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REVIEW: Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest: Discovering New Purpose, Passion, and Your Next Great Adventure by Barbara Rainey, Susan Alexander Yates

Barbara and Susan help empty-nest women redefine the “mom” role.  I thought they did a good job looking at the empty nest stage through a variety of circumstances.  They include their own experiences and they draw on the stories of other women who have moved beyond the high school years.  It’s coming and I can see some good things and some sad things.  Having just moved our oldest into his own apartment for his first real job, I thought it was time to tackle this topic.

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I greatly enjoyed the insight.  I felt that enough of the experiences they portrayed were close to my own.  I found a “fit” in several of their topics.  Thanks to Bethany House Publishers for providing me an ARC for a review in my own words.

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REVIEW: Song of Silence by Cynthia Ruchti

Lucy Tuttle, long-time and devoted music teacher, finds out she has been RIFFED.  Arts and music are often on the chopping block and Lucy’s program is destroyed by budget cuts.  Music is Lucy’s life, even though she’s married with two grown children.  Ripping her from her school program is painful for her and she becomes depressed. Her recently retired husband, Charlie, has plans for this new time together and Lucy just isn’t ready for so much closeness and inactivity.  Olivia and Sam, their children, bring new twists to this period of silence for Lucy.  It is a great story that I suspect resonates with many people put into a retirement situation not of their own choosing.  See what God has for you in the rests, in the silence, though.

Thanks to Abingdon Press for providing an ARC to me for a review in my own words.

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