Expectant Parents by Suzanne Hadley Gosselin | Giveaway, Blog Tour, & Publicity

While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be, Suzanne Hadley Gosselin‘s Expectant Parents core purpose is to help new parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.

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Learn ways to strengthen your marriage relationship, set plans and expectations for parenthood, increase communication, and prepare for the new stage of your family life. Pick up a copy for yourself or for expectant friends and enter for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

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Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood || (Focus on the Family, October 2014)

Many books focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be. While Expectant Parents does touch on important issues of pregnancy, its core purpose is help expectant parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success.

It’s often said that babies don’t come with an instruction manual. This book actually provides parents with information and practical steps for writing their own—as they work to create the kind of home and family they choose to build. This includes strengthening their own marriage relationship, setting plans and expectations for parenthood, increasing communication, and preparing for the new stage of their family life that is just ahead. Ideal for first-time parents, this book would also be helpful for couples wanting to explore and prepare for the emotional, physical, and spiritual life changes that come with the arrival of any new child into the family.

Find out more and purchase a copy at Suzanne’s website.

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{More About Suzanne Hadley Gosselin}

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is the former editor of “Clubhouse Jr.” magazine for Focus on the Family. She is now a regular contributor to “Thriving Family” magazine and Boundless.org, and the recipient of several Evangelical Press Association awards for her writing and editorial work. Gosselin writes children’s resources for David C Cook, Zondervan and Harvest House. She is also the author of “Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through” and is currently working on the “God’s Got an Answer for That” children’s devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and biblical theology from Multnomah University. Suzanne and her husband, Kevin, who is a children’s pastor, have three children and make their home in Colorado.

Find out more about Suzanne Hadley at http://www.suzannegosselin.com.

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Press Release

Preparing for the journey of parenthood

New book helps Mom and Dad trade fear and stress for joy and confidence in parenting

Seattle—It’s said that when a couple welcomes a new baby, everything changes; but is that a wondrous prediction or an ominous warning? In her new book, Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood (Focus on the Family/ October 1, 2014/ISBN: 978-1589977945/$14.99), Suzanne Hadley Gosselin examines that question from the perspective of a young mother who has given birth to three babies in fewer than five years.

“I think many Christian couples feel fairly satisfied with their lives and marriages when they decide to have a baby. So hearing ‘everything is going to change’ can sound like a threat,” Gosselin says. “Yes, a baby will change everything, but you will never want to go back.”

While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be, Expectant Parents’ core purpose is to help new parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success. This includes strengthening their own marriage relationship, setting plans and expectations for parenthood, increasing communication and preparing for the new stage of their family life that is just ahead.

Expectant Parents could even be called a marriage book, as it offers expert advice on strengthening that all-important marital relationship. “I didn’t fully realize how having a baby would shift the dynamic between my husband, Kevin, and me,” Gosselin admits. “While our shared joy in having a baby was a really special bonding experience for us, the stress of sleepless nights, postpartum hormones and life changes increased our need for communication and empathy.”

It’s often said babies don’t come with an instruction manual. Filled with expert voices, including those of popular authors and bloggers such as Jon Acuff, Matt Walsh, Greg and Erin Smalley and Chrystal Evans Hurst, this book actually provides parents with the information and practical steps they’ll need for writing their own, as they work as a team to create the kind of home and family they desire.

Author Dr. Greg Smalley, who co-wrote the book’s foreword with his wife, Erin, says this guide for thinking through how a child impacts your life and marriage is deeply needed. “This book is filled with stories from real moms and dads who’ve been there,” Greg writes. “You’ll find practical tips and advice as you prepare to dive into this adventure of parenting.”

Ideal for first-time parents, this book will be helpful to any couple wanting to explore and prepare for the emotional, physical and spiritual life-changes that come with the arrival of any new child into the family.

Learn more about Suzanne Hadley Gosselin and Expectant Parents at her www.suzannegosselin.com.

About the author

Suzanne Hadley Gosselin is the former editor of Clubhouse Jr. magazine for Focus on the Family. She is now a regular contributor to Thriving Family magazine and Boundless.org, and the recipient of several Evangelical Press Association awards for her writing and editorial work.

Gosselin writes children’s resources for David C Cook, Zondervan and Harvest House. She is also the author of Faithgirlz Handbook: Let Your Light Shine Through and is currently working on the God’s Got an Answer for That children’s devotional and activity books to be released in January 2015. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism and biblical theology from Multnomah University.

