Dear God, He's Home! A Woman's Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man  -     By: Janet Thompson
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Dear God, He's Home! takes an honest and transparent look at the struggles women encounter when a husband, for whatever reason, becomes a stay-at-home man. They wonder, "Will my routine ever get back to normal?" Sharing from personal experience, Janet Thompson helps women deal with the real-life issues of why the husband is home (health reasons, job loss, retirement), grieve their losses, discover a new purpose, and restore marital happiness. The book contains personal reflective questions, discussion questions, and small group discussion questions. It also includes testimonials from Janet's husband and other couples facing similar circumstances.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: New Hope Publishers
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.40 (inches)
ISBN: 1596693649
ISBN-13: 9781596693647
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What do you do when your husband calls and says he's lost his job? How do you handle a husband who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and is now homebound? Will your routine ever get back to normal now that your loving husband who has been deployed for 12 months is now suddenly back at home? Regardless of the reason he's home, one fact is clear . . . he's home. Dear God, He's Home is a practical, honest look at how women can deal with a spouse--regardless of the reason--who is forced to become a stay-at-home man. Husbands across the country are experiencing life changes and are being forced home for multiple reasons including health changes, job loss, end of military deployment, and other factors. Their wives are being forced to deal with these changes, too, and the combination of stresses can take its toll on a marriage. Couples do not have to go through these changes alone. Author and former Saddleback Church leader Janet T. Thompson shares from her heart and her personal experience on how to deal with the paralyzing shock that comes with life changes; what to do next; how to deal with people's reactions; grieving the losses associated with any change; discovering a new focus and purpose as a couple; and restoring the joy to your marital relationship. Dear God, He's Home includes personal thought questions, discussion questions for couples, and a small-group discussion guide.

Author Bio

Janet Thompson, founder and director of About His Work Ministries, is an author and speaker on topics relevant to today's Christian.

Janet discovered her purpose when God called her to "Feed My sheep." Janet answered that call by developing the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church, where she and her husband, Dave, have been members since 1987. Janet served as a lay minister for 12 years leading Saddleback's Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry, and she continues to share the blessings of mentoring by training churches around the world.

Dave and Janet have four married children and love being Grammie and Grampa to eleven beautiful grandchildren. They make their home in rural Idaho.

From the Publisher

What do you do when your husband calls and says he's lost his job? How do you handle a husband who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's and is now homebound? Will your routine ever get back to normal now that your loving husband, who has been deployed for 12 months, is now suddenly back at home? Regardless of the reason he's home, one fact is clear...he's home.

Dear God, He's Home! is a practical, honest look at how women can deal with a spouse - regardless of the reason - who is forced to become a stay-at-home man. Husbands across the country are experiencing life changes and are being forced home for multiple reasons including health changes, job loss, end of military deployment, and other factors. Their wives are being forced to deal with these changes, too, and the combination of stresses can take its toll on a marriage.

Couples do not have to go through these changes alone. Author and former Saddleback Church leader Janet T. Thompson shares from her heart and her personal experience on how to deal with the paralyzing shock that comes with life changes; what to do next; how to deal with people's reactions; grieving the losses associated with any change; discovering a new focus and purpose as a couple; and restoring the joy to your marital relationship.

Dear God, He’s Home! includes personal thought questions, discussion questions for couples, and a small-group discussion guide.

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  1. debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Easy to Relate To!
    March 4, 2014
    debhgrty
    Plymouth MA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love this book and submitted a story to it that you will find on page 162.

    You will enjoy it, too - whether you have a hubby about to retire or one who has been retired for ages, you'll find yourself reflected in the pages and learn some additional life lessons!

    "After Ken's layoff, I'd wake up in the night trembling with fear and sneak out of bed to sit by the fireplace with my Bible. I'd read and read until finally peace came . . . and it always did . . . at least enough for that night." -Deborah

    THE WIFE OF A STAY-AT-HOME man is going to talk to God—a lot!

    Maybe she'll write a cathartic letter in her journal: Dear God,. . . . Another wife might begin her pleading or thankful prayers with "Dear God,". . . . Still other wives in times of desperation or frustration cry out, "Dear God, HE'S HOME!"

    Words of Wisdom from Wives with a Stay-at-Home Man:

    * Make each day the best it can be. You don't know how many days you'll have left together. —Alice

    * Understand where your husband is at in his life and don't make his retirement or at-home-experience miserable. —Alice

    * Don't belittle or put down your husband—build him up. Find out his concerns and needs, don't just focus on your own. —Alice

    * Communicate your needs honestly and lovingly. —Joan

    * When shopping together, pick a store that also has sporting, gardening, or electronic departments and let your husband browse or send him to find something. —Sue

    * What's important to your spouse should also be important to you and what's important to God should be important to both of you! —Janet
  2. Lainey
    Rome, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Change Dear God, He's Home to Thank God, He's Home
    October 11, 2013
    Lainey
    Rome, NY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I didn't need to read this book. Or so I thought. My husband goes to work every morning, has a stable job, and our retirement plans are set.

    But God's plan can change our plans in a moment.

    Disability, unemployment, illness, home from war, home office, retirement, or other reasons may suddenly have your man occupying your space.

    Janet Thompson walks you through this journey with assurance that whatever brought your husband home did not catch God off guard. You are not alone.

    You can plan for the logistical and financial changes of a stay-at-home husband, but Janet leads you through the emotional upheaval so you can live happily ever after with your stay-at-home man.

