The Story Behind ‘The Joy of Letting Go’

April 25th, 2017

Whether your kids are in kindergarten or college, learn how to prepare your hearts for your kids’ independence with Vicki Caruana’s The Joy of Letting Go. 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.

Keep reading to discover the story behind The Joy of Letting Go with Vicki Caruana!

Tells us a bit about your book—what inspired you to write it?

The Joy of Letting Go is at its heart encouragement to parents in the throes of letting go of their teens into adulthood – it is a devotional of 52 stories that remind parents they’ve been letting go all along and how to do it in life-giving ways. I was inspired to write The Joy of Letting Go first as I myself wrestled with letting go and then as I found myself around the table with girlfriends over either a cup of coffee or a glass of wine realizing we were all engaged in the same wrestling match!

What is the main message of your book?

The main message of The Joy of Letting Go is that letting go can be life-giving and that it is a process, not an event.

What was the hardest part about writing nonfiction?

Writing nonfiction is what I do and what I have done since 1995. However, this book is memoir-like and weaves fictional elements and humor into it – it is closer to narrative nonfiction. That is harder than a straight nonfiction book, more nuanced, and much more rewarding.

What is one thing you learned while writing The Joy of Letting Go?

One thing I learned while writing is that I can be funny – I was challenged to lighten up a sometimes heavy subject, and I was able to do that in a way that didn’t diminish the message but put the joy into The Joy of Letting Go.

Do you have any advice for those interested in writing nonfiction?

Writing nonfiction relies on facts and how those facts are acquired and then shared is tricky. I advise gathering as many varied sources as possible and read widely before and while writing.

What are you working on next?

I’m not quite sure what will come next. I may be writing more about this topic and I may be pursuing more experiential writing based on upcoming travels I have planned.

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Vicki Caruana

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Dr. Vicki Caruana is the author of 20 books and the blog Apples & Chalkdust—named after her bestselling book that has touched the lives of a million educators around the world. Caruana is one of four parenting experts on “Starting Points,” Focus on the Family’s parenting DVD series. Formerly a public school teacher and a homeschooling mom, Vicki is now an assistant professor of education at Mount Saint Mary College in New York. She lives with her station wagon loving husband, Chip, in Newburgh, New York and has two grown sons in Colorado Springs.

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