After having three children in fewer than five years of marriage, Suzanne and her husband, Kevin, who is a children’s pastor, consider themselves on the family fast-track — a blessing they wouldn’t trade for anything. Their family lives in Colorado where Suzanne enjoys sharing a good cup of coffee and conversation with friends and serving in ministry with her husband. Suzanne calls herself a Jesus-follower who delights in watching God infuse Himself into people’s lives and stories.

For more information about Suzanne Hadley Gosselin or Expectant Parents visit her online home www.suzannegosselin.com.

Suggested interview questions

— New moms are inundated with so much information about pregnancy and childbirth. What makes Expectant Parents stand out from other resources for soon-to-be parents?

— What were some of the experiences you had as a new parent that you felt unprepared for and wanted to share with new parents in Expectant Parents?

— People always say, “Once baby comes, everything is going to change.” Explain why this is both an “ominous warning and a wondrous prediction.”

— Some parents don’t think their relationship with their spouse will change after the baby arrives. In what ways is it sure to change?

— What are some ways couples can and should connect during pregnancy?

— Like many women, you were single for many years and had begun to wonder if having a family was going to be a possibility. Tell us about that moment you found out you were going to become a mother.

— You say in Expectant Parents that when you and your husband walked into Prepared Childbirth Class for the first time, you thought, “What have we gotten ourselves into?” Why did you feel that way, and how do you think other new parents can identify with that feeling?

— What is a “babymoon,” and what did you experience during that time?
What guidance would you offer to dads for helping their wives deal with the physical changes they’re experiencing during pregnancy?

— Dads often don’t feel quite as comfortable as moms with newborns. How can new moms make their husbands feel important, competent and comfortable with a baby?

— What are some fears new dads struggle with? What help and advice does Expectant Parents offer them?

— How can parents help make the grandparents feel involved with the pregnancy and birth? What recommendations do you have for drawing necessary boundaries?

— Many women in this generation are successful professionals, and they might have trouble finding their place in what you call “mommy culture.” What do you recommend moms do to connect with other mothers with whom they can identify?

— How have you leaned on the Lord during the ups and downs of becoming a new parent?

— How does becoming a parent change your relationship with God?

— What is the number-one piece of advice from Expectant Parents you would share with parents for preparing for delivery day?

To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

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CBA Retailers + Resources: Hadley Gosselin has a knack for mentioning important but often-overlooked practical talking points, making this a particularly valuable resource for new parents.

Reviews

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS REVIEW

    This book is different in some ways. Yes, there is practical advice in here – making sure you take a babymoon, how to pack for the hospital, different birthing plans and choosing a pediatrician. Then there is spiritual advice, which is missing from a lot of books. This includes pregnancy fears, how husbands can step up after birth, postpartum depression, how your inner circle changes, and just surviving those first few weeks.

    Written by The Talbert Report on November 6, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/RYCC924AUTQEG/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS – NEW RESOURCE FROM FOCUS ON THE FAMILY {AND, IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY!}

    The author asks many probing questions to get husbands and wives thinking about the decisions they will have to make in the coming months, like who will be allowed in the delivery room? Suzanne Hadley Gosselin gives a lot of great tips on preparing to become parents. It is nice to have a Christian resource for this information. Suzanne even goes into the emotional and spiritual side of preparing for a new baby.

    Written by Blessed Homemaking on November 4, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.blessedhomemaking.com/2014/11/expectant-parents-new-resource-from.html

  • GREAT BOOK FOR FIRST TIME PARENTS!

    I would recommend this amazing book to every single couple that is expecting a baby and to all parents in general. I requested to review this book because I enjoy gathering as much knowledge as I can about being an effective parent ahead of time. I plan to reread this book in the future whenever we’re expecting our first child or child(s). I appreciated the advice she gave to first time parents concerning the importance of communicating with your spouse and making sure you talk about other things besides just focusing on always taking about the baby. I really loved how she guided readers through the many different pregnancy stages and how to handle them. This book is an immense benefit to parents and this will teach them all about how their lives will change once they have a baby!

