She suggests one's husband enter into the discussion if he is willing. I also liked her section on communication, learning ways to communicate other than one's family used.
I do recommend this book to wives who desire to understand the influence of their birth family and build a healthy marriage relationship and family. You'll be asked to answer lots of questions with plenty of space in the book to record answers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 510 out of 5 starsJanuary 19, 2018ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Mending Broken Branches is a powerful bible study and devotional wrapped in one. Because of the flexibility of the lessons it can be self-paced or done in a group setting. I was excited to work through the book and have found it to be a worthwhile study that offers counseling, wisdom and biblical application.
The book addresses the heavy topic of family hurts, but it does not play the blame game. Rather it dissects issues into individual passages of time, Past, Present and Future and further breaks those down into chapters addressing specific issues.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It is an exceptional tool in healing the wounds of family dysfunction.