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Overview Each single mom understands they may never re-marry, that growing old and retiring alone is a very real possibility. For many, the future looms in uncertainty. This resource book will provide practical hope and continually redirect women to the source of all comfort, God and His word.
"Still Going It Alone" addresses issues common to women who have been at the task of single parenting for some seasons. These unique women now face the prospect of sending their children off to college, to a distant career site, or to be married and must continue to fulfill their ever-altering parental role. Moms with grown children also realize the need for wise financial planning and career re-assessment. Each single mom understands they may never re-marry, that growing old and retiring alone is a very real possibility. For many, the future looms in uncertainty. This resource book will provide practical hope and continually redirect women to the source of all comfort, God and His word.
TABLE OF CONTENTS - Entering the Crossroads: Betwixt and Between the Empty Nest - Gathering Strength for the Last Hurrah: Endurance to Finish Strong - Imparting Vision and Setting Goals: Foundations for Making Wise Choices - Navigating New Relational Territories: Wise Counsel for Marriage Preparation - Welcoming Your Extending Family: Guidance for Relating to In-Laws - Assessing Career and Educational Options: Insights for a Promising Tomorrow - Instilling Financial Stability: Preparations for Today and Tomorrow - Welcoming the Next Generation: The Precious Gift of Grandparenting - Negotiating the Convergent Life: The Struggle of Caring for Your Aging Parents - Pondering Remarriage: The Ongoing Dilemma of Beginning Again - Accepting the Limitations of Aging: A Needed Reality Check - Discovering Joy and Contentment Despite the Unknown: The Unchanging Faithfulness of God
"As kids grow up a mom's role shifts and changes, and it's not always easy to adjust. In her new book, "Still Going It Alone," Michele Howe offers practical and positive principles for single moms who are entering those empty nest years and beyond. From preparing your kids for their careers to imparting goal-setting directives to helping them make wise choices in relationships, Michele's book covers every aspect of encouraging grown children to succeed in life. Most importantly she points moms to the Lord as their true source of peace and strength. Each chapter is filled with personal stories and practical applications to benefit every mom. I highly recommend this book as a guidebook for all single moms with grown kids." --Karol Ladd, author of "The Power of a Positive Mom "
From Publishers Weekly Howe (a reviewer for PW) wrote her first book, Going It Alone, for newly divorced moms who faced raising their young children alone. Now she helps mothers take steps farther down the road as children leave the nest and begin families of their own. It is my hope and prayer that this book offers single moms a safe placea communitywhere they find rest and renewed hope, strength, and shelter, the author says. She addresses many unique challenges facing single moms as they enter a new phase of life: an empty house, helping young adult children set goals and building new relationships with them, in-laws, new career options, finances, grandparenting and more. Her chapters on caring for elderly parents and aging are especially helpful. Howe laces her book with real-life stories and adds hands-on action steps in each chapters Ready, Set, Adjust! sections. Chapters also include a prayer and final thought taken from a pertinent book. Howe targets an audience not often aimed at and hits it dead on. (Dec, Publishers Weekly.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly - 11/10/2008 page 48
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Studio: Hendrickson Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Dec 1, 2008
Publisher Hendrickson Publishers
ISBN 159856241X ISBN13 9781598562415
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More About Michele Howe
Michele Howe's work has been published in Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Midwest Living, Parentlife, Fullfill, Christian Single, Single Parent Family, Focus on the Family, and Connections. Michele is the author of 17 books. Michele's resources offer encouragement to people of all ages by challenging them to exercise their combination of strengths, skills, and life wisdom in pursuit of a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. Recognizing that life is often difficult, readers can learn how to recognize (and find solace in) significant life-markers and by so doing, acquire the strength to embrace their daily challenges.
Michele Howe currently resides in LaSalle, in the state of Michigan.
Reviews - What do customers think about Still Going It Alone: Mothering With Faith and Finesse When the Children Have Grown?
Burdens Do a Body Good Apr 20, 2010
Reading this book makes me reflect on how we can make positive deposits into our personal character or negative withdrawals that leave us bankrupt. It's our choice...we are building a life-long character account.
All of us, like it or not, are faced with the burdens in this book as some time or another. It's how we work through them that makes the difference. We always have a choice, even if the choice is to do nothing. This book gives you a refreshing perspective on how to view burdens that come your way, and has meditations which you can refer to for years to come. It's like a reference book...when you are going through a difficult time, you can refer to a specific chapter in the book for positive reinforcement.
I don't think this is a book that you read and then "you are finished". It's a book you'll want to pick up, and reflect on, as you experience life. It has practical advice and relevant scriptures to meditate on.
