We’re giving away an unopened boxset of
The Barna Frames series
A 9 book series on critical issues facing churches today.
Authors include Carol Howard Merritt, Bob Goff, Nicole Baker Fulgham, Jon Tyson, MORE
|A Review of
By M. Daniel Carroll R.
Reviewed by Laretta Benjamin.
[ EDITOR’S NOTE: Although this book is about three years old now, we didn’t give it a proper review when it came out, and with the coming No Longer Strangers conference on the Church and immigration that we will be hosting, we wanted to take this opportunity to review it…]
Qué el Señor nos illumine y otorgue entendimiento. May the Lord illumine us and grant us understanding is the prayer the author prays in the opening pages of his writing. I would be so bold as to add “and all the people said, Amen”. Oh that we as God’s people truly had those renewed minds and hearts Scripture speaks of, then we might actually begin to see things as God sees them and not as they are colored by our nationalities, our cultures and our personal agendas. Christians at the Border is an incredible encouragement to God’s people to be a reflection of the wisdom of God and the humility, grace and mercy demonstrated in Christ in the midst of all the immigration rhetoric.
A Brief Review of
Working with Aging Families:
Therapeutic Solutions for Caregivers, Spouses and Adult Children.
Hardback: W.W. Norton ,2010.
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Reviewed by Jennifer Price.
As our population includes many more people over the age of 65, we are forced to address the question of how do we take care of aging people? Our little nuclear families are not always equipped to take care of aging parents and more often other support is needed, physically, mentally and spiritually. Our families often include step-children and step-parents in a mobile culture which add to the complexity of caring for our families. This book provides resources for counselors and therapists in navigating the golden years in the outpatient realm.
In order to get a grasp on this challenge, one must start with understanding the family dynamics and the transitions that older people make. This book offers help in the aging process in the earlier years of aging, as well as the later years. It offers examples of families who sought out therapy, with challenges such as, how to communicate with a family member or spouse who has MCI (mild cognitive impairment) or lessons in communication in marriage counseling for the later years. Piercy suggests, that addressing these challenges sometimes involves psycho-educational seminars at a senior community center for those reluctant to see a therapist. She offers several vivid examples of therapy sessions that demonstrate how people learn to cope, problem solve, and give resources. Her research is thorough; in coordinating the care of the elderly person’s families she provices resources for various contexts, both urban and rural. This can ease the stress placed on families in such situations. Many times the children of elderly parents like to reciprocate the care they once received, but with health issues it can still be taxing to the caregivers. Piercy explores complex family situations such as elderly parents who have a developmentally disabled adult child for whom they provide care. Another complexity, which is happening more often, is grandparents who are taking care of grandkids whose parent is absent.
Through reading this book these problems are addressed with lots of counseling interventions and resourceful examples for families that are described in a practical manner. WORKING WITH AGING FAMILIES is a good resource for church families as we seek to care for both our birth parents as well as our older brothers and sisters in Christ.