Friday, April 28, 2017

About the book: 

With readings of encouragement and
 inspirational quotes, this devotional
 helps parents prepare their 
hearts for their children's independence, 
whether their kids are just
 starting kindergarten or graduating from college.

Parents let go of their children every day,
even in ways they don't realize.
 The 52 devotional readings within shine a light
 on all the times readers have loosened their grip
 on their children and encourages them
 to continue to let go in life-giving ways.
 Written by a parenting and education expert,
The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and 
inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.

About the author:
Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust-named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on "Starting Points," Focus on the Family's parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.
Find out more about Vicki at


I have not looked forward to the empty nest at all. Two of my boys are already on their own. I still have one boy at home who will be eighteen in October. It is exciting to here about him looking forward to college, but my heart breaks because then the empty nest starts. One of the hardest things I have had to learn is to let go and trust God. I loved the examples the author gives in the book of how the transition can be made easier . I love the way the devotional is set up with different topics and "thought poke" at the end of each chapter. She includes scriptures and such encouraging words.

I loved when the author talked about milestones. Her story about her son driving long distance would have me on the edge of an anxiety attack. After reading how she handled it, I see that I am hindering my kids' growth by trying to step in and treat them like babies. One of my son's always says, "I'm an adult now." I just laugh knowing that he says that when I start nagging a bit too much. He may be an adult but he will always need his mom and dads support. Another story the author shared was about her kids solving an issue with an airline. I was very impressed by their determination to figure it out on their own. How many times have you stepped in to rescue your child, instead of allowing them to solve the problem  themselves?

The author is so right about relationships. "Tread carefully when your sons  or daughters enter into relationships. Your opinion has the power to make them run toward or away from their future." It can be a very touchy subject, so I try to be careful what I say. I don't want them to get hurt, but sometimes it will happen. I found the book to be full of wonderful insights and I loved the different stories she shared about her family.

I received a copy of this book from LitFuse. The review is my own opinion


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