Going it Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom  -     By: Michele Howe
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Going it Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom

Hendrickson Publishers / 2000 / Paperback

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When the harsh reality of separation, divorce or widowhood sinks in, facing life as a single mom can feel like living in a whirlpool. Going It Alone offers practical yet compassionate advice for single momsand shows them how to anchor themselves in the promises of God.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 144
Vendor: Hendrickson Publishers
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1565634527
ISBN-13: 9781565634527
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Publisher's Description

When the reality of separation, divorce, or widowhood sinks in, encountering life as a single mother can be an overwhelming experience. Share in the stories of other single moms who have faced past hurts, dealt with present fears, and built a future of promise, while they contended with life'''s everyday pressures. Through the pages of this practical book, Michele Howe offers sensitive, compassionate advice for women who are confronting the challenge of being a single mom. Be encouraged; with God'''s help, hope and healing are not only possible, but promised.

Topics include:

• Helping children cope• Strengthening family identity• Raising a masculine son in a house of females• Caring for children with special needs• Creating balance in every area of life, despite burdensome and exhausting situations• Returning to the workforce

Bonus feature: "Funstarts"
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Author Bio

Michele Howe is a reviewer for Publishers Weekly, FaithfulReader.com, Aspiring Retail, Foreword Magazine, TeenReads.com, KidsRead.com, among many others national and international publications. She has published over 1000 reviews/articles and has been featured on numerous radio shows across the country speaking on topics such as parenting and a diverse range of women's health issues. Her work has been published in MORE, FIRST for Women, Good Housekeeping, Christianity Today, Discipleship Journal, Midwest Living, Parentlife, Fullfill, Christian Single, Single Parent Family, Focus on the Family, and Connections. She also does copywriting and manuscript reviewing for several publishing houses including New Growth Press.

Michele is the author of ten books for women. Her book, "Going It Alone: Meeting the Challenges of Being a Single Mom" (Hendrickson Publishers), provided hope and practical helps for single moms new to parenting solo. She has also authored "Pilgrim Prayers for Single Mothers" (Pilgrim Press) and a third book of helps for single mothers titled, "Successful Single Moms" (Pilgrim Press.) In addition to these resources for single mothers, Michele wrote four separate titles combining real life stories with inspirational prayer retreats. These titles published by (Jossey-Bass) include: "Prayers for Homeschooling Moms," "Prayers to Nourish a Woman's Heart," "Prayers of Comfort and Strength" and "Prayers for New and Expecting Moms."

Her newest books include a follow-up resource to "Going it Alone" titled, "Still Going It Alone: Mothering with Faith and Finesse Once the Children Have Grown" (Hendrickson Publishers) and "Burdens Do a Body Good: Meeting Life's Challenges with Strength and Soul" co-authored with orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Christopher A. Foetisch (Hendrickson Publishers).

In addition to her article and books writing, Michele writes a weekly women's lifestyle and single parenting column at www.bizymoms.com. Read Michele's column at: http://www.bizymoms.com/experts/michele-howe/index.html In line with her passion for working with single parents, Michele's resources offer encouragement to women 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, women can learn how to recognize (and find solace in) significant life-markers and by so doing, acquire the strength to embrace their daily challenges.

Editorial Reviews

"Michele Howe has given wise counsel to any single parent, and for that matter, any parent. You'll find in this honest book practical ideas, identification with your struggle, and encouraging words. After reading it, you'll have hope! You can make it, and Michele tells you how."
—Kathy Collard Miller, Author and Editor

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Author/Artist Review

Author: Michele Howe
Located in: LaSalle, Michigan
Submitted: May 23, 2000

    What was your motivation behind this project?  Some years ago, a close friend called to ask me if I thought her marriage was in trouble. Within a few months, my friend wasn't wondering any longer. She knew. About that same time, another close friend called with the news of her own impending divorce. Both of these women found themselves facing life and parenting on their own. At the time, their pain of abandonment felt like death to all who loved them. This heavy chain of unresolved emotions, of dreams and broken promises, left my friends and their children in agonizing pain. Together we wept. One day led to another, weeks turned to months, and months to years. Eventually, healing found root in their hearts and lives. But time alone did not soften the blows. Jesus Christ and his redemptive power at work in my friends' lives did. In ways I can only describe as miraculous, God brought mpleteness and genuine healing to these moms and their children. Today, my friends and their children are thriving, not circumstantially, but providentially. Each day continues to bring new trials and struggles as they labor to make their houses into homes where God is Lord. The fruit of their labor has already multiplied in the hearts of their children and those whom they influence. Single mom, this book was written in celebration of you. My prayer is that this text, born of the pain carried by other single moms, will bring help and healing along the way. "O Lord my God, I called to you for help and you healed me...You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever." (Ps. 30:2, 11-12).

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