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Monday, January 30, 2012

Recent Reads: Married Mom, Solo Parent

When I saw the title: Married Mom, Solo Parent: Finding God's Strength for the Challenge I just knew this was a book I had to read, because the title describes how I feel many times.

Don't get me wrong, I am in no way implying anything negative about my husband- quite the opposite. He is a wonderful father and a good family man, but his career in law enforcement is very demanding.   His crazy schedule and the constant work-related calls on his days "off" just mean that the kids and I often do things without him- like attending family gatherings.  We've laughed with family over my "invisible" husband (Does he really exist or did I make him up?) and I have often joked that I am a "married single mom".

It's an odd position to be in, and I don't think someone who hasn't done it can really understand. I knew from the beginning... chapter one is entitled This is Not What I Signed Up For!... that the author would "get it".  She really relates to those of us who have a loving spouse but still wind up attending events, eating meals, and juggling kids alone. 
From the Publisher:
Bookstore shelves are full of parenting resources for moms who are newly divorced or widowed. But where do moms turn if they feel like a single parent--but they're not? Whether he is away on business, deployed in the military, or obsessing over a computer game, dad may not be available for a variety of reasons. Moms who parent in this situation still need help and don't necessarily relate to the advice given in divorce recovery or single parenting resources.
... With practical suggestions, anecdotes, and biblical teaching, this book will encourage moms to see their position as a high calling, to find healing for their worries and frustrations, and to tap into God's strength for help in facing the daily challenge of being a married mom, solo parent.
I think anyone in the position of being married/ feeling like a single parent will enjoy and relate to this book. I plan to share it with some fellow police wives!

Disclaimer: I was provided a free copy of Married Mom, Solo Parent by Kregel Publishing in return for my honest review.

UPDATE: At last check, Amazon was down to only five copies left!  This book is selling fast!  You can also buy Kindle edition of Married Mom, Solo Parent for instant download if you don't want to wait for a paperback copy to arrive!

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  1. Thanks for your review! I love how you could relate right at the first chapter. Thank you for understanding and clarifying in your review how our men are GOOD men, even if they are not home. That being in this position doesn't mean we've got lousy husbands!!! :)

    Bless you!
    Carla Anne

  2. Thanks for such a great review! I'm glad you were able to relate right from the first chapter!

    You hit the nail on the head! Just because our husbands are gone a lot doesn't mean they are bad husbands. Great job for clarifying that on your blog!

    Bless you!
    Carla Anne


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