Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Book review and Giveaway Info: Married Mom, Solo Parent

About the book
For married women who feel like single parents.
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.
Married Mom, Solo Parent: Finding God's Strength to Face the Challenge
 is a common-sense, down-to-earth look at the struggles wives and mothers face when their husband is not actively involved in family life. Writing from her own experience as a married single mom, Carla Anne Coroy will help wives and mothers sort through their questions, such as: Can I do this alone? How do I raise kids to honor their father? How do I give my children a healthy perspective of marriage if they never see one in action? 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.

My thoughts
This book does not currently apply to my life, in fact, my life is currently quite the opposite.  My husband is currently looking for work, but due to modern technology, that means he is home almost all the time, and I am blessed that he is very involved with the going-ons of the family.  Unfortunately, this has thrown our schedule way off and I am struggling to figure out how to make sure all the things that need to get done, actually get done.  However, I have spent considerable parts of our marriage as a "solo parent" (a term that is not to be confused with "single parent.") My mom also spent her marriage to my dad, at least all the parts I can remember, as a solo parent, so I was definitely able to relate to this book.  What is a solo parent?  It is a parent, often the mom, who although married, has the majority of the parental duties laid on them 100% of the time.  As it says above, the other spouse may be in the military or travel a lot for work, or they may have addictions or illness that keep them from being involved.  For me, my husband was working both a full-time and a part-time job and attending school full-time.  For my mom, my father is schizophrenic which kept him from being able to provide the emotional and mental parts of parenting.  Any which way, if you find yourself in the role of a solo parent, there is a lot of things you need to learn how to deal with, not just how to balance it all, but also emotional issues.  This book did a great job of covering all the aspects of solo parenting.  I do have to warn my non-Christian friends, this IS a Christian book and is therefore rather "preachy", especially regarding the emotional parts.  However, there is also a lot of practical information, particularly when talking about how to do all the work that is laid before you.  I found much of that information applicable to my life, even now, when I have an extra set of hands around to help.  

I recommend this book to any Christian solo parent, whether they think they need help dealing with it or not.  For those who are not solo parents, but need help learning how to balance all the household duties, you will find quite a bit of help in the book as well.  To see what other bloggers think about the book, click here.

About the author
Carla Anne Coroy runs the Married Single Mom blog at www.carlaannecoroy.blogspot.com. She speaks regularly and serves as a staff writer for an online Christian women’s magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children. For more information, visit www.carlaanne.com/blog. 

About the giveaway
Come to an encouraging MomChat party on Facebook…you could win a KindleTouch
To celebrate the release of her new book Carla has partnered with her publisher, Kregel, to host a live MomChat party on Facebook! http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=177346262342482
The party will wrap up the blog tour (http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/text/13420715) and Carla will be hosting an encouraging MomChat about all things mom and wife related. There will also be a fun contest and she’s giving away a KindleTouch and a ton of other fun stuff (books, gift certificates and more!).
So RSVP today and then come back on 10/25 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern for the party.
Don't miss the fun ... and tell your friends.
Thank you to Litfuse Publicity Group and the author for providing me with a copy of this book for review purposes.  My opinion is my own and was not influenced by anyone else.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Danielle! I'm so happy for you that you are in a co-parenting season - what joy! Especially after what sounds like a lot of solo parenting for you. I'm so glad you found the practical parts so helpful. Many moms who are not solo moms have told me the same thing - they love the practical stuff.

    Bless you today, Danielle! And thanks for a great review! I hope to "see" you and some of your readers at the MomChat Facebook Party on the 25th!

    Carla Anne