Book Review and Giveway: God Loves Single Moms

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Life for a single mother can often feel overwhelming, frustrating and out-of-control: The juggling act of childcare, providing income, running the home and enjoying quality time with her family can leave her feeling pulled in all directions—and with little time to nurture herself emotionally, mentally or spiritually.

What It’s About

Author, Teresa Whitehurst, is a clinical psychologist who has experienced the challenges of single motherhood firsthand and tackles these pressing issues in her new book God Loves Single Moms. With practical pointers, professional expertise and spiritual insights, God Loves Single Moms is an encouraging and comprehensive guide to traversing single motherhood successfully.

From finagling finances to putting food on the table, from learning how to take charge of her family’s future to seeking solace in God’s love and guidance, Whitehurst helps women learn how to manage the responsibilities of being a single mom with confidence. She knows all too well how much pressure women are apt to put on themselves, so Whitehurst also encourages women to learn the necessity for making time for themselves and nurturing their own dreams.

Some of the topics that God Loves Single Moms explores include:
o    How to cultivate and embrace the necessary leadership skills as a single mom
o    Setting short- and long-term goals for her personal and her family’s growth
o    Finding the courage to ask for what she needs from others
o    How to recognize her child’s physical, spiritual, and psychological needs
o    Devising a behavioral plan for her children and effective ways to discipline
o    Evaluate her financial situation and make plans for saving and money-management
o    Learning to nurture her dreams for the future

o    Becoming aware of any unrealistic expectations readers may be placing on themselves
o    Identifying helpful vs. unhelpful guilt and worry
o    What to look for to know whether she’s providing herself with adequate self-care

Each chapter looks at a different challenge and includes Scripture, prayers, questions for reflection, and inspiring stories from other single moms. There is also a thorough inventory questionnaire that helps readers take an in-depth look at the various aspects of their personal and family life and gauge areas where they are succeeding and areas where they would like to see improvement.

Filled with encouragement, compassion and contagious enthusiasm, Teresa Whitehurst helps readers discover how to make single parenthood a success through her practical tips, professional insights, and the knowledge that they are truly loved by God.

About the Author

Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling as well as personal and career coaching. She has worked as a psychotherapist for many years in private practice, at Harvard Medical School, and at Kaiser-Permanente. Dr. Whitehurst writes and speaks on parenting and personal development issues and is the author of How Would Jesus Raise Your Child? She is a single mom who has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

My Take

When I saw the subject of the email about this book and the title, I thought, oh, I’ll skip this one.  But the email said, “please consider reviewing this book, even if you are not one of the target audience because your readers may be”.  Well, of course, what was I thinking?!  And as it turned out, there were many, many helpful tips for moms period.  Whether you are a single mom or a married mom, author Teresa Whitehurst, has put together an excellent book of parenting and life advice.  I really loved this book.  It was easy to read and pick up information without getting bogged down in too much theory or background.

Similar to magazine survey-type articles, Dr. Whitehurst used questionnaires to help you determine if you had a problem in different categories.  It made it fun and as you went along, you could tell if you were getting into an area where you could use some advice.

The advice given in the book is very practical and down-to-earth.  For example, in the organization section, Dr. Whitehurst uses examples of shoe organization to illustrate her advice telling you to do what works for you, not what you think you “should” be doing.

I definitely give this book an A+ and recommend it highly!

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Disclosure: I was sent a copy of God Loves Single Moms to review.

Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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    My biggest challenge as a single mom is not spending enough time with my son. Working all week and then needing time to do the other things like laundry, cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, etc. Trying to fit it all in. It’s tough.

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