As the single mother of a child with Autism, I often struggle to find a balance between nurturing and protecting him from the sometimes harsh world we live in and helping him gain the skills, knowledge, abilities, and self-reliance he will need to live an independent adult life. When I was recently granted the privilege of reviewing a copy of The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana from Publisher David C. Cook, I knew it was a book I had to read.
The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World is a 52 day devotional for mothers on releasing your children into the world with grace. We've nurtured them since the day they were born. We've protected them from harm. Our identity is deeply rooted in the title of Mom, Momma, or Mother. When it comes time for them to spread their wings and fly, we can sometimes be hesitant of allowing them the freedom they need to be independent. Raising a child with Autism, I have found myself often wondering what the future will hold. I have felt concern over letting my child out of my sight. What if he doesn't understand something and becomes frustrated? What if he has a meltdown? What if he cant self-regulate? Will the others with him understand or even know how to help him? Letting go can be a real challenge.
In The Joy of Letting Go, Vicki says it best: "On the one hand, we are actively preparing our children for adulthood; on the other, we're holding on to still being needed. It's a tricky balance." Vicki offers a myriad words of wisdom to all moms who are or will soon be learning how to let go. She illustrates her points through anecdotal short-stories. Each devotional starts with a quote from a famous person. It is then followed by the devotional/anecdotal short-story. Next is a section entitled the Thought Poke in which a reflective question is asked. Lastly, a pertinent Bible verse is shared to end that day's devotional. I highly recommend this book to all moms.
Title: The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World
Author: Vicki Caruana
Publisher: David C. Cook
Retail Price: $16.99
Publication Date: April 1, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, and eBook
Number of Pages: 240:
Vicki Caruana is the mother of two grown sons and knows "The Joy of Letting Go" firsthand. Like me, she chose to homeschool her children. Those years, create special bonds. Furthermore, Vicki has been a teacher in public schools teaching K through 12th grade, gifted, and special education students. Now, Dr. Vicki Carauna is a Professor of Education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York where she teaches the next generation of teachers the skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary to help their students be successful learners. Vicki has written over 20 books and maintains a blog: Apples & Chalkdust. Lastly, Vicki has also appeared on Focus on the Family's parenting DVD series: Starting Points. You can find out more about Vicki on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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