    Written by Andrew Smith’s Blog on November 3, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://runningtowardschrist.blogspot.com/2014/11/expectant-parents-preparing-together.html

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    What my sister in law thought: With a baby on the way, I thought that this book would be especially applicable. Which it was! I like how Suzanne tackles different questions and concerns that parents, especially first time parents like myself and my husband, have. This book should be in every church library as a resource for new parents. I know I will continue to enjoy it! (she received this book from litfusegroup.com in exchange for an honest review)

    Written by Amanda on November 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://princess-mia.livejournal.com/302192.html

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS BOOK REVIEW

    “Expectant Parents” does what it sets out to do in providing basic information on how two happily married individuals delve into parenthood. If you are a regular “Focus On The Family” listener, reader, and believer, you will enjoy this book. If you need a bit more, read this book in conjunction with something more in-depth.

    Written by Mommy’s Gone Shopping Again on November 2, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://mommysgoneshoppingagain.com/2014/11/expectant-parents-book-review.html

  • A BLOG TOUR AND REVIEW

    Expectant Parent was a very good read. It is very well organized within 12 chapters and covers all the different topics that expecting and new parents would want to read about and reference for later. The book is very well written as well, and the author shares many personal stories from her journey as a new mom, and I love that the male perspective is also present in several parts of the book. The book also includes an appendix that offers many resources for parents, regardless of what stage you are at. Whether you will be a stay at home mom, or work out of the home, or maybe dad will stay home instead. There is even advise about how to handle that too! I just loved it!

    This book would make a great baby shower gift and even a fantastic gift for any expectant or new parent this upcoming Christmas season.

    I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Heart on November 1, 2014 | e

  • BOOK REVIEW: “EXPECTANT PARENTS” BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN

    There was once what we called the Extended Family. Both Grandparents used to live nearby or in the house with you. Certainly both sets of parents were close by as well. So when the newlyweds found out there would soon be three the grandparents and parents were there to provide support and give the wisdom of their experiences. Then what happened the family broke up as the various parties moved to different parts of the country. That meant that there was no one there to offer the advice, counsel and wisdom which left the couple to their own devices. Ms. Gosselin has filled in that gap with her book. I feel it does what the grandparent/parent support structure used to do. It provides a lot of the wisdom, experiences and counsel that the expectant couple really need.

    Written by Vic’s Media Room on October 31, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2UMCMFNOU1ZX6

  • RECOMMENDED READING: ‘EXPECTANT PARENTS’ BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN

    I am pleased to report that Expectant Parents is perhaps the best pregnancy book since What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Christians and non-Christians alike will be able to gain perspective and wisdom from this entertaining and enlightening piece. Never is it preachy or greater-than-thou. The message is freeing and uplifting, honest and real.

    Written by Eden’s Promise on October 31, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://edenspromise.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/recommended-reading-expectant-parents-by-suzanne-hadley-gosselin/

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS #BOOKREVIEW @LITFUSE

    This is a wonderful book! Every new parent should get one as a gift. And for all of us that are already parents, you can still learn something from this book. Great way to prepare your home for a new baby as well as your hearts and minds.

    Written by For Him and My Family on October 30, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p4fKCR-By

  • REFRESHING CHANGE!

    I thought this book was a refreshing change from most child care/parenting books. Considering I have three girls, I have read a lot of parenting books with subjects ranging from maternity care, to potty training, to building lasting relationships with your children. I think this is a wonderful book and is mostly aimed at first time parents (although I think there is something in it for any expecting parent).

    Written by Loving Mommahood on October 29, 2014 | e

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    Practical, helpful and full of wisdom. This book is great for the expectant parents! I found this book to be so useful for both the mother and the father. Great book, I highly recommend!

    Written by Life Isn’t A Fairy Tale on October 29, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1092471023

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    My opinion: Even though I do not have children of my own yet I found this book to be really insightful and enjoyable. I really enjoyed how Mrs. Gosselin had a different approach to preparing for a baby by talking about the emotional and even spiritual side of preparing for a little one. I really appreciated the authors honesty and humor.
    I think this book would make an exceptional gift to anyone who finds themselves preparing for a little bundle of joy.
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

    Written by Perfect Beginnings on October 28, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://theperfectbeginnings.blogspot.com/2014/10/expectant-parents-by-suzanne-gosselin.html

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    If you are pregnant, want to get pregnant, or know someone who is pregant, this is a great book for you. Full of advice and thoughts about strengthening the marriage, setting plans, preparing for the baby, ad more, this is a great book for first time parents.

