Book Review: Mended by Blythe Daniel and Helen McIntosh – Available 4/9/19

What this book is about: 

This nonfiction, Christian living book focuses narrowly on mending broken relationships between mothers and daughters. Throughout 11 chapters, they illuminate various places that a relational breakdown could occur and then offer practical steps to begin the process of restoration. Every chapter holds a personal story from either Blythe or Helen to accentuate the topic at hand.

What I liked: 

Manageability. Every step suggested was small. Relationships are so complicated and mother/daughter relationships can be even more so simply because of the nature of the relationship. It’s a lifelong, unchosen relationship and nobody is perfect. Decisions made by mom even the earliest years shape daughters, for better or worse, and sometimes the entire relationship can break down. It can feel so overwhelming.

But with this book, every step is small. They give suggestions of what to say, where to start. how to begin.

What I didn’t like: 

In spots, it got a little clunky to read and I struggled in those areas to keep going. It was never an entire chapter, but bits here and there.

Overall thoughts and opinions: 

For anyone – mother or daughter – who is struggling with their relationship, this is a great place to start. I think even if one isn’t a Christian, there are still so many great practical steps in here that begin with love and respect, that it could be useful, no matter the religious preference.

This definitely isn’t a book to race through, but to plod through, one chapter at a time. There’s so much inside that it needs space for reflection and implementation. It’s a book that’s easy to skip around in based on your specific need or circumstance. No matter what level of disrepair your relationship may be in, even if it’s totally severed due to circumstance or death, this book offers hope and a path to healing for all.

I give the book four stars.

4 star rating

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I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.