• Coffee with Mom

Coffee with Mom

Caring for a Parent with Dementia
Mike Glenn

Sometimes, life takes you places you don’t want to go.

Dementia and Alzheimer’s is a journey no one wants to take, yet life doesn’t give us a choice. Author Mike Glenn’s mom didn’t want to be sick, and while she couldn’t overcome the devastation of disease, she wasn’t going down without a fight.

She fought the illness, denying its presence. She fought the doctors, “Who were these idiots anyway?” And she fought him, “How come you think you’re in charge now?”

Coffee with Mom is a book about a mom’s fight with dementia and the struggle of a son who wanted to help but didn’t always know how. Most of their conversations—and sometimes battles—happened during morning coffee.

This book isn’t about knowing all of the answers. It is one son’s journey with his mom—a mom with Alzheimer’s and a son who did the best he could, and who wrote this story in hopes that you’ll find a few laughs for your journey, realize you’re not alone, and find the courage to do the best you can.

So, pour yourself a cup of coffee, and join us on the journey. You’ll find yourself in the laughter and tears of not knowing what to do next and making a decision that you hope works out, knowing it’s the best you can do in the moment.

In the end, that’s all that matters. “Do the best you can” is all love requires.

about the author

Mike Glenn is the Senior Pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church in Brentwood, Tennessee. Under his leadership since 1991, the church has grown to a church with eight campuses and a membership of over 11,000. He graduated from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. Glenn has written two books, In Real Time and The Gospel of Yes, and writes frequently on his blog, MikeGlennOnline.com, and for Patheos.com. He is married to Jeannie, his wife and best friend of 37 years. They have twin sons, Chris (Deb) and Craig (Nan), and three granddaughters, Mackenzie, Rowen, and Brooklyn.

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  • publish date: 06/01/2019
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  • In poignant flashes and bittersweet recollections, Mike Glenn walks us through a journey of conversations with his mother during her decline with dementia. Grab a copy of Coffee with Mom and be reminded of one critically important message: Time is a very great gift, especially in a season of goodbye.

    Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author

  • 5.8 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, which has also been described as a family disease, because it affects so many people surrounding the patient. Pastor Mike Glenn gives us a window into the details of his mother’s battle with this illness, and the ways he learned to cope and love her through it all. Coffee with Mom helps us not feel so alone in our own journeys. Alzheimer’s is the only killer in the top ten in this country with no treatment or cure, and I’m grateful to Mike for helping to raise awareness through his personal, vulnerable and honest story.

    Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Actress, Author

  • Some days my 90-year-old mother calls me and tells me how my 90-year-old father, her husband of more than six decades, is doing. Sometimes I want to say, ‘Mercy, mom, he’s 90,’ and sometimes I do, but most times I just listen because there’s not much to say. Or do. But listen. There is no promise that we will age gracefully or that the aged will be gracious in their old age. Sometimes we and they do, but not very often if what I hear from others is accurate. Aging is hard but I’m not sure it is as hard as caring for the aging. Most of the time you aren’t sure you are caring well, even when your caring comes straight from a heart of love for your aging mom or dad. Mike Glenn’s story of his mom is a story of a woman gradually dying, of a son gradually grieving, of a life gradually ending, and of a pastor gradually letting go of an unforgettable life of an unforgettable mom. He learned what kind of son he was—a mighty fine one, if you ask me.  This is a love story, a son for a mother. Mike, my friend, had to learn that he was OK with his caring for his mom. He was better than OK.

    Dr. Scot McKnight, Author, Speaker, Professor

  • Mike Glenn and I walked a similar journey and, in the end, had the distinct honor of caring for and serving the first person that cared for and served each of us.  In my case—it was my dad who struggled with dementia in his latter years. In Mike’s case, it was his mom who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. In both cases, it became one of the most difficult and one of the most honoring opportunities of our lives. Mike and I have been friends for years.  We have so many of the same interests and concerns. We both are crusaders for justice, for racial unity and so many other things.  But I believe our strongest connecting point was each of our callings to being a caregiver to a parent patient. Whether you find yourself in a similar situation or whether you know someone who is – this is a fabulous love story of a son loving and caring for his mother.

    Michael W. Smith, Singer, Songwriter

  • Mike Glenn’s sharing of his mom’s wit, wisdom, and the heart break of Alzheimer’s is a treasure. I followed their story personally as his friend and through the tweets of her thoughts of the day. I laughed, cried, and was proud of both of them on their final journey together. You will be too.

    Dave Ramsey, #1 bestselling author