Please take a few moments to read what other authors and speakers are saying about my upcoming release, Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go.
Michele Howe has a wonderful way of writing so readers feel her heart in every paragraph. She uses her own experiences in writing, so readers will feel she understands and cares about what they are going through. Her book, “Caring for Our Aging Parents” will not only connect with anyone caring for a loved one, but uses her faith and gives them practical tools of how to do it well. Robyn Besemann, author and host of Chained No More Talk Radio
The world is a better place because of the tireless, yet often unappreciated selflessness of caregivers. Michele Howe understands firsthand the challenges, loneliness, and invisibility of that calling. In her book, she comes alongside other caregivers with stories, wisdom, and affirmation to recharge any caregiver’s spirits and refuel them for the long journey ahead. Carolyn Custis James, author of