    Overall, if you are pregnant, this is a great instruction manual with true stories, quotes, and other thoughts spaced through-out. Would be great as an early shower gift (long before baby is born)

    Written by Lighthouse Academy on October 28, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: www.amazon.com

  • It would have been nice to have this book almost 9 years ago when I found out I was pregnant with my son. This book isn’t just great for moms-to-be put dads-to-be should read it too. But, even if you aren’t new parents you will still find it very helpful. It’s full of great advice. It’s encouraging.

    This book covers a wide range of topics, including, but not limited to unplanned pregnancies, financial decisions, hormone changes, and miscarriages. Some stories had me laughing and some brought tears.

    I would definitely recommend this book to all expectant parents or people who are planning to become pregnant. It makes the perfect gift.

    Written by krystlbears Corner on October 28, 2014 | e

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS – NEW RESOURCE FROM FOCUS ON THE FAMILY {AND, IPAD MINI GIVEAWAY!}

    Expectant Parents is a fabulous book for preparing the Christian couple for bringing home a new member of the family. The book is upbeat and positive, which is a nice change from several of the books I have recently read that lament the agonies of birth and pregnancy with little to no mention of the intense joy that parenthood brings. My only regret with this book is that it often addresses “Mom” and “Dad” to be separately, as individuals, instead of addressing the couple as a unit. Filled with advice for both mothers and fathers, Expectant Parents would be a fabulous gift for expecting parents.

    Written by Serenity Reviews on October 28, 2014 | e

  • TITLE TUESDAY: EXPECTANT PARENTS

    This book is a very practical guide to help soon-to-be-parents tackle the difficult topics relevant to pregnancy. While it only has 12 chapters, Expectant Parents does a great job of bringing up issues that first time parents may not know they need to discuss. The topics include everything from cravings and body issues to pregnancy fears and what life will look like when you bring your new baby home. The chapters are neatly written and well organized. Appendix I and II both have excellent resources listed as well. Gosselin does an excellent job of handling potentially awkward and difficult topics with grace and poise.

    Written by The Forgiven Former Feminist on October 27, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://amazon.com

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    I wish I had this book before giving birth to my little girl! It would of been excellent to have the resources a and encouragement the author provides.

    Written by Inklings and Notions on October 25, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://amandanicolle.blogspot.com/2014/10/expectant-parents.html

  • GOOD BOOK FOR AFTER BABY ARRIVES

    Hold onto your hats, new parents of babies 1 and 2 (and maybe 3 if you haven’t gotten the hang of it yet)! Suzanne Hadley Gosselin has just prescribed your survival manual. You’re welcome.

    If you’re a first-time parent, this book will definitely prove to be useful for you in a lot of ways. Although the cover and title seem to refer toward the pregnancy season, Gosselin actually exposes what to expect after the baby has arrived. And it isn’t just for mothers, but she addresses the father as well and how to be team players in this process: mother, father, and baby.

    Written by The Indigo Quill on October 22, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2IYYMYW00QR76

  • {{BOOK REVIEW}} EXPECTANT PARENTS: PREPARING TOGETHER FOR THE JOURNEY OF PARENTHOOD

    Expectant Parents is more of a how-to guide for new parents, though it includes plenty of practical advice. It’s a candid peek into the lives of several couples who share their stories of the joy and heartache that can come with the journey towards parenthood. These stories include those of unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, financial decisions, marital struggles, hormone changes, and postpartum muffin-tops, to name a few.

    There were a number of times where I had to set the book dowon and wipe away tears. I did laugh out loud while reading some of the awkward stories of pregnancy and new parenthood.

    This is definitely a book that I’ll be getting for my friends who are or who want to be expectant parents. It will make great baby shower gifts.

    Written by Reading Corner Reviews & More on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://readingcornerreviews.blogspot.com/2014/10/book-review-expectant-parents-preparing.html

  • BOOK REVIEW: EXPECTANT PARENTS, BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN

    The book is truly a very helpful edition, for those trying to conceive or expecting, as the text presents information, scenarios, advice, and useful suggestions for those looking at unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, and other baby-related information. The book, written in a modern, easy-to-understand format, allows the reader to feel informed in a non-pressed capacity. After reading this book for review, I felt more iinformed less anxious, and more prepared than before reading the book. While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development, this book seeks to equip new parents with the sense of calm that comes with useful, no-nonsense advise that comes with being prepared for long-term family success.

