The Joy of Letting Go by Vicki Caruana

Did you know parents let go of their children every day, often in ways they don’t realize? 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.

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{More about 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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Vicki Caruana

{More About Vicki Caruana}

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.

Find out more about Vicki at http://vickicaruana.blogspot.com.
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Reviews

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by A Mom After God’s Own Hert on May 12, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Little Lady Plays on May 12, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Running Through the Storms on May 12, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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!

    Written by The Perfect beginning on May 11, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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….

    Written by Adventures in Unsell Land on May 7, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Rockin’ My Mom Jeans on May 6, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by For The Love of Books on May 5, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Reader’s Cozy Corner on May 5, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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!

    Written by Fruitbearers on May 5, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by God’s Writer Girl: Kelly Kiggins-Lund on May 4, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Life at Rossmont on May 4, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Natalie Walters on May 4, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Library of Clean Reads on May 3, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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

    Written by The Caffeinated Librarian on May 2, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by More of Him on May 1, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by As We Walk Along the Road on May 1, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Once Upon a Storyville on May 1, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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….

    Written by Harvest Lane Cottage on April 30, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by This Mom’s Delight on April 29, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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!

    Written by Jenni Saake, InfertilityMom and StrokeOfGraceon April 29, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Moments on April 29, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by At Grandma’s Place on April 29, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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!

    Written by Inklings and Notions on April 28, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by perfect chaos on April 28, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Texas Book-aholic on April 28, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Farming On Faith on April 27, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Reading Is My SuperPower on April 27, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Smart Mom Smart Ideas on April 27, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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 by Reimagining Relationships on April 27, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

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

    Written by Seasons of Opportunities on April 27, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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!

    Written by Buzz4Mommies on April 25, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by Books,Dreams,Life on April 21, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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.

    Written by The Help Meet Wife on April 21, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

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

    Written by A Simple Life, really?! on April 20, 2017

  • ‘THE JOY OF LETTING GO’ BY VICKI CARUANA

    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

    Written by Finding the Beauty on April 20, 2017