The Joy of Letting Go

The Joy of Letting Go

The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World (David C. Cook, April 2017)

With readings of encouragement and inspirational quotes, this devotional helps parents prepare their hearts for their children’s independence, whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or graduating from college.

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.

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  • 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

  • A great read full of practical tips, examples, and inspiration to keep on keeping on.

  • Each of the 52 devotionals begins with a quote, a story and small lesson/takeaway, a “Thought Poke” which is a question to reflect on, and then a closing Scripture. They are extremely short (about 2 pages) and can be read in just a couple minutes. They were mostly applicable to older children, 18+, but many applied to younger teens as well. I did take away some good thoughts from this book. However, it was just missing a little something. I was expecting a more religious book, I guess, considering it was a devotional. I didn’t really get much from this book in regards to spirituality, it was mostly focused on school, college, jobs, money, etc.

  • I really loved reading this book. Even though my children are still very young I can turn to this book for when things get tougher through the years. I loved how the author shared inspirational quotes and encouragement.

  • Buzz4Mommies says:

    I have always said that my whole job as a mom is to put myself out of a job. To raise our kids to be independent, healthy, happy, and have a personal relationship with Christ. This is such a wonderful Devotional from Vicki Caruana. As you can see from my picture above I literally didn’t want to let it go!

  • This book was insightful and helpful. I appreciated the readings and thought poke’s Vicki provided.

  • 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 her own experience as an educator and parent, offering practical wisdom for those moments when you don’t know whether to support your child or let them struggle and find their own way.

  • Written in a personal style and highly enjoyable to read for all moms. You will smile, you will laugh, and nod your head in agreement as you grow in your mothering journey.

  • Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Joy of Letting Go?

    Vicki: I want readers to know that they’ve been in the process of letting go since the moment their child was born; that the three strings – apron, purse, and heart – although at times connected, when broken (apron and purse), the heart strings will always remain intact.

  • This devotional is written true to life. Vicki captured the tears and stories of letting her children go. In The Joy Of Letting Go, each of the 52 devotions has a cute and catchy title. The author shares how letting go really begins the day we bring our little bundle home….. from walking to driving.. college and moving out. In each devotion, she takes her stories and turns them into a thought-provoking and spiritual application.

  • 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 and “thought poke” at the end of each chapter. She includes scriptures and such encouraging words.

  • I wanted this book because I do have a teenager and a toddler and need all the godly parenting help, I can get. The book is about letting our kids go and letting them lead their own lives. I want my kids to be more independent, despite disability, and not rely on me as much, but yet, I have to teach them how to be more independent.

  • Vicki does a wonderful job of engaging readers with humor, while dealing with some weighty topics. If you are a parent, I highly recommend this one!

  • As parents, we have become so adept at creating a safe, nurturing environment for our children, whether it’s installing the latest, state-of-the-art car seat or stressing the importance of always riding a bike with a helmet to teaching road safety, that it’s hard to pry our hands from the controls.
    Letting go is a process and Vicki shows us in small, manageable ways how we can navigate this process in ways that will enable both you and your child to thrive.

  • Moments says:

    This is a book I will need to read many times, many, many times over the next several years leading up to the time that my children will be adults and heading out on their own.  “The Joy of Letting Go” is a nice little book that is divided into 52 short chapters, one for each week of the year.  Vicki points out that we are not letting our children go at the big milestones such as graduating high school or entering college, but really we are letting go of them each day of their lives beginning from birth as they meet each milestone. 

  • Stop laughing Mom and Dad! Yes, I gave you a hard time with my 3-year-old “Do it Myself!” attitude too. Now it’s my turn to let go as my son head off to college. So glad I have this book to walk me through the journey!

  • I have two children that I called teens for the longest time. And that time of my parenting seemed to last forever! I love my kiddos but that is a difficult age. Receiving a complimentary copy of the book below from Litfuse Publishing is just what I needed to ‘let go’. I realized I was holding on to my grown children, not wanting them to make their own decisions in fear of them making the wrong one. All I was doing was pushing them away.

  • 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….

  • The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World is a weekly devotional. Inspirational readings and quotes encourage the reader to understand that the goal of parenting should be to help your child embrace her journey and become independent.