Great book, excellent advice, highly recommend Jun 15, 2009
I purchased this book for my sister who has raised 3 children by herself and now her children are entering adulthood. There is little out there on this subject of single mom's once the children have grown. I decided to read the book before I passed it on to my sister.
There is terrific advice contained in this book. I highly recommend it. Michele Howe writes with clarity, purpose and insight and gives wonderful examples of women's lives on the journey to midlife!! If you are not a single mom, read it anyway, then pass it onto someone who could benefit from the wisdom contained in this great book!
A Lot of Food for Thought for Every Mother and is Well Worth Reading Jun 10, 2009
STILL GOING IT ALONE is an ideological book providing direction and guidance to parents as well as narratives of the real-life experiences of many mothers. Inspirational sections at the end of each chapter, titled "Every Mother's Prayer" and "Thought for the Day," offer Christian-based spiritual guidance. Author Michele Howe tackles the many issues related to raising older children and acclimating to the inevitable change of the empty nest, particularly in the case of the single mom. Howe approaches parenthood as a privilege and a multi-faceted responsibility that never ends, and illustrates beautifully the bond between parent and child at any stage of life and the value of family in every mother's legacy.
The best thing about this book is that it offers insightful, ethical, sound advice for dealing with a variety of situations in life, and the personal narratives are real-life experiences that each of us can relate to and smile at. I would expect these stories to hold great humor and irony for many moms who have been through similar experiences with their own kids. And for those who have yet to experience them, we can only laugh, try to gain some wisdom and hope for the best.
One mother's son, for example, drops out of college after losing his hard-earned scholarship because of simple lack of direction. He takes out student loans that he has yet to pay back, but then decides to abandon all education or job plans and dash off to Europe with his buddies to do who knows what while his friends go to school. One can only imagine the angst of his poor mom as he glides through young adulthood seemingly oblivious to reality. This particular mom chooses to kick him out and make him pay his own way rather than foot the bill for the ridiculous trip while he puts his life on hold.
One mom who wishes to teach her adult daughters about the responsibilities and challenges of marriage decides to start a weekly role-playing session with them, where they act out the role of a married couple while splurging on fudge ice cream. Another mom whose daughter was suddenly off to college went to clean out her room and found that she felt empty and saddened by all the seemingly discarded items strewn about haphazardly. However, upon looking more closely at her daughter's various possessions dating from young childhood all the way to adulthood, she gained a larger perspective of a childhood well spent and a job well done, and, with that, peace and fulfillment.
This well-written book is unique in that it is based on an ideology of hopefulness and acceptance in the face of adversity, focusing on substance and reason rather than emotional affectation. It is written for a specialized audience, particularly Christian single mothers, and offers a distinctive spiritual background to parental approaches. Howe does an excellent job of exploring many subjects that people don't commonly think about, like caring for an aging parent or how to deal with your in-laws. STILL GOING IT ALONE offers a lot of food for thought for every mother and is well worth reading.
--- Reviewed by Melanie Smith
Still Going It Alone-Excellent Reference Book Jan 31, 2009
The saying, "Once a parent, always a parent," is so true. In her book Still Going It Alone, Michele Howe offers encouragement and advice for single moms who are approaching the empty nest and looking beyond. As well as accepting the changes that take place in the parent/adult-child relationship, single moms need to look to their futures regarding friends, finances, and job opportunities. Michelle provides solid advice on taking care of oneself as well as aging parents and the joys of grandparenting. All the while, she points out the importance of keeping their lives centered on their Maker.
Susan Osborn, Director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service, author of 29 books.
Wise, Warm & Wonderful Jan 18, 2009
This book is unique in the literature of single parenting: The first book we've read (in 25 years as family counselors, specializing in single parents and divorced adults) that talks about single parenting AFTER the kids are grown and gone.
Author Michele Howe is well known to us from her previous books (you can find them right here on this site!) that are excellent resources for any single parent. Now she has created a brand new book that serves a niche market NO ONE has served before.
"Still Going It Alone" is wise, warm and wonderful. Here's the kind of candid and sincere advice you might get from a close personal friend, if you had one, who was experiencing the empty-nest syndrome as a single mom. She'd confide in you, enlighten you and encourage you --- which is just exactly what this book does for the reader.
This is a five-star book and would make a wonderful gift for any single mom you know who has grown (or almost-grown) children to care for.
Dr. David & Lisa Frisbie The Center for Marriage & Family Studies Authors of ten books, including: Raising Great Kids on Your Own: A Guide and Companion for Every Single Parent