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The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy Paperback – December 17, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414316208
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414316208
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,615,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, Kathy offers a much-needed look at a common area of division between couples: running a household. You'll find tools to fairly divvy up parenting and household duties; teambuilding techniques for surviving and thriving amidst financial downturns; and steps to growing stronger in your faith as a family. Plus special "advice to guys" in each chapter from Bill Peel! This book is packed full of empowering steps you can take today to restore joy to your marriage, order to your home, and peace to daily life. -Tyndale Publishers

Kathy Peel, America's Family Manager, offers practical advice and solutions for families seeking to create a climate of order and productivity within their homes.

Kathy provides helpful guidelines for the Seven Family Manager Departments -
* Time and Scheduling
* Home and Property
* Menus and Meals
* Family and Friends
* Finances
* Special Events
* Self-Management

Each chapter is filled with ideas, tips, encouragement, and helpful charts for delegating family responsibilities as well as planning and journaling short and long term family goals.

The Busy Couple's Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, is a wonderful resource on the art of family management. I really enjoyed reading this book and gleaned helpful tips and ideas to implement within my own household.

Review Disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this resource for review purposes.
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This book asks the question "Can a loving, understanding couple turn into monsters that devour themselves and their young?"Although there is sort of an assumption that it's a woman who picks up this book and "gets" her husband to read it, it is pretty man-friendly. After the intro, it has nine extensive sections. The book would be easy to read on an emergency basis, say, turning straight to the Food/Menu section when your life seems likes it's going to fall apart if the dinner situation doesn't get taken care of... Although the topics are different, the chapters are set up in a similar way. The book is meant to be used together, as a couple- a team running a family together. In this vein, each chapter has tasks for the couple to do together to better understand where they are, and where they want to go. These tasks include "His Normal/Her Normal- Our New Normal," and "Assess your Stress." Other powerful tools in the book are questions (with answers too), letters from the man's point of view, and sidebars full of quick tips.One topic of family responsibility that I didn't really think of was "Special Events." I hadn't realized how much time, effort and planning goes into not only holidays and birthdays, but also the logistics of thank you cards, extended family dynamics, play date's allergies, and dentist appointments. I think this book could be a great help to couples that are willing to work together. I think it would work even better- really well as a pre-marital book to read and study together when that kind of planning and talk talk talking is expected.
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I have thoroughly enjoyed going through this book and reading the guidelines and advice wisely handed out within the pages. I read it with an ink pen and a highlighter! The highlighter was for noting some of my favorite pieces of text, and the margin was for filling out the "worksheets" in the book and taking note in the ample margins that appear on many pages. The ample margins appear on every page, but sometimes they contain additional tips or important cautions which are nice to flip through even when you haven't read the entire book yet!

I particularly enjoyed hearing from Bill when he appeared in various chapters. Unlike magazine articles that want to tell you what men are thinking or how they feel, this book actually has a well expressed male perspective.

I highly recommend this book if you are looking to establish a bit more balance in your life and in your marriage.

Disclosure: I received this book from the Tyndale Blog Review network in exchange for my unbiased review of the book.
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I must admit - the title of this book both excited me AND turned me off a little when I first saw it. So I was intrigued. Throw in the question on the back of the book - "Are you married to your housekeeping opposite?," and I was ready to read.

Yes, I am married to my housekeeping opposite. I am the messy one. My hubby is the neat and organized one. We're still working through that one.

And I was intrigued because #1 - "sharing the work" is not really what we're going for here and #2 - "sharing the joy" sounds fabulous!

I am the one staying home and my husband is in the middle of medical school. Of course, I am going to be doing SIGNIFICANTLY more of the work at home and THAT IS HOW I WANT IT. Not that he doesn't do anything here, but I do not expect him to do laundry, clean the house, cook, etc. He takes wonderful care of our finances, cars, house, etc.

And after reading, that is the point of this book. Communication. Playing to strengths and weaknesses. Having a plan, but being flexible.

"Sharing the work" looks different for every couple, so this book has lots of workbook type features for couples to sit down and figure out their situation together - questionnaires, schedules, lists and so on.

And lots of advice from both the author, Kathy Peel, and her husband Bill. Little tips are here and there throughout the book. Lots of personal experience is shared. And faith is at the center of it all.

The book is all about "creating a smoothly running, low-stress home" and who doesn't want that? I WANT THAT!

Now, I will admit that some couples have this all figured out - so if you consider yourself an organized family, you probably don't need this book.
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