  • The book is definitely written from a Christian worldview. And the readings are thought-provoking and helpful. They are short and won’t take much time to be read through.

  • More of Him says:

    This is a good book, especially if you have teenage children. It has a lot of helpful information and will help in guiding your children into adulthood. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

  • Despite the short format, these devotionals are packed with wisdom to help parents learn how to let slowly let go of your children. I know it’s something I need to learn, so if that’s on your heart too, pick it up! You won’t regret itT

  • With two thriving teens in my house, (ages 13 and 15) I thought I could use some inspiration on how to let go without losing it. My kids are my life and letting them go in this scary world is…well, scary! Although I’m not big on devotionals, (I prefer reading the Bible daily) I decided to read The Joy of Letting Go.

  • 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.

  • 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 the wide world beyond the shelter of home. You’ll find encouragement, and advice, shared in an easy, lighthearted way.

  • The Joy of Letting Go: Releasing Your Teen into Real Life in the Big World is a 52 day devotional for mothers on releasing your children into the world with grace. We’ve nurtured them since the day they were born. We’ve protected them from harm. Our identity is deeply rooted in the title of Mom, Momma, or Mother. When it comes time for them to spread their wings and fly, we can sometimes be hesitant of allowing them the freedom they need to be independent.

  • Fruitbearers says:

    The author offers valuable lessons from her own personal experiences and practical advice. The Joy of Letting Go helps parents be prepared mentally and emotionally as they equip their children for independence and adjust themselves to changes. It’s an easy, encouraging read!

  • I have really enjoyed this devotional. I like how it is broken down into 52 different readings that you could do once a week or once a day depending on how you would like to do your devotions.

  • Vicki Caruana opened my eyes that from the first steps, our children are becoming independent, bit by bit less dependent. I found this book to be almost a balm for me as I process my babies are not babies anymore and that little by little we have given them the independence for this day to come and how to feel happiness for them as they continue to grow.

  • 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 for you to raise up your kids in a way that releases them to their own independence.

  • From one mom’s heart to another, author Vicki Caruana offers thoughts of encouragement through 52 days of daily readings where she shares her own experiences in letting go of her own….

  • This book was a little gem of a book filled with such practical insight and knowledge and the readings were totally manageable to do each day as they are short and to the point which is a major plus!

  • 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.

  • If you have children, you know how hard it can be as they grow up. The older they get, the more abilities they have. I know for me, one of the most difficult parts I have, is knowing when to step in and help, and knowing when to pull back. Pulling back can be difficult especially when you know your child is going to make a mistake. The Joy of Letting Go is a book that will help.

  • A fantastic resource for any parent who is going to be entering the teen years! It is full of encouragement and wisdom and would be a fantastic gift idea for anyone in your life. A great reminder of the ideas we can pass on to our children to help them navigate the ups and downs of being a teen. But more than helping out parents of teens, this is honestly a book for parents of children of all ages.

  • This book is a very inspirational read. Filled with encouragement and uplifting readings. The author writes in a way that speaks to the heart and offers advice through her own experiences. I would recommend this book to any reader!

  • 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.

  • MemawsStuff says:

    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”

  • My Full Cup says:

    This little book is a 52-day devotional that should be read as soon as you get the positive sign on your home pregnancy test. And should be re-read at least every year after that. Because the time to start preparing both your heart, your spouse and your children, is at that moment and not when you’re addressing graduation invitations.

    Full of wisdom and personal stories, Vicki helps us tread the path to a joy-filled departure of our offspring. She teaches us to let go in little-bite-sized pieces.

  • I really enjoyed this book. I ended up giving it to another mom who has a couple of children spreading their wings right now, and I thought she needed it more than I do at this moment in time. But this book was definitely encouraging and I will use a lot of the advice as my kids are growing up and going through similar situations.

  • This book is an amazing resource for parents of all ages and especially parents of teens. This devotional contains 52 devotions. I enjoyed reading it each day but it also can be used as a weekly study. We tend to want to hold on to our children forever but that is not God’s plan. We are raising them to leave from the moment they enter this world. We need wisdom and direction from God each and every step along the way. This book offers sound advice and is a wonderful resource.

    This is a book that every parent of a teenager needs to read. I highly recommend this book.

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