What a delightful book! Not delightful as in fun to read, but as in full-of-heart and truth. The book is a blend of Diana Brandmeyer's first person accounts of her and her husband's second marriage (after each was widowed) and Marty Lintvedt's counselor analysis of what was going well and what could be thought through or done better. Diana's retelling had me giggling, tearing up, and wanting to reach out and hug her; Marty's analysis never came across as clinical and had me thinking through my own non-blended family to see what improvements we could make ourselves. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering remarriage, particularly if either spouse has children.
I’m sorry, but a self-help book shouldn’t be so fun, you know, especially when it deals with such an important subject as blended families.
BUT … “fun” describes We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed (A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families) to a “T” for “Terrific” because this book will not only engage, inspire and educate the reader, but it will make them smile as well. Diana Brandmeyer has a gentle wit that comes through in every one of her life vignettes, and co-author Marty C. Lintvedt gives a thought-provoking and professional analysis of each that makes this book a must-read, not only for blended families everywhere, but for anyone related to or friends of blended families. In fact, I highly recommend this excellent guide for anyone even contemplating a marriage that results in a blended family as well as parents everywhere for the sheer fun and wisdom of this excellent book.
It seems like blended families are becoming more and more common these days and with blended families, there can be problems. I suppose you could say that I have a blended family. My husband was widowed with a daughter who is grown and I had never been married before and had no children. Our little family didn’t have to face the same dilemmas as other blended families because my stepdaughter is grown and on her own and I didn’t bring any kids into the marriage, but there have been some obstacles along the way.
Even for someone like me, this book came in handy. Not all of it applied to our situation, but the parts that did were very useful. Blended families with young children all being brought together will find this book invaluable. It is loaded with practical and biblical wisdom that so many families need these days. Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Marty Lintvedt are speaking from experience in this book, not just personal experience, but also professional experience. Both of those things come together to create a book that can really help families cope with being blended, and the humor throughout this book makes it an entertaining book to boot. If you are part of a blended family or are about to be, pick up a copy of We’re Not Blended, We’re Pureed. It will definitely be a big help with making the transition and beyond.
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Review 4 for We're Not Blended...We're Pureed
Wonderful, Helpful Book
Date:August 31, 2011
Diana Lesire Brandmeyer and Marty C. Lintvedt do a masterful job of weaving together Diana's person tales from her life in a blended family with Marty's professional advice as a counselor. The stories are humorous, touching, and true to life. You feel like you're sitting at Diana's kitchen table as she shares her triumphs as woes as a parent. Marty's advice is great - even if you're not part of a blended family. The section on keeping your marriage fresh was very helpful to me and I also appreciated Diana's frank discussion of dealing with a strong-willed child. There are many take-aways in this book for not only blended families, but also adoptive families in their own unique "blended" situation, and for all families in general as there is great parenting and marriage advice.
The publisher provided me with a copy of this wonderful book free of charge for review purposes. I only review books I like.
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Review 5 for We're Not Blended...We're Pureed
A must read for blended families
Date:August 1, 2011
This book addresses a huge need out there for the growing number of blended families that find out it's not quite as easy as the Brady Bunch made it look and wonder how to navigate the minefield of problems blended families must face. Diana's practical experience, combined with co-writer Marty's professional experience, makes this book the perfect blend of ideas, wisdom, comfort, and hope for blended families.