There are times in my life when I just sit in awe of all the blessings I can see. All the blessings that my God sees fit to unsparingly give on a daily basis.
One blessing that I am forever grateful for is the amazing family God has knitted together in my home. It’s 4 of us that make up our ‘official’ family and recently we’ve added a few ‘adopted’ (not officially, but just by God’s doing and me ‘Mommy-ing’ them) young adults.
We eat meals together. Sit and talk.. sit and laugh.. and sometimes sit and pray together. And I am so thankful for all of them.
Having a connected family isn’t always a sure thing. As parents we don’t get a handbook of how to handle every circumstance correctly or how to raise the perfect child. Being a rebellious teenager myself and daughter of a mom who tried her very best to hang onto that rebellious teenager… having a connected family is nothing to take for granted.
The new book by Brad Mathias, Road Trip to Redemption is an honest, tell it like it is/was book that shares the story of what happened in his own family.
He thought everything was fine. Was he busy.. yes, but he thought his family was doing ok. Until the day he and his wife learned that their one daughter was dealing with something she should have never had to deal with nor experience.
Sharing straight from his heart, Brad shares with the reader how God’s grace helped his family not only recover from something very traumatic, but grow stronger and closer because of it.
From Tyndale Books:
Brad Mathias thought everything in his family was fine. A busy, contented dad, he had vaguely noticed that Bethany, his middle child, had become withdrawn and moody, but he assumed it was part of being a “teen” and didn’t look any deeper. Until the night God spoke clearly to Brad and his wife: Ask her to reveal what she has hidden. They did—and learned the secret Bethany had been carrying, one that rocked their family to the core. In a desperate attempt to reach their daughter and to reconnect as a family, Brad and his wife piled everyone into the car and embarked on a wild, crazy, seven-thousand-mile, what-are-we-thinking trip across the country. As they drove, they realized how far apart they’d drifted, found unexpected blessings along the way—and journeyed together from pain and loss to recovery and redemption. In this book, Brad shares stories from the road about God’s grace, gives practical tips on what he learned about reconnecting as a family, invites you to consider your own epic journey as a mother or father, and calls you to trust wholeheartedly in the amazing love God has for your kids.
If you are looking for a wonderfully honest, loving, and truly inspiring book to read about a ‘not so perfect family’ finding God’s grace through an amazing road trip.. check out Road Trip To Redemption.