Women in today’s world face an onslaught of ever-changing challenges and circumstances. It’s often hard to know how to respond. But centuries ago, one humble, extraordinary woman stepped into the limelight where she encountered great trials of her own–and became a model of godly living for all women to follow.
As you study the dramatic life of Queen Esther you’ll learn vital lessons about choices, personal trials, pride, faith, and control. More than that, you’ll discover the essential, foundational truths upon which a wise woman builds her life and faith
Introduces students to the significant topics in the field of anthropology of gender – drawing not only from classic sources, but also from the diverse literature on gender roles and ideology around the world. This book takes an accessible approach to the subject matter, making coverage appropriate for students from a variety of levels.
A month after proposing marriage, Diana Denholm’s husband was diagnosed with colon cancer and later congestive heart failure. Following a heart transplant several of her husband’s body systems began failing forcing Diana to become his primary caregiver for more than a decade. The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook is a step-by-step communication guide to help women maintain emotional, physical and financial health in their unique role as caregivers to their dying husbands.
Women are suffering physical, emotional and financial burnout as the United States’ leading caregivers. Of the 65 million caregivers in the U.S., 66% are women, and these numbers will only increase as the population ages. And while statistics and resources abound for caregivers in general, very little exists for women in their unique role as caregivers to their dying husbands.
Traditionally, caring for a dying husband has been seen as a “wifely duty.” Most wives don’t label themselves, and aren’t labeled by others, as caregivers. But advances in medical technology are making this distinction an imperitive since women are under more stress as caregivers than at any other time in history. Although there are generic similarities in caretaking, caregiving for a dying husband is distinctly different, and the longer the dying process, the more complex the problems.
When a husband is in the process of dying for many months or years the experience is quite different than a husband’s sudden death. On top of dealing with the tragedy, the wife must figure out how to make life work. Sometimes a woman is married to the love of her life and sometimes not. Some marriages strengthen, while others disintegrate. Some women are in abusive relationships and find the abuse continues, and even increases, during these times, while others find, much to their surprise, that they become the abusers. Still some will start or increase substance abuse and others will have affairs to get by.
The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook aims to help women get through their husbands’ illness and death with compassion, emotionally whole and without regret by helping them communicate clearly—and in steps—about issues affecting this unique caregiving relationship.
Without specific direction, many women find themselves over the top with stress as their lives change radically. As a board certified medical psychotherapist and primary caregiver, Diana Denholm recognized the need for a step-by-step process to help women communicate with their husbands to avoid irreparable damage and regret.
In The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook, you will learn:
To ask questions you may not realize you need to ask
The issues that bother you and a method for categorizing them
What you should and shouldn’t discuss with your husband
How to make and prepare for a date to talk about difficult topics
What to do if your husband won’t talk
To create “understandings” with your husband
How to deal with his family
You will also learn survival tips from the case histories of Joyce, Fran, Tina, Jean, Susan, and Mary. Their experiences will help you:
Choose roles you should take and those you should avoid
Understand what is “normal” in what you’re experiencing and feeling
Take care of yourself so you can survive and even have fun
Implement do’s and avoid don’ts to make your life simpler
Balance with greater ease
Other topics addressed are:
Current and future finances
The challenges of this time are endless and extreme and the reality often isn’t the beautiful and revered journey often portrayed. When a husband is dying of a long-term illness, the gift of time can allow us to prepare and say all the loving things we need to say, but it can also provide a lot of time for severe stressors and problems to develop. These problems and stressors can be debilitating for the caregiver and provide too many opportunities to say and do things we might regret. The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook will give you the tools and support needed to get through your husbands’ illness and death with compassion, emotionally whole and without regret.
Let The Caregiving Wife’s Handbook support you amidst the grief—all the way through the Final Chapter.
Imagine. You might never again have to hear the words: “Mommy, Ann drooled on me on purpose.” You could have the answer for every “It’s not fair!” your kids have ever whined at you. Constant sibling squabbling–and the ensuing demand that you pick a side, quick–can wear parents down and totally drain the fun right out of family life. Now in this groundbreaking book, Dr. Anthony Wolf offers a whole new strategy for coping. In a fresh, funny, and straightforward way, Dr. Wolf presents three essential rules for dealing with sibling arguments–rules that, if followed, completely remove the root causes of bickering. From teasing and hitting to rivalries and boundaries, Dr. Wolf addresses a wide range of issues, and he does it with humor and a pitch-perfect ear for actual kid/parent dialogue. This is a book about real children–who they are, what they want, why they act as they do, and what you can do to alleviate the strife between siblings.
Are you afraid that . . you’ll never reach the end of dirty diapers? You’ll never be free of carpool duty? Your teenager’s rebellion will never end? The empty nest is just a little too empty?
Fear not, seasons change. You blink twice and find yourself in another situation. Maybe longing for the “old days” or maybe grateful for the freshness of a new season. But like it or not, the seasons will come, each in its sequence and each in its own time.
Using lively examples from her own life and those of other women – including Esther – Lois Evans challenges you to to discover the purpose of your life and to depend on Him as He teaches the lessons of each season. In this book, you will find helpful priniciples, recognize familiar emotions, and take to heart encouraging promises from the pages of God’s Word.
In this edition a new chapter on the grandparenting season has been added. And to help you dig deeper – whether alone or with friends – chapter study questions are included.