    Written by Misty Nicole Overstreet-Roberts (The Lady Prefers To Save) on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R2FXXNLSMZWORW/ref=cm_cr_rdp_perm

  • BOOK REVIEW: EXPECTANT PARENTS BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN

    I read tons of baby, parenting, and maternity books before I had my son, and this one does stand out as unique. “Expectant Parents” is a book for both moms and dads, and instead of focusing on the baby growing inside of you, the book gives important advice and information about what to expect after the baby is born — as a couple and where the baby is concerned . . . I wholeheartedly suggest that expectant parents buy this book and read it together, especially if you’re a first-time mom or dad.

    Written by WordSmith on October 19, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://wp.me/p3fKiF-HA

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS BY SUZANNE GOSSELIN

    Overall, it was a great book for the parents that are readers and looking for some guidance on the new journey they are about to embark on.

    Written by Homeschooling4boyz on October 17, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/Expectant-Parents-Preparing-Together-Parenthood-ebook/dp/B00J37IGS4/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1413612033&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=Exprectant+parents

  • BOOK REVIEW

    Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood is more than a how-to guide for new parents, though it certainly includes plenty of practical advice. It’s an unvarnished peek into the lives of numerous couples who share stories of the joy and heartache that accompany the journey towards parenthood. This book covers unplanned pregnancies, miscarriages, financial decisions, marital struggles, hormone changes, and postpartum muffin-tops, to name a few. Babies don’t come with an instruction manual. This book actually provides parents with information and practical steps for writing their own—as they work to create the kind of home and family they choose to build. I enjoyed reading this because it brought back many feelings I experience with my son.

    Written by Western New Yorker on October 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://www.amazon.com/review/edit-review?ie=UTF8&asin=1589977947&reviewID=R267AYLJPFCSNW

  • This is what I really like about Gosselin — she doesn’t leave you worried about all the things that could go wrong; instead, she shows you that working through the ups and downs of parenting is part of the journey. She reminds me that I will probably shed a lot of tears, but that I’ll also be filled with a joy I’ve never known before.

    Written by Kelly Peterson for ChristenKrumm.com on October 16, 2014 | e

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    This book is designed for first time parents and can be used throughout the pregnancy. The book also has a huge supply of really good information from others. I like that it focuses on the marriage aspect the most. This book could be such a big help to others. I applaud the author for writing such an informative book!

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on October 16, 2014 | e
    Read my full review: http://asimplelifereally.blogspot.com/2014/10/litfuse-review-expectant-parents.html

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    I love this book. I am so happy that I have been able to review it. This book gives parents all the instructions that they will need. It’s hard to be a parent. Even harder when you do not know what to expect. I hope that all expectant parents will read this and use it.

    Written by let’s eat 2 day on October 15, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.amazon.com/review/R1MX3DBAZRW46N/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1589977947

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS

    This book is an excellent resource for parents who are expecting their first child(ren). The book is well written and speaks to both mothers and fathers. I loved the encouragement this book provided as it didn’t focus extensively on the possibly negative aspects that can be associated with parenthood. Elements included in the book are related to how relationship between spouses can change when baby arrives, planning for career changes it. It’s just a great resource! I gave this book to a friend who is expecting her first child and she was grateful!

    Written by Did YOU Hear About the Morgans? on October 14, 2014 | e

  • EXPECTANT PARENTS BY SUZANNE HADLEY GOSSELIN REVIEW

    Cassandra’s Review- As I am all to familiar with as a foster parent, welcoming new babies into your life is going to take work and patience. I found this book to be great for the first time parents as they will get the most out of it. I would recommend this book for adults as I do not think younger ages will connect well or need to learn this topic just yet.

    Written by Cassandra M’s Place on October 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.cassandramsplace.com/2014/10/expectant-parents-by-suzanne-hadley.html

  • FAST READ

    This book is a fast read and is geared specifically for new parents. It can help a couple start conversations and make plans for when the baby arrives. There are relatable stories throughout the book that the readers will find helpful. I give this book 3 stars because it’s a good read but offers similar information to other books on the market and it’s not a resource I think I would reference back to over and over.

    Written by Creating Through Life on October 13, 2014 | e
    Read my full review:http://www.creatingthroughlife.com/2014/10/expectant-parents-book-review.html