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VickyLynnIllinoisAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Helpful Tips and Advice for RelocatingApril 25, 2016VickyLynnIllinoisAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0A few months ago, due to my husband's new job, I was certain we were going to have to uproot our family and move to a new town. So, I became interested in doing a review of this revised book, "After the Boxes Are Unpacked," by Susan Miller. As of now, we haven't made a final decision on whether or not we will be moving. I am hoping things will work out that we won't have to move because the to-do list of re-locating is incredibly overwhelming, and the adjustment process is stressful on the entire family. But, if we do end up moving, I will be using some of the tips/advice given in this book to unpack my "survival box." To be more clear, the "survival box" is a list of suggestions given at the end of a chapter that can help you alleviate loneliness, express your love for your husband, be more organized, help your children through the adjustment process, and put your focus in the right place... just to name a few.
It's really hard to pinpoint the most helpful tip I learned from this book, because there are so many; but I love the Scripture references that are included, and the encouraging tone of the book. I like how the author stresses the point on page 39, "A life change like moving is not easy. But God doesn't always want to make it easy for us, for it's in those stressful times that we grow closer to Him. Sometimes God allows us to go through an experience for the powerful lessons we could learn no other way."
So, for those of you who have recently moved, or are planning on moving soon, this would be a good book for you to get. The advice the author gives is given out of her own experiences of moving, and it can help lead you in the step by step process of (1) letting go, (2) starting over, and (3) moving forward.
NOTE: Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book, and I have expressed my own opinion.
MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5After The Boxes Are UnpackedApril 19, 2016MadeoverBedford,TexasAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An essential relocation guide refreshed and updated for todays movers.
More than 34 million Americans move each year, and studies show it can be one of the heaviest strains on a marriage. For women especially, relocating can be a traumatic event. With true stories, ingenious insights, and helpful hints, this great book makes transitioning smoother so women can get on with their lives. Those who are moving will find this valuable book as important as packing tape. Divided into three sections,After the Boxes are Unpacked helps recent movers focus on letting go of their past, starting over, and moving ahead. Topics include the following:
How to manage the emotional stress of leaving family and friends
How to support your spouse through a relocation
How to build new relationships in a new city
How to help children adjust to new surroundings and make friends
How to find a new church home
How to navigate financial challenges related to moving
How to discover Gods will for you and your family in a new city
From the back cover . . .
Help and Hope to Make It Through Your Move
Discover the encouragement and practical advice you need to survive your move and
even thrive! Susan has helped thousands of women just like you, ans she shares the essential tools you need for a smoother transition.
life-giving biblical principles and ideas for coping with change
ideas for building relationships in a new community
true stories and powerful inspiration
empathy and insights for the hard times
survival boxed full of helpful hunts
What I thought . . .
I was thrilled for opportunity to read this book. The author states she moved 14 times. I was interested and intrigued because I/we have moved almost that many times!
I so needed this book back in the day when our children were home and I navigated through the near trauma of moving out of state.
I wish I had this resource. I would have been much more prepared for certain things. I'm a list maker and
very organized when it comes to packing and moving and experienced.
But the topics that are covered in this book are ones that I needed help with. Leaving friends and finding new ones.
Susan does an excellent job of sharing helps and hints. And she provides godly counsel. This book is easy to read and is an excellent book to share with friends that might need an introduction to God and his faithfulness.
Susan is dedicated to helping other women navigate the process of moving and has founded a
non-profit called Just Moved. She provides a large number of resources here.
This book is a great resource for women. I highly recommend it.
Rating . . .
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
This post is linked to:
The Art of Homemaking, Titus Tuesday, Warm Heart Wednesday, Share Your Cup, Home and Garden Party
Alison4 Stars Out Of 5Practical and wise.March 30, 2016AlisonQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0In these days of adjusting to a new place, this book felt like a kind older woman at church taking me under her wing and fixing me a cup of tea. Susan Miller speaks with wisdom and experience, gently offering correction and pointing the reader towards the Lord. She doesnt minimize the pain of leaving home and being transplanted, especially if it is the third, fourth or tenth time. In a time with much moving, this resource is truly a gem. I havent found much on transition or moving, and the simple truths Susan offers felt like a salve. She encourages the reader practically and spiritually, offering Scripture for any emotion during the transition and tips for how to proactively work towards a new beginning. I loved all Susans encouragement for self-care and realistic expectations for settling in. Remember Rome wasnt built in a day, and your house wont be settled in a day either. Have one goal per day. Dont try to get new license plates, a library card and a drivers license all at once. (43) My heart came away encouraged and pointed towards the Lord as the one who goes with me wherever I go. B+ for me.
Being uprooted by any life change can leave you feeling like youve hit rock bottom. You can either stay there or see God as the rock and foundation upon which to rebuild your life. (54)
*Tyndale House Publishers have provided me with a complimentary copy of After the Boxes are Unpacked in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255
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