    "Dear God, He's Home" helps you find God's purpose in this journey so you say with a smile of contentment, "Thank God! He's home!"

    Highly recommend for all wives seeking marital fulfillment, contentment, and happiness, whether your man is home or not!

    Elaine W. Miller

    Speaker and Author of "We All Married Idiots: Three Things You Will Never Change About Your Marriage and Ten Things You Can"
  3. Sherry
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ministers to both Civilian and Military Wives!
    May 8, 2013
    Sherry
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Janet Thompson's book, Dear God, He's Home! may very well be the first of its kind! Janet's God-given gift, and heart-felt desire, to mentor women from all walks of life has allow her the ability to reach beyond her civilian world experiences, and minister effectively to both civilian and military wives! This resource speaks to the hearts of women, inspiring and equipping them to embrace their God-ordained marriages through the journeys of having a stay-at-home man. It is humorous, and often times, serious and raw, but that is what sets this book a part from all the rest!

    From the Publisher's Website:

    "What do you do when your husband calls and says he's lost his job? How do you handle a husband who has been diagnosed with Parkinson's, and is now homebound? Will your routine ever get back to normal now that your loving husband who has been deployed for 12 months is now suddenly back at home? Regardless of the reason he's home, one fact is clear . . . he's home.

    Dear God, He's Home! is a practical, honest look at how women can deal with a spouse—regardless of the reason—who is forced to become a stay-at-home man. Husbands across the country are experiencing life changes and are being forced home for multiple reasons including health changes, job loss, end of military deployment, and other factors. Their wives are being forced to deal with these changes, too, and the combination of stresses can take its toll on a marriage."

    During a recent interview with Faith Deployed, Jocelyn Green inquired as to how this book would help women whose husbands were returning from deployment?

    Janet replied, "Military wives would be good mentors to every woman with a stay-at-home husband because they experience the reintegration process every time their husband returns home from deployment. The wife has been in charge while her husband is gone and they both have to figure out how to transition him back into the home schedule and activities, and she has to relinquish responsibilities taken over in his absence. The chapter topics and Mentoring Moments in the book offer encouragement and ideas for dealing with specific issues.

    Dear God, He's Home! shares stories from military wives and their coping tips, which are often applicable to every wife with a stay-at-home man. For example, Kathryn shared: "In talking to many military wives, one of the biggest challenges of a loved one returning home is meeting him right where he's at and adjusting to the "new normal." Every woman with a stay-at-home man experiences a "new normal."

    Also in the "Sanity Tools" section of the book there is a section dedicated to support for military couples."

    When my Army National Guard husband returned home from deployment, he was fully focused on home repairs, politics, and dreams of retiring on 20 acres of land down south. It made no difference that his retirement from civilian work was eleven years away. Nothing would deter him from dreaming! And like Kathryn shared in the above example, one of my biggest challenges I had was meeting my husband right where he was, to adjust and embrace this new season of our lives together.

    Through laughter and tears, frustration and fears, Janet's book breathed life into my soul, inspiring me to embrace this new season, with every transparent journal entry, Mentoring Moment, God-given love letter and personalized prayer offered. I love Janet's transparency of heart, and you will too!

    Dear God He's Home! can be read as a devotional on your own, with your husband, or with a small group of other wives or couples with stay at-home husbands. This book comes with a study guide and discussion questions at the end of each chapter.

    I highly recommend this book and encourage you to give this book as a gift to all wives whom the Lord allows to cross your path. You just never know when, suddenly, they may have a stay-at-home man!
  4. Boise Goat Lady Robinson
    Boise, ID
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Couples Adjusting to a New Closeness
    May 6, 2013
    Boise Goat Lady Robinson
    Boise, ID
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of C.S. Lewis's students said, "We read to know we are not alone". When we read stories of people who face some of the same struggles we face, it reminds us that we are not alone humanly speaking. We as Christians, know we are not alone, but have the comfort of the Holy Spirit. But there is another saying about "beings with skin on" that God has provided to us for companionship and encouragement. I found this book helpful in looking at my own situation of having a man at home and how I might be a better servant to God. Janet is one of the pioneers of Women's Help books and praise God that she was obedient to Him in being about His work! Why don't you have a valuable and informative read today? by Mary Y Robinson
  5. Lisa Copen
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Janet addresses what no one talk about...
    April 10, 2013
    Lisa Copen
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This is an excellent book filled with what people rarely talk about--how hard it can be for a couple to redefine their marriage and relationship when both the man and woman are home. Even though you can love your spouse unconditionally, you may not love the game shows in the background, feeling like your schedule is all messed up, or that he wants you go to to the home improvement store when him two hours before company arrives. My husband is still working, however, I live with rheumatoid arthritis and I know how odd it can feel when I am going through a physical crisis and my husband takes off a week to help me. It throws off all the normalcy and how we define our roles. For couples who experience this daily, it can easily cause resentment that builds up and can harm a relationship. Janet's book can help you work through the feelings you may have without putting additional strain (or blame) on your husband.

    Janet, in her typical fashion, shares experiences of her own and others. She is authentic, yet kind. And she shares tips from lessons she has learned along the way. She writes about how to keep the love alive in a marriage of a new season when everything changes. And she does it kindly. Her book is full of humor that makes us smile and she shares some of her own personal challenges, but it is not a book that is filled with jokes at the man's expense--something that is rare these days. I recommend it and can think of many couples who would benefit from it who I know. (Mom, you will get your copy soon. LOL)
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