"This book stands out like a lion among alley cats."
editor of Servant magazine
Some say courage is fear that has said its prayers.
Bobbi may be married with two grown children, but the child inside still fears and resents the attacks and tirades of her ninety-year-old mother, now afflicted with dementia. While still a teenager, Bobbi was disowned by her mother. How can she now take on the role of caregiver?
Bobbi seeks escape from the task, but gradually realizes that Jesus has a greater goal in mind than teaching her to be a caregiver. Crisis after crisis forces Bobbi to turn to Jesus for help, all the while testing to see if his promises can be taken literally. Is he in charge? Will he work things out? Is his plan perfect?
Nancy's erratic behaviour and moods punctuate the ensuing year. Stripped of any illusion that she can cope on her own, Bobbi finds her faith rewarded in unpredictable ways. Her journey of anxiety and failure also comes with insights and small but important victories. She tells the story candidly, often humorously, as she comes to a deeper understanding of dementia, her mother, and most of all, Jesus.
Read and weep. Laugh and pray. Gain courage and perspective of your own!
About the Author:
Bobbi Junior writes and speaks about caregiving, drawing from two life-altering experiences-a devastating accident which left her teenage daughter paralyzed, and her mother's journey with dementia. She has published her daughter's experience in an anthology, Telling Truths: Storying Motherhood. Bobbi lives and works in Edmonton, Alberta. She belongs to two active writing groups, as well as InScribe Christian Writers Fellowship and The Word Guild. Visit her blog at www.bobbijunior.com.
The Reluctant Caregiver by Bobbi Junior was published by Word Alive Press in November 2014. The ISBN for The Reluctant Caregiver is 9781486606290.