An Encouraging and Comforting Book for Those Facing the Empty Nest

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We go to great lengths to prepare for other major events in our lives--marriage, a new job, a move, a baby--why should the empty nest be any different?

Facing Your Spouse's Midlife Challenges

We go to great lengths to prepare for other major events in our lives--marriage, a new job, a move, a baby--why should the empty nest be any different?

From the cutting of their first tooth to high school graduation, you've been with them every step of the way—loving, nurturing, and equipping your children for adulthood. And then they are off--immersed in a new life filled with fresh experiences and opportunities, and bonding with people you've never met.

Meanwhile, back at home, you suddenly find yourself feeling displaced as your daily role as "Mom" is no longer needed. You feel foolish about the depth of your grief over this normal "life passage" and wonder if you're the only mom who is struggling…

Unprepared for the roller coaster of emotions she experienced when her own daughters left for college, Mary Ann Froehlich offers comfort, encouragement, and hope for women in this season of life as she openly shares how with God's help, careful preparation, and the support of others, a potential meltdown can be turned into a "Midlife Masterpiece." Thousands of parents will turn to this helpful resource again and again as they read chapters such as, "Grieving When Your Child Leaves Home," "Facing Your Spouse's Midlife Challenges," and "Developing Midlife Support Networks."

"As one who has already passed through this phase, I can say, 'I wish I had had this book before then to prepare or while I was going through it. It is great! It is enlightening and encouraging. She writes like she is right there with you....It would also make a great study guide for a ladies' group."

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Each chapter includes questions for journaling and group discussion.

About the Author

Mary Ann Froehlich works as a music therapist and Suzuki music teacher, focusing on children with special needs. She is a contributor to journals and the author of 10 books including What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Say (with Peggy Sue Wells; ISBN 0-7642-2371-2). Mary Ann and her husband have been married for 27 years, and she is the midlife mom of two college-age daughters and a teenage son.

When You’re Facing the Empty Nest by Mary Ann Froehlich

ISBN 0-7642-0018-6; Trade Paperback; $12.99; 144 pp.

An excerpt is available at http://www.bethanyhouse.com/emptynest
Available at your local bookstore, bethanyhouse.com or by calling 1-800-877-2665.

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