Item description for Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families by Ellie Kay...
Overview Filled with actual stories of Ellie Kay's and others' life in the military, this encouraging book provides helpful guidance to families on active duty and insight to their extended families, friends, and churches. From her perspective as the wife of an air force pilot and mom with five school-age kids, the author includes practical ideas on how to cope with frequent moves, pre-deployment readiness, and how to stay in touch when families are separated. Abridged.
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Format: Abridged, Audiobook, CD
Studio: Brilliance Audio on CD
Running Time: 180.00 minutes
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.78" Width: 6.38" Height: 0.84" Weight: 0.18 lbs.
Release Date Feb 10, 2004
Publisher Brilliance Audio on CD
ISBN 1593556047 ISBN13 9781593556044 UPC 755057019955
Availability 0 units.
More About Ellie Kay
Ellie Kay is the best-selling author of Half-Priced Living and eleven other titles, including A Tip A Day with Ellie Kay and The Debt Diet, with more than 350,000 books sold. She s a regular television guest on CNBC s Power Lunch, Fox News, and CNN; and has been the featured family finance expert in numerous magazines and newspapers, including Family Circle, Women s World, and USA Today. Her financial help columns appear in a dozen periodicals and online, including CBN.com. A popular speaker, she s Wal-mart s official financial help expert, and has served as a consumer educator and official spokesperson for Proctor & Gamble, VisaProvidian, MasterCard, and more. Ellie and her husband, Bob, are the parents of seven children and live in Palmdale, California. "
Ellie Kay currently resides in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Heroes at Home: Help and Hope for America's Military Families?
2 out of 5 stars for the 2/5s of the book that were helpful Dec 15, 2007
As a girl brand new to the Air Force with my soon-to-be husband deployed, I found myself all alone in Utah in our big empty house, waiting months for his return. So I bought this book. In the beginning, Kay offers encouragement and advice for families dealing with deployments and the regular career surprises that we should all expect. But the latter half of the book is like an on-going commercial for her other books about how to cut coupons and comb garage sales with seven kids. She also includes way too many personal stories for her "hero profiles." It's almost as if she got out her good ideas in the first 40 pages, and scrambled for random material for the rest. The whole book seemed thrown together. There were even one or two typos and grammatical errors that were quite distracting. I've yet to find a book that gave good advice for a military spouse without talking down to the reader.
A How-To Manual With Heart Sep 6, 2007
This is a guidebook written with a lot of warmth and heart. Sure you may be able to get the same info online or on base, but it wouldn't be dispensed with the understanding and empathy that Ellie Kay imparts. Her specialty is in money matters so this book has an excellent chapter on that (and who doesn't need a little course correction in that every now and then!) I found her family pre-deployment checklist to be a super resource, even to someone who's been an Army Spouse for 18 years. The profiles and interviews with other military spouses added a human interest angle to a book that was helpful in every respect.
Marna Krajeski, author Household Baggage: The Moving Life of a Soldier's Wife
The Corniest Book Ever Jan 30, 2007
I am a Navy Wife of four years facing my first deployment as a wife and I found this book to be the corniest thing I've ever read. EVER.
The "comical" stories everyone seems to be gushing over sound like they were pulled right out of a dusty old Reader's Digest. I didn't find the book to be informative and I found the definition section of the book to be incredibly trite and boring.
Example: Term Active Duty, Military Speak: Actively serving and deployable. Spouse Speak: This means your address is written in pencil in address books.
Dear God. How incredibly lame. Military members move. Yes. It's true. We ALL know that. Civilians know this. EVERYONE knows this. This poor attempt at humor is dull and over-used.
I didn't learn ANYTHING from this book and would NOT recommend this to anyone SERIOUSLY looking for information or advice about military life or deployments. You can get USEFUL information by going to your local Fleet and Family Support Center or attending a pre-deployment brief.
Great look at life during deployments Jan 8, 2007
This book is a wonderful tribute to all the things that can happen during a deployment. It's a humorous approach to life as we know it in the military. Deployments come and go, it's how we survive them that tells us who we are! While the very few negative comments on this site suggest the book is not for everyone, I disagree. It IS for everyone. Ms. Kay's book is not a protocol manual on what steps to take at a spouse coffee nor lists the hierarchy of a Family Readiness Group. It IS a book that helps families cope with the everyday life and mishaps that arise during deployment or periods of spearation. It is helpful to hear how others have gone before you, and to know that you are not in this alone. I found this book to be a great shoulder to lean on, a confidante, and recommended it to my battalion spouses. The idea that "this, too, shall pass" makes me feel that we can always endure more than what we think we can. Deployments are not designed to make spouses stronger, that's just the unintended benefit. (Be sure to read the other books by Ellie Kay, as she has some fabulous tips on finances!)
Heavy on the "O" side of the military community Nov 3, 2006
I was given this book as a gift from a dear friend during my husband's last deployment. While I found it very helpful, I couldn't help but feel at times that the contributors didn't really understand what it is like to be on the other side of the ranks. ...the Enlisted Soldier.... All of the illustrations were Officer's wives and families! I found myself asking "what about the issues that face the families of enlisted service members?"