But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! by Kathi Lipp & Carol Boley

But I'm Not a Wicked Stepmother!Most little girls grow up dreaming of being a mom, but hardly any of them dream of becoming a stepmom. Nevertheless, approximately one million new stepfamilies are created every year. 
 
It’s no secret, being a stepmother can be a living nightmare. But it can also be an enriching and rewarding experience—one that God can use to strengthen you, helping you survive and even thrive in the toughest job you never asked for.

Written by two women who are stepmothers themselves—and know the difficulties of helping to raise someone else’s children—this book is filled with down-to-earth insights and advice for stepmothers from stepmothers.
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(Synopsis and cover image via Tyndale House)
Book Details:
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers

Published: March 2015
Genre: Christian Nonfiction / Parenting / Family Life / Humor
Format: Softcover, 240 pages

ISBN: 978-1-58997-801-0
Source: Tyndale Blog Network

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“Don’t worry that you’re being pathetic when you try not to get caught stealing a kiss from your spouse, or when you pray for a time when the kids are out of the house so you can make out on the couch, or when you consider a trip with your husband to the lawn-care section of Home Depot a hot date.

No. You’re not pathetic. You’re in a blended family….”

Where was But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! when I was starting as a stepmother. Living the blended family lifestyle is not easy. It is difficult at best sometimes. And we prepared no one–not ourselves, not our three children, not our hearts.

But Kathi Lipp and Carol Boley have drawn from their own life experiences as stepmoms to write what I would call a manual on being a stepmother to someone else’s children.

Each chapter is filled with honest, down-to-earth helps for anyone, mom or dad, in a stepparent role. Sprinkled throughout with humor, I sometimes found myself laughing at memories of my years of trying to be the good stepmom. The memories weren’t always good ones, but now, through the eyes of Kathi and Carol, I can laugh at what seemed tragic at the time.

The other element they bring to the page is their faith. Scripture verses and prayers are shared to underscore how they approached their individual families’ lifestyles. Even the reader not interested in applying Scripture or faith to their blended family will not be offended by these references.

Kudos to Kathy and Carol on providing a handbook for stepparents!

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Recommendation

I highly recommend But I’m Not a Wicked Stepmother! to those thinking of blending two families. Both families may not include children, but someone will become a stepparent if only one of those families has children. Perhaps you know someone in the throes of settling into blended family life. This would be a perfect gift. Church librarian? You should have this on your shelves. And I’m sure you can think of other options. THIS IS A MUST READ!

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Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed are mine.

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Author Kathi LippKathi Lipp helps women renovate their life with projects for the soul. She is a national speaker and author who inspires thousands each year to take beneficial action steps in their personal, marital, and spiritual lives…. Kathi is the author of The Husband Project: 21 Days to Loving Your Man on Purpose and with a Plan and The Marriage Project: 21 Days to Bring Back the Love, Bring Back the Laughter, Bring Back the Lingerie (coming December 2009)with two more books under contract. In addition, her articles have appeared in Today’s Christian Woman, Bay Area Parent, Focus on the Family, Discipleship Journal, and Christian Parenting Today. (Read more at Goodreads.)

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dividerAuthor Carol BoleyCarol Boley, writer and speaker, loves Jesus, loves people, and loves helping connect the two. She has spent over 35 years ministering to the needs, fears, and joys of a woman’s heart. A journalism graduate of the University of Arizona with a master’s degree from Wheaton College (IL), she is a former newspaper reporter and feature writer and has worked in hospital community relations. Carol has written for a variety of publications, including Guideposts, Focus on the Family, Better Family Living, and Arizona Magazine. Carol and Jim, her husband of more than 30 years, are the parents of three grown daughters. She cheers for the Arizona Wildcats and eats chocolate every day.
(Bio and image via Tyndale House Publishers)

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