Marriage & Family

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Premarital Preparation

We recommend a premarital preparation class for every engaged couple at River Valley!

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Marriage Mentoring

We desire for your marriage to be all that God intended it to be!

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Vision For Your Marriage Guide Booklet

Why does our marriage need a vision? How do we create a vision for our marriage?

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Grace Based Foster Parenting

This seminar is based on the best-selling book Grace Based Parenting by Dr. Tim Kimmel and is tailored to the specific needs of foster and adoptive parents.

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Adoptive Parent Toolbox

The Adoptive Parent Toolbox is a resource for anyone who is considering adoption, going through the process again, or is curious about the ins and outs of the journey.

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Adoption Roadmap

Have you ever wondered how, or where, to begin the adoption journey? Maybe you have some burning questions that have yet to be answered? In this series, Mike and Kristin Berry walk you through some crucial first steps you must take when you are first beginning, or continuing, your adoption journey.

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Foster Parenting Essentials

This book was written from experience to prepare for common, unanticipated situations while providing explanations and solutions to normal events that occur in foster care. Humor and personal examples are mixed in for reinforcement. This is an easy read that should benefit anyone entering the childcare profession.

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Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey

Kristin Berry tells her family's adoption story honestly, and does not shy away from the challenges she and her family has faced, including isolation and depression. Written with her son's blessings, in the hopes that others will learn about and understand what it is like to live with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS) and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders FASD.

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Visionary Parenting

Through this Visionary Parenting series, you will be inspired from the Bible to catch a fresh vision of God's purpose for your family. You will be inspired to build faith and character in the hearts of your kids.

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Help and Hope for the Single Parent (Kingdom Agenda (Moody Publishers)) Paperback – March 1, 2014

No doubt being a single parent is very difficult, but there is also hope and joy that comes in this season. Dr. Evans gives you the encouraging reminder that you are not alone! God can—and will—help you live a satisfying life and succeed in parenting. There is hope and help for the single parent; discover it today.

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The Unseen Companion: God With the Single Mother

As a former single mother, Michelle Lynn Senters understands you could use a little soul nourishment. In the Unseen Companion, she explores the ten needs every single mother has and asks, “God, where are you in this?”

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Legacy Grandparenting Summit 2017

The Legacy Grandparenting Summit is a national conference for today's Christian grandparents who want to be inspired and equipped to pass their faith on to their grandchildren.

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Effective Parenting in a Defective World

n this day and age, children face a far more defective world than the children of previous decades. Everyday they are bombarded with the pressures and influences of drugs, sex, and violence. Often, parents feel helpless when the corrupt principles of this defective world seem to contradict every godly principle they try to instill in their children. But the truth is, God has a plan for effectively raising your children and you can learn it.

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The Lifegiving Parent: Giving Your Child a Life Worth Living for Christ

In The Lifegiving Parent, respected authors and parents Clay and Sally Clarkson explore eight key principles―heartbeats of lifegiving parenting―to shed light on what it means to create a home where your children will experience the living God in your family.

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Loving Our Kids on Purpose: Making a Heart-to-Heart Connection

You CAN raise good kids! Loving Our Kids on Purpose combines the principles of the Kingdom of God and revival to form a powerful strategy for parents.

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From Broken Vows to Healed Hearts: Seeking God After Divorce Through Community, Scripture, and Journaling

This unique book covers topics such as depression, loneliness, forgiveness, and even joy. Each of the twelve chapters includes five days of devotionals and journaling questions. You'll learn to maintain optimism for healing, to be patient with the time recovery takes, to be committed to community, and, above all, to seek God. With Mitchell's wise reassurance, you'll discover that brokenness is a stage, not an identity.

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Geriatric Care Managers Can Help Busy Caregivers

Geriatric care management is a rapidly growing field in the elder care industry. As most caregivers know, researching and coordinating all the care options and resources available for aging loved ones is a never-ending process.

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Ambushed By Grace: Help and Hope on the Caregiving Journey

Caregiving is probably the hardest work you will ever do. Yet it can also change your heart and transform your life. Experienced caregiver Beach offers practical help and spiritual insights to those facing the challenges of caregiving.

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The Caregiving Season: Finding Grace to Honor Your Aging Parents

Caring for elderly parents is challenging. It’s a season of life that requires grace and strength that can only come from God. In The Caregiving Season, Jane Daly shares personal caregiving stories, offering practical advice to help you honor your aging parents well and deepen your personal relationship with Christ along the journey.

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Never Forsaken: God’s Mercy in the Midst of Miscarriage

Author Kathryn Ziegler Weber wants to break the silence about miscarriage. Through vignettes from real women, she and the brave women who shared their stories bring God's Word into reader's unspoken story of grief, providing comfort and reassurance.

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Grace Like Scarlett: Grieving with Hope after Miscarriage and Loss

Though one in four pregnancies ends in loss, miscarriage is shrouded in such secrecy and stigma that the woman who experiences it often feels deeply isolated, unsure how to process her grief. Her body seems to have betrayed her. Her confidence in the goodness of God is rattled. Her loved ones don't know what to say. Her heart is broken. She may feel guilty, ashamed, angry, depressed, confused, or alone.

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It Is Well with My Soul: Meditations for Those Living with Illness, Pain, and the Challenges of Aging

Living with chronic illness, growing older, or facing the end of life can be a frightening experience. It is Well with My Soul helps readers explore biblical perspectives on issues associated with some of life’s most difficult stages. Focusing on living life as a care receiver, this collection of short meditations helps enhance the reader’s understanding of God’s purposes in situations of suffering. With engaging narrative, personal experience stories, and the use of humor, the author encourages the reader to find hope in Jesus. This insightful devotional provides readers with scripturally integrated prayers, reflective questions, and space to journal.

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The Smart Stepfamily 2019

When stepfamily life gets tough, remaining dedicated to your commitment is a day-to-day decision. In this 8-part series, Ron Deal gives couples the seven fundamental steps to blended family success and provides practical, realistic solutions to the issues you face as a stepfamily. Discover useable solutions for everyday living, practical tips for raising stepkids, and ways to strengthen the couple's marriage.

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Heart of Remarriage

Too often, couples enter remarriage unaware of and unprepared for the challenges stepfamily life will bring. The Heart of Remarriage helps couples heal from the inside out rather than offering surface suggestions that may change circumstances but not the lives of couples and their families.

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