Thursday, June 29, 2017

Book Review - Guide To The Empty Nest


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 ( is a wife, mother of six adult children (plus three sons-in-law and two daughters-in-law), and "Mimi" to twenty-one grandchildren. After graduating from the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history, Barbara joined the staff of Campus Crusade for Christ in 1971. Her husband, Dennis, whom she married in 1972, is the president of FamilyLife, a ministry of Campus Crusade that is headquartered in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Barbara has published articles on family-related topics and is the author and coauthor of many books. She speaks at FamilyLife's Weekend to Remember marriage conferences and is a frequent guest on FamilyLife Today, a nationally syndicated daily radio program. Having faithfully served alongside Dennis for more than forty years both in ministry and at home, Barbara has recently launched a new endeavor called Ever Thine Home. This line of decorative home products for women makes it easy to express faith at home in a way that is both biblical and beautiful (

Susan Alexander 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.

More Info: Twitter @Susanayates


As a mom who has grown children, this book was something I really wanted to read. I think all moms have a hard time when their children grow up and leave but as a homeschool mom, this was especially difficult as everything I did was about my children. This book was something I really needed to read.

This book reminded me that my life is not over - in fact, it's the start of a new beginning. If we focus on our relationship with God, we can allow Him to lead us into the next chapter of our lives. I can be happy that my children are thriving well and take pride in the fact that I launched them into their new lives well.

I especially loved the personal stories that Susan and Barbara brought to this book. So many of the stories resonated with me and I was very inspired and encouraged by them. I like that they encourage us to set goals for ourselves and to do some of those things that we have always dreamed of doing.

My take away that inspired me the most from this book, is to find a purpose and do things I enjoy doing. It's a great book that helped me over-come a lot of the sadness and floundering I had been feeling. I highly recommend this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Bethany House Publishers

Blessings - Julie

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