Family Resources

We know that family dynamics changing and evolving can be challenging. We have compiled a list of resources for you to help. These are recommendations from previous clients, friends, family & personal experiences. 

Divorce

Author: Lysa Terkeurst

You deserve to stop suffering because of what other people have done to you.

Have you ever felt stuck in a cycle of unresolved pain, playing offenses over and over in your mind? You know you can't go on like this, but you don't know what to do next. Lysa TerKeurst has wrestled through this journey. But in surprising ways, she’s discovered how to let go of bound-up resentment and overcome the resistance to forgiving people who aren’t willing to make things right.

Author: Mira Kirshenbaum 

Mira Kirshenbaum provides expert guidelines that are the key to making all your choices, concrete steps that you can implement right now, and the ultimate way to determine your personal bottom line—what you need to be happy. This remarkably insightful and probing guide offers advice that lets you see the truth about your relationship—and with wisdom and compassion, it helps you act with the confidence of knowing that whether you decide to go or stay, you are doing the very best thing.

Author: Abigail Trafford 

There is nothing easy about the breakup of a marriage, from coping with loss and failure to dealing with the uncertainty of the future. In this intelligent and insightful book, Abigail Trafford charts this emotional journey, identifying the common phases in the evolution from marriage to separation to divorce, and eventually to a new life.

Step Parenting

Author: Maryann Karinch and Trevor Crow Mullineaux

Blending Families responds to the need for a book that explores step-parenting by starting with the marriage as the central relationship in a new blended family unit. Just as you are better able to help your child in an airplane emergency if you put your oxygen mask on first, you are better able to blend two families if you take care of the marriage first.

Author: Gary Chapman and Ron L Deal

Blended families face unique challenges, and sadly, good intentions aren’t always enough. With so many complex relationships involved, all the normal rules for family life change, even how you apply something as simple as the five love languages.

Author: Ron L Deal

Leading stepfamily expert Ron Deal offers a revised and expanded edition of his signature resource, which addresses key concerns and practical issues facing every stepfamily.

Adoption

Author: Dr. Karyn Purvis

Parenting under the best of circumstances can be difficult. And raising children who have come to your home from “hard places,” who have their own set of unique needs, brings even more challenges. You may have discovered that the techniques that worked with your birth children are not working with your adopted or foster child.

Author: Russell Moore
The doctrine of adoption―God’s decision to adopt sinful men and women into his family―stands at the heart of Christianity. In light of this, Christians’ efforts to adopt beautifully illustrate the truth of the gospel. In this popular-level and practical manifesto, Russell Moore encourages Christians to adopt children and to help other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who have struggled to have children. Rather, it’s about an entire culture within evangelicalism―a culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself.

Author: Karen Springs

Adoption is a tangible way for families to live out their faith in God and fight social injustice. But is a heart to serve enough to help these families overcome the challenges they will face? After more than fourteen years of working in the orphan care and adoption advocacy world, author Karen Springs set out on a road trip across the US to explore what happens after adoptive families bring their children home and real life begins. Using her own experiences and those of the 63 adoptive families she interviewed, Karen unpacks the lessons we all can learn through the brokenness and beauty of adoption. In this poignant and touching book you’ll discover that your family is not alone in the challenges of the adoption journey, surprising treasures can be found in the harder aspects of adoptive parenting and gaining a rearview mirror perspective of the lesser discussed aspects of adoption can better prepare you for the road ahead. This is a road trip you won’t want to miss! Adoptive parents around the globe are saying this is a 'must read' for anyone on the adoption journey.