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  • Paperback: 143 pages
  • Publisher: IVP Books (July 12, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0830819223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0830819225
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,049,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In closing, I highly recommend this books!
Rosie
If you are considering staying at home with baby, after working full time, this is a great book to get you on the right track.
Elena D.
This book should come with a warning label alerting readers to Gochnauer's Christian agenda.
C. Lange

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Kylie (info@spiltmilk.net) on September 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
There is one use for this book that perhaps the author hasn't thought of, and it's an important one -- "So You Want To Be A Stay-at-home Mom" is an inspiration for the disgruntled stay-at-home mother who isn't sure that she wants to be there anymore. Being one such mother myself of late, reading this book has changed my perspective on my role in the home with my son and the amount of overtime that my husband puts in. Cheryl's book has give me a fresh perspective on the important work that I do here each day in raising our son and though it sounds like a cliché, has truly changed the way I parent and view myself.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 26, 2000
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So You Want to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom is a delight to read and it is packed with helpful tips as well as sometimes humorous anecdotes. For readers who appreciate traditional family values that are rooted in Christian tradition, this book is a total winner! We need more books like this available to mothers everywhere.
I got so engrossed in Cheryl Gochnauer's book that I took it with my purse to the hairdresser, the dentist's office, and even to get my car's oil changed. As I read it, I got my own personal "oil change"---I got energized to use "Creativity on the Home Front" as Gochnauer calls one of her chapters. This writer writes well and is so transparent and offers " loving hands on" ideas to utilize so mothers can stay home and BUILD A HOME. Every chapter was helpful, but I especially liked, "Will My Professional Training Go to Waste?"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By mommyofone on December 3, 2007
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"So You Want to Be a Stay-At-Home Mom" is targeted to Christian mothers who are currently working but want to become stay-at-home moms and aren't sure it's financially or emotionally feasible. Gochnauer hopes to encourage prospective at-home moms to look at their options now instead of waiting for a crisis that may reveal a choice they could have made years before.

A secondary audience would be Christian stay-at-home moms looking for ways to live better on less, keep up career skills in order to return to the workforce later, plan activities to do with their kids, or get encouragement and support.

Initially, I was surprised and confused to find so many Christian references in this book, as there was no indication on the cover to prepare me. Now I realize that InterVarsity Press is a Christian publishing company. I am not a Christian so I found myself skimming over several portions of the book, but I was not offended. Besides being non-Christian, I am part of the secondary audience and I found the book to be very encouraging. It included lots of tips that I found helpful including developing a mission statement, remembering my priorities, and creative activities to do with my daughter.

Gochnauer's style is easy to read and well organized. She provides many examples from her own life and from other couples who have been in similar situations. Her tone is encouraging and she uses no guilt tactics. She covers many topics well, and others fairly well (the table of contents lists most of the topics fairly decipherably). I consider this book to be a good starting point, but it is not a definitive reference. There is a lot of good advice, but harder questions are often answered with "God provides" and other similar comforts. While this may be enough for some people, it left too many questions unanswered for me.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa A. Waelde on January 24, 2000
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This book was excellent. It really has helped me to make my decision and fine tune my plan. The book is written well, however it is written based upon Christian principles. Being a Christian, I found even more value to the book; although a non-Christian would find value to the book, they could be put off by it. Nonetheless, there is useful information...religiously based or not.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By "ckeown" on January 9, 2001
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This book was invaluable to me when I was trying to reach my goal of being a stay-at-home mom!
Cheryl's use of humour and honesty touched my soul. It inspired and encouraged me. She made me believe that I could do it too! If it weren't for this book, I'd still be stuck in the rat race with my daughter being raised by strangers!
If you are thinking of becoming a SAHM, or you have recently come "home" you must read this book!
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38 of 53 people found the following review helpful By C. Lange on January 30, 2005
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This book should come with a warning label alerting readers to Gochnauer's Christian agenda. I wanted a straightforward, "how-to" book and what I got was a heavy-handed sermon (complete with cited Biblical references) which got old quick. This works for her, apparently, but I obviously do not share her simplistic philosophy. She even goes so far as to say she debates Darwinism in favor of Creationism! Be careful if you don't share these views - there is nothing in the descriptions to alert you before you buy. If you really want to have a better plan than "God will provide" before you quit your job, check out "Miserly Moms" by Jonni McCoy for a better, more practical guide, or "You Can Afford to Stay Home with Your Kids" by Malia McCawley Wyckoff and Mary Snyder.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Deborah Raney on December 20, 1999
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Cheryl Gochnauer has written a concise, fun-to-read book that will be an encouragement to moms who are already home with their children, and one that will help women struggling with the decision to stay home make an educated decision. Gochnauer presents a very even-handed look at the pros and cons of being a stay-at-home mom and shares the personal experiences of many families as they made the decision to have mom "come home".
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