Category Caregiving

Faith to Foster

Product DetailsFaith to Foster
By T.J. & Jenn Menn
Abeille Books
Amazon Price:  $14.99

Book Description:  While our country is preoccupied with chasing the American dream, thousands of children long for a family and place they can call home. Foster children live in nearly every community, waiting in silent anonymity for someone to welcome them into their life.

Sometimes all it takes is exposure to prompt change.

Faith to Foster is a candid and vulnerable look into the life of ordinary foster parents TJ and Jenn Menn. It is a comprehensive journey chronicling their decision making process, how the children arrived, the birth parents struggle to rehabilitate, help from friends and family, emotional goodbyes, and how faith in Jesus empowered them through it all. This is a story they wished they d read before starting their foster parenting adventure.

TJ and Jenn share of their experiences and feelings in a way that encourages readers to serve their neighbors. Faith to Foster reminds Christians how God can use them to make a difference in their community. He can strengthen our congregations to change lives and redeem innocent children from harmful situations.

Indeed, Faith to Foster inspires believers to rely on the mighty power of our God as they seek to change their neighborhoods one child at a time.

Review

 This is a very valuable tool for understanding what it is like to be a foster parent and all that is involved with this type of ministry.   It gripped me from the first sentence.   The Menn’s writing is unassuming and there experiences are believable. They just couldn’t make this stuff up. I appreciate that they bust the “Pollyanna Myth” and don’t sugarcoat the experience.  Their candidness helps you to connect with not only the authors but the children as well. This book is an eye-opener, highlighting experiences that will both make you laugh and bring tears to your eyes as they share the ups and downs of fostering children and how God has been with them every step of the way.  It is a must read for anyone in human service work or ministry that involves children.
~Reviewed by Sarah J.
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    Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well

    Living Thoughtfully, Dying Well: A Doctor Explains How to Make Death a Natural Part of LifeLiving Thoughtfully, Dying Well
    By Glen E. Miller
    Herald Press
    Retail Price $12.99
    Amazon Price: $10.48

    Book Description: 

    As we grow older we start to wonder about death, asking, How will I die? Will I have a good death? Will I suffer? How will my family respond? How can we manage the dying process better?Dr. Glen E. Miller, a retired physician who also has theological training, had his own wake-up call when he suffered a heart attack and determined to help himself and his patients go gently into that good night. In a candid way, Miller invites readers into conversation about the spirituality of dying as he explores a variety of beliefs about death and dying.With personal advice gleaned from his work with Mother Teresa among the dying of Calcutta, India, Miller provides rich guidance for those who are aging on the process of dying and how to make it better.

    Review

    Though I’ve been able to avoid end of life issues most of my life, since hit my 50s it seems like I’ve been smacked in the face with death.  My father died, among other close relatives.  I found this book helpful in helping me not only deal with the deaths in my life, but my own mortality as well.  The author gave excellent insight into end of life issues I learned something new in every chapter. Would definitely recommend it to family and friends.  It’s a good book to keep, and to read more than once, or to keep as a reference to look back on after someone is gone to answer questions you may have and didn’t pick up on the first time you read the book.  The author takes a very serious topic and deals with in a fascinating way.

    ~Reviewed by John C.

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