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Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of p ...more
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Published April 1st 2017 by David C Cook
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Deana Dick
Apr 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have not looked forward to the empty nest at all. Two of my boys are already on their own. I still have one boy at home who will be eighteen in October. It is exciting to here about him looking forward to college, but my heart breaks because then the empty nest starts. One of the hardest things I have had to learn is to let go and trust God. I loved the examples the author gives in the book of how the transition can be made easier . I love the way the devotional is set up with different topics ...more
Karen Barnett
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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My first child is preparing to leave the nest--graduating in a few weeks, heading off to college in a couple of months. I'm happy for him, but still a little torn up inside. The Joy of Letting Go has been a wonderful help. It includes short tidbits of inspiration and peace reminding me that I'm not the only one going through this, and a gentle push to look for reasons to celebrate and take joy in this change. I was expecting a how-to type of book, but this is more like reading the words of a goo ...more
Lori
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really needed this book! Sending my only child, my daughter, off to college was so hard! She’s my best friend. I struggled those first couple of days but then one of the devotions from this book was on my YouVersion App...it was Day 10...which was straight from God to me in my time of need. Boy did that one hit me right in the gut! I went to a local Christian bookstore to try to get this book but they did not have it. One gentleman there prayed with me though! I went on to another bookstore ho ...more
Sarah Sundin
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With warm realism, thought-provoking questions, and Scripture, The Joy of Letting Go challenges us as mothers, while encouraging and affirming. In an era of “helicopter parenting,” the devotions serve as an excellent reminder that our parenting duty shifts from pure protection to helping our young people gain autonomy and competence. I strongly recommend this book to moms of teens and young adults.
Jalynn Patterson
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, The Joy of Letting Go will comfort and inspire parents in all seasons of parenting.


My Review:

We are to raise our children so that when the ti
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Shelly Mills
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: parenting
As parents of a mentally challenged adult child, letting go has been a problem for my husband and I. Cutting the apron strings and allowing her to continue the journey as the grownup she is has been painful at best. A particular passage resonated for me on "Day 5" where Vicki talks about her son's difficulty with school, that for him it was like "riding a bicycle through mud." She went on to say in the Thought Poke "is your child's path built for the kind of tires they have? You can trust that G ...more
Beth
May 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from Litfuse Publicity and David C. Cook for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Book Description:

Parents let go of their children every day, even in ways they don’t realize. The 52 devotional readings within shine a light on all the times readers have loosened their grip on their children and encourages them to continue to let go in life-giving ways. Written by a parenting and education expert, T
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LeAnne Klopfenstein
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While 'The Joy of Letting Go~Releasing your Teen into the Big World' is promoted as a devotional, the pages flow so seamlessly you'll find it absolutley impossible to read only one excerpt at a time. I'm a mother of six, and my oldest three children are 16, 15, and almost 13. I've read many Christian parenting books over the years, and this book is truly one of THE BEST I have ever read. It's specific focus is on the importance of you--as a parent--understanding how critical it is to raise up yo ...more
Helen Auriga
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaways
This book was ok, I personally didn't get anything out of reading it. Since it was a book for review I read it over a few days rather than the 52 days as a devotional which made the read disjointed with topics jumping between different ages and scenarios.
There were acronyms that must be from the USA as I had no idea what they meant and they weren't explained (I'm a non US reviewer).
I didn't really understand why the book needed to be a devotional. The book read like a series of blog posts
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Sarah
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
In this great little devotional "The Joy of Letting Go", Vicki has put together readings for 52 days or 52 weeks, which ever you prefer. She writes from real life experiences with her son and she does a great job showing the reader that just because your children are now teens, you don't give up on them. Actually, being teenagers, this is the time more than ever to instill and invest time with them. I loved her transparency about mistakes, her practical examples, parenting tips, and the "thought ...more
Natalie Walters
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This little 52 week devotional is filled with scripture, quotes, and personal stories written to help parents whether they are embarking the newness of a child's independence or edging the empty-nest stage.

