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"This is a fantastic book! Not only is Carla Anne Coroy an engaging writer but also, in our book, she is the expert of experts in relating to all who have ever had an absentee husband. Buy one for yourself and give one to someone you love who is going at it alone." (Dr Gary And Barb Rosberg, President And Executive Vice President America's Family Coaches 2011-07-20)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (September 9, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 082542626X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825426261
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,475,562 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Athena Hall on February 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
I love to read. Give me a good book (preferably set in Scotland or Ireland) that I can immerse myself in for a few hours - and escape the dirty house and whining children - and I am happy.

I am not as excited about parenting or 'self help' books. I dread picking up a book where some woman (who is perfect and so are her children, I know because she spends half the book telling us so) preaches to me on what I am doing wrong and how she wants me to fix it, or on the other side - a book where I may have to look deep inside and admit that I need to change and do things differently (gasp!).

That is probably the main reason this book sat on my dresser for longer than I will admit...

The Soldier and I have been married for almost 20 years, but he hasn't been a Soldier for all of them. In fact, he had a pretty successful job when he joined the National Guard and living the military life has been a major adjustment for all of us. One thing that didn't change a whole lot was him being gone. In his civilian career, he would be gone for weeks or months at a time working on projects. In fact, he missed the last four months of my last pregnancy, just coming home in time for the delivery. While I got big and round and parented five children, he was taking ferries all over Alaska and eating out with his coworkers every night. At that point, I really wanted to trade places...

I agreed to review this book because a) I love to read; b) I thought it would be a great giveaway for my MilSpouse friends.

I had no idea that I was 'chosen' to review this book because I needed it so desperately.

Through the good, the bad and the ugly, Carla Anne Coroy takes you through step by step and asks (and answers!) the really tough questions that we are all afraid to ask.
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When we walk down the aisle, we assume that we're signing up for a life together. But for many women, years later, and babies later, they find themselves alone.

Their husbands work out of town, or are in the military, and they're left raising these children virtually alone. How do you deal with loneliness? How do you deal with discipline? How do you even deal with sexual frustration?

Carla Anne Coroy is refreshingly honest, open, and personal about her own struggles, and lets moms in the same situation know that they aren't alone. She doesn't stick to the "polite" topics, but delves into where women really are. What if they're lonely and they find themselves drawn to someone else? How do you deal with jealousy when your husband's gone? How do you deal with anger because he isn't here to help you?

She doesn't believe that women should have it all together. She just believes that women need to know that God is always there to turn to, and that life, while it may not be what you dreamed, can still be an exciting adventure once you accept where you are, and ask for help.

And if you need help, it's right here in this book!
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In a generation where men aren't fulfilling their roles within the marriage and more men are leaving their wives to raise the children, this book is a great resource for those women who find themselves in this situation. However, that's not all who this book is written for. This book is for those who are military wives, those who have husbands who work long hours or addicted to their jobs, perhaps those women who have husbands that like their hobbies more than their family, etc. Many moms find themselves in this role unexpectedly.

I found that this book was a great book that had tips for every mom to be able to be a bit more productive. Not only was it full of parenting tips, but it had a lot of ideas on things for the children to do to help out around the house. I was so glad that I read it, as well, because I feel like now I can know how to help those of my friends who are in this situation. I now know how to better minister to them and that was such a wonderful thing for me to know. I think every woman should read this book, whether you are in this situation or not. Sadly, more women are in this situation than we realize. What a great opportunity for those of us who are not in this situation to be able to ease the load of those who are doing all of the work.

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I received this book free from Kregel Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion.
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By the time I was finished with,"Married Mom, Solo Parent", it was dog earred, highlighted, and post-it noted, everywhere; This is a book that I would recommend for moms who find themselves in that awkward category of, not single, but feeling not married as their spouses are away due to military, maybe their husband's jobs requires him to be on the road for days, weeks, or even months at the time, or they are in situations where a spouse has illnesses that has made it difficult to be an active partner in the marriage, struggling with addiction, or just any situation, that has left the married mom, on her own and yet married.

This is not a book that trashes the husband, but instead, as the author, Carla Anne Coroy, loving shares in the preface, "A solo parent is someone who is raising children and running a home and family alone" (pg.11), and geared toward married women whose husbands jobs require them to be away from home majority of the time.

Addressing topical issues such as discipline, chore divisions, life in the community and more, "Married Mom, Solo Parent", doesn't demonizes husbands whose keep depends on them, often working away from the home, bringing to mind, women whose husbands are in the military or are workaholics and even if they aren't workaholics, just required to travel as part of their job requirement, Carla Anne Coroy uses both grace, humor, honesty and Scripture to help encourage married women on how to balance: life, raising children and being a wife and woman.
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