Friday, October 21, 2011

Book #Review: Married Mom, Solo Parent

Right now that is exactly how I feel. When I saw the title of this book I just knew that I had to be a part of the book tour. I understand that I have a husband but when you're in the military and your husband is deployed all the time you essentially become a single mom! Sure I know it's not the exact same but I'm happy that someone actually wrote a book about the struggles and challenges that a married wife but solo parent goes through. Before I share my personal thoughts here's a little bit about the book and the author:

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 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 Take: I honestly never felt right when I considered myself a single mom. Most of the time I do have a better half here that helps me with everything and it just doesn't seem right to call myself a "single" mom when he is gone. However, it's true. That's exactly what I am! And thanks to Carla Anne Coroy, I realize that I'm not the only woman out there that feels this way. Having your husband in the military isn't the easiest thing to endure but when I read this book and learned about other women that have husbands that are truck drivers, business men, or just wrapped up in other things, I felt like I had found some kindred spirits. I love the way Coroy has what I like to call "case studies" throughout the book with true testimony from women who are enduring parenting with absent husbands. I found myself nodding and thinking, " I know exactly what you mean". Coroy also gives great advice and personal thoughts on discipline, finances, managing a house and my favorite chapter, "Give me a break!" I would recommend this book to any woman who has a husband that is unable to be there for his family full time no matter what the circumstances. It's a book that I'm going to take to my FRG and MOPS meetings and share with the military wives. It's an encouraging, helpful, empowering book for the "single" mom! 

If you want to learn more about Carla and this awesome book then you might want to check out her Facebook party which will be October 25 at 8pm EST. Just click on the button on my right sidebar to learn more about the party! 

Buy it: Married Mom, Solo Parent is available on Amazon for the price of $12.34. 

Disclosure: This book was provided to me at no charge in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks Emmi for a great review! And thank you for sharing it at MOPS and your FRG group. You are a blessing!

    Carla Anne
    ps... I would love to meet you and your readers at the MomChat Facebook Party!


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