Having one daughter already in college and another leaving this year, I found some of the advice and encouragement helpful. Because I was reviewing this book I didn't have the luxury of reading it on a weekly basis and that maybe would've helped the book not feel so disjointed in i
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Crystal Carney
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My oldest will be 14 in a few months & I have been struggling with the fact that she is growing up. I know she will be going to college, moving out, getting married etc all too soon. Vicki Caruana's book "The Joy Of Letting Go" has 52 devotions to help you get ready for your teens to grow up and move on.

This book is full of helpful tips & advice. I think all parents of teen/preteens should read this book so that they too can learn to let go when the time comes.

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Wendy Ross
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
As a mom of four: 2 grown and in their 20s, and 2 in their teens, I know all about the "joy" of letting go. Yes, I know that we, as parents, are supposed to be working ourselves out of a job, but it still is the hardest thing in the world, at least for me, to do. Yet, it truly is a joy to see the wonderful young people they have become, are becoming.

The Joy of Letting Go is truly a must-read for any parent with teens who are on the verge of embarking on the independent journey into t
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Laura Hix
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
God gives us resources to work through this season of our lives!
Vicki Caruana puts these resources together in a great devotional called “The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life In The Big World
The Joy of Letting Go
Elisabeth Taylor
Dec 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a great book for preparing my children for leaving “the nest”. My boys are 11 and 13 so I’m getting closer but I still have time. Some of the stories dealt with older children and others younger but it all applied in some way. Great encouragement for this time in my parenting years!
April Suter
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Perfect read in quick "lessons" on how to reassure yourself that the kids are ready for the world and you did ok.
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Denise
Apr 21, 2017 rated it liked it
My oldest child is going to turn 15 in a few months, so I thought Vicki Caruana's new book, The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World would be a helpful read. It's a 52-day devotional in a small, attractive package. The pretty front cover and small size make it a perfect gift book. The back cover says:

"Embrace Your Child's Journey to Independence

Your "baby" just passed his driving test. Your little girl is moving into a college dorm. Your
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Julie D.
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nice devotion all about letting our children grow up and get lives of their own. This book is geared towards the parent with teenagers, to prepare them and our hearts for when they go out on their own, but I think it's great for the parent with young adult children, too. Especially if they are still struggling with the empty nest feelings of loss.

I actually read this little book in a couple settings and found it so helpful. I love all her ideas about how we have been lettin
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Diane Estrella
May 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I have a daughter in high school right now and am daily embarking on the art of letting go. Little by little, my fingers that have been clenched into her for all these years, are starting to loosen up as she prepares to make her own way.

This book was fine. Just OK. I liked that the author included famous quotes along with Scripture in each devotional. Each devotional was 2-4 pages long, so a perfect length to get in a quick nugget of encouragement. I did not feel like the book was ov
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Laura  Lane
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
My Thoughts:

The Joy of Letting Go is a good book, but it didn't make me feel joyful. I had hoped that it would help me deal with the loneliness involved in an emptying nest. It did make me realize that I've been doing a lot of things right along the way. After reading the description again, I realize that this book isn't really meant to help the parent as much as to give ideas to the parent on how to help the child. Mrs. Caruana is a teacher, so she writes from a public school family
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Amy
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Amy
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I enjoyed this little "devotional", although personally I wouldn't exactly call it that. To me it was more of a book of thoughts or collection of stories from a mom who struggled with the art of letting go. There wasn't a lot of Scripture reference or prayers. There were some quotes by famous people at the beginning of a reading and at the end of most a "Thought Poke", often with a verse to get your wheels turning. Each "devotional" was an experience Vicki or a friend had gone through, or an int ...more
Chastidy  Parks
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Jul 16, 2018
Laura Taggart
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Are you parenting a teenager? Do you wonder how much you should do for them and how much you should let them handle on their own, how much to support and how much to let them struggle? I just read a very helpful devotional that will help you sort through these questions.

We all want our kids to thrive as they leave the nest but our tendency to protect and provide can leave them at a deficit when they enter the “real world.” In her devotion, The Joy of Letting Go, Vicki Caruana shares
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