If you’re a grandparent or plan to become one, read this book. Quoting Deuteronomy 6:1-2, which refers to parents and grandparents, authors Stephen and Janet Bly write: “The Bible doesn’t tell us that the Church is to be the primary teacher of faith to the next generation. Rather, it exhorts parents and grandparents to be primary instructors of spiritual education.”
Blys’ book helps grandparents become such “instructors.” Fourteen chapters open with interesting stories about grandparents and include titles such as: “The Power of Loving Long Distance,” “The Power of Your Family History,” The Power of Sharing Spiritual Truth” and “The Power of Praying for Your Grandchildren.”
The authors go so far as to address how to manage interaction if you have one to five grandchildren or anywhere up to 26 or more. They suggest spending a week with each grandchild each year as the ideal. But that depends on the distance between grandparents and grandchildren, the ages of each and other factors. All in all, Blys offer sensible, helpful hints to create lasting family ties with lots of options depending on personal situations.
To help communication across the generations, Blys suggest topics to talk about including your own history. They suggest ways to draw out/pass on talents and skills within a family. They also address special situations, such as requests for babysitting and the strains created by divorce.
The chapter on prayer alone is worth the price of this book, which is $14.99 from the publisher, Beacon Hill Press. Blys suggest a monthly prayer calendar and offer pages of topics to pray about. They also share scripture verses that encourage us in prayer. Parents or anyone nurturing a younger person would benefit from the suggestions found in this book.
Although I’ve been grandparenting for almost 21 years, I gained new ideas and fresh motivation from this book, and I know you will too.