Ambushed By Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey
Millions today are caregivers for aging or ailing family members and loved ones, and millions more will join them in the years ahead. Most who must take on this role walk into the job with no training, relatively few skills,...
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Millions today are caregivers for aging or ailing family members and loved ones, and millions more will join them in the years ahead. Most who must take on this role walk into the job with no training, relatively few skills, and tentative hearts, only to be blindsided by stark realities. Caregiving is messy and costly and probably the hardest work you will ever do, says experienced caregiver Shelly Beach. Yet it can also change your heart and transform your life, even as you minister to your loved one's needs, ease their pain, and work at the challenge of setting healthy boundaries. Writing out of her own experience and passion, Shelly offers both practical help and spiritual insights to those facing the challenges of caregiving.
Shelly Beach is founder and director of the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop in Iowa and cofounder of the Breathe Christian Writers Workshop in Michigan. She is the author of Precious Lord, Take My Hand: Meditations for Caregivers and most recently The Silent Seduction of Self-Talk: Conforming Deadly Thought Patterns to the Word of God. She and her husband Dan reside in Rockford, Michigan.
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- <div>acknowledgements<br><br> 1  Dipping Your Hand In The Mason Jar: <i>expectations And Realities Of The Caregiving Journey<br></i> 2  Why <i>kum-bah-yah</i> Is Not Enough: <i>imperatives Of The Double-love Command<br></i> 3  A Man Named Fred And The Power Of Story: <i>seeing Your Loved One Through New Eyes<br></i> 4  Putting The Samsonite In Satan's Hand: <i>unleasing The Power Of Forgiveness<br></i> 5  Meeting Marie In The Mirror: <i>facing The Realities Of The Heart And The Tongue<br></i> 6  Pulling Out The Family Refrigerator: <i>dealing With Guilt And Grime<br></i> 7  Dancing On Fences: <i>building Boundaries<br></i> 8  Swapping Thimbles For A Mack Truck: <i>learning To Be Grace Dumpers<br></i> 9  Caregiving And Patching Our Pumps: <i>cultivating A Spirit Of Joy<br></i>10 Surviving The Landing: <i>jesus' Lessons For Long-haul Caregiving<br></i>11 Epilogue: <i>the Gift Of Growing Up<br><br></i>afterword<br><br>appendix 1: Practical Help For The Caregiver Resource List<br>appendix 2: Should Your Parent Move In With You?<br>appendix 3: Tips For Assessing And Addressing Caregiver Burnout<br>appendix 4: Tips For Phone Conversations<br>appendix 5: A Caregiver's Starter List Of Helpful Tasks<br>appendix 6: Ten Tips For Long-distance Caregiving<br>appendix 7: Tips For Improving Communication With Elderly Loved Ones<br>appendix 8: Suggestions For Creating Shared Stories With Your Loved Ones<br>appendix 9: Tips For Communicating With People With Dementias<br>appendix 10: Suggestions For Decision-making And Compromise<br>appendix 11: Vital Information For Caregivers' Ready Reference<br>appendix 12: Suggestions For Assessing Your Parent's Driving<br>appendix 13: Suggestions For Overseeing Your Parents' Finances<br>appendix 14: Grace And Becoming An Elder<br></div>