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Barbara + Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest, Book Review

Guide to the Empty Nest by Barbara Rainey + Susan Yates

Finding New Joy and Purpose After the Kids Leave Home

Feeling uncertain? Scared? Or maybe a little giddy? Your nest is empty, except for a bundle of mixed emotions. As you grieve what’s behind you and daydream about the future, you’re ready for new adventures. But you might not know where to start!

What you need is a girlfriend who “gets it.” Someone who understands the challenges you’re facing and speaks with wisdom from a few steps ahead on the journey. Barbara and Susan can be the friends you need to walk you through such questions as:

· Who am I now? What should I do with myself?
· Does anyone need me? How do I relate to my children? And how will it affect my marriage?
· Is it okay to feel sad? Or even thrilled?

They’ll walk you through ways to celebrate your past and your future, as well as encourage you to consider a brand-new calling for your life. Let Barbara and Susan shine light on your path, making this next season your best yet!

Barbara Rainey and her husband, Dennis, are founders of the Cru ministry FamilyLife, and they host Weekend to Remember conferences around the world. They have authored more than two dozen books, including the bestselling Moments Together for Couples. The Raineys have been married for more than forty years and live near Little Rock, Arkansas.

Susan Yates is the author of several books and is a regular guest on FamilyLife Today and other national radio programs. She and her husband, John, are popular speakers at marriage and parenting conferences and live in Virginia.

My Thoughts: So as you might be aware I’m 100% not the demographic for this book. I do however have parents who are and thought it would be a good read. I loved that the book was like a step by step guide into the process, and that it was written so personally. This is a great book for anyone with teens that are going on out or already children who are out of the house.


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