Wednesday, February 1, 2012


Title:  Married Moms, Solo Parent
Author:  Carla Ann Coroy
Publisher:  Kregel
Source:  Publisher
Available:  Now
Pages:  288
Rating:  G
Genre:  Non-fiction Parenting

About the Book
Bookstore shelves are full of parenting resources for moms who are newly divorced or widowed. But where do moms turn if they feel like a single parent—but they’re not? Whether he is away on business, deployed in the military, or obsessing over a computer game, dad may not be available for a variety of reasons. Moms who parent in this situation still need help and don’t necessarily relate to the advice given in divorce recovery or single parenting resources.
Married Mom, Solo Parent is a common-sense, down-to-earth look at the struggles wives and mothers face when their husband is not actively involved in family life. Writing from her own experience as a married single mom, Carla Anne Coroy will help wives and mothers sort through their questions, such as: Can I do this alone? How do I raise kids to honor their father? How do I give my children a healthy perspective of marriage if they never see one in action? With practical suggestions, anecdotes, and biblical teaching, this book will encourage moms to see their position as a high calling, to find healing for their worries and frustrations, and to tap into God’s strength for help in facing the daily challenge of being a married mom, solo parent.

My Take:
I had a personal reason for reading this book, my husband is a firefighter/medic, which means if he isn't gone because of work (24 hours on), he's gone for training or his time with the volunteer department or whatever.  I try not to whine, but sometimes (with five kids) it gets crazy.  I was hoping to get encouragement from this book and I did.  If you are struggling to make sense of being alone in a family, I highly suggest you pick up this book.  There are small tips (like how to pick a friend) big tips (how to honor your husband).  It is filled with Biblical references so you know that you are following God's will in anything  that you do.  I liked that she included her husband's perspective on the years she felt like a single mom, and I believe that many men are probably oblivious like he was.  I read this rather quickly to form a review for the publisher, but I am now going to take the time and get in depth and use the personal reflection journal that Carla provides on her website.   She has many other resources available as well, including study discussion guides if you want to use this as a book discussion guide.
It is a small book, but it is jam packed with inspirition and how to open a line of communcation, between yourself and God, your spouse, family and friends. 

Buy it, Read it, Apply it!  Well...if you are in a married mom, solo parent relationship!
About the Author:
Carla Anne Coroy has served full-time with organizations such as Youth for Christ and Crown Financial Ministries, and is currently developing an international mentoring organization for youth and a ministry to wives who parent alone. She runs the Married Single Mom blog at and her website   She speaks regularly and serves as a staff writer for an online Christian women’s magazine Mentoring Moments for Christian Women. Carla Anne lives in Canada with her husband and four homeschooled children.

And now ...a surprise guest post from the author:

Martyr Mom or Servant Model?

By Carla Anne Coroy
Do you know a martyr mom? She does her teens‟ laundry and makes their lunches. She cleans the house from top to bottom?all by herself. She stays up late, day in and day out, doing all of the unfinished work.

She‟s the mom who „sacrificially‟ gives up a family outing?even though they were her kids' chores she stayed home to do. She recites her arm-length to-do list after telling you about how she agreed to help her kids with their various projects.
You likely know a martyr mom. But have you ever wondered if you might be one?
We started serving our families out of love. We loved them as we did their laundry. We served them as we packed lunches, cleaned bathrooms, drove carpools, and fixed bicycles . . . And then somewhere along the line, our serving morphed into martyrdom.
Is doing everything for everyone really loving? How can we protect ourselves from being matyr moms?

What would Jesus advise you to do? He taught his disciples to do what he was doing. He took them along wherever he went. He let them do some work. He sent them out to preach, heal, and cast out demons. Sometimes they did well, other times they came back wondering what went wrong. Jesus knew they needed plenty of room to try, and sometimes to fail. He didn‟t hover to make sure they did things perfectly and neither did he rush to fix things when their attempts went awry.
To be servant models, we need to imitate Jesus. We need to give our children the tools to work hard and develop responsibility. Let your children watch you work, then work with you, and eventually you can watch them work and succeed without you. Give them household chores and tasks so they can develop skills, recognize what they are capable of, and discover their contribution is valuable.

We need to teach our children to set boundaries. Let your children see you turn down requests to serve sometimes. Do you really need to volunteer on every committee? Healthy boundaries encourage your kids to experience the joy of serving and to choose best over good.
Serving our families requires us to teach our kids to do their best. If we expect their best and then accept what they do, we are setting them up to succeed and persevere. If your children do their best but it isn‟t as good as you would do it, leave it alone. Don‟t redo the job! If Jesus only accepted perfect work from his people, he wouldn‟t  have chosen the rag-tag team of men he did. He expects our best, and then accepts it, even when our efforts fall short.
Love sometimes says no. When we are exhausted and we do for our kids what they could do for themselves, we are teaching them they don‟t need to care about how they affect others. We are also saying that our poorest effort is better than their best. Occasionally saying no to our children also gives them permission to say no when a request butts up against their limits.
Serving also means looking around to see how you might bless someone. It means bringing a meal to a sick family, or clothes to the family who needs some, or giving Daddy a backrub. Teach your children to ask, "How could I serve someone today?" Give them the joy of serving others at home, and by volunteering at church or in the community.
Let‟s leave the Martyr Mom complex behind and be like Jesus—Servant Models.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for your super review and letting me share the post! You are a blessing! And FIVE kids - Way to go! Congratulations on being a mom AND a blogger who reads so many books. What a fabulous thing to do!

    Many blessings,
    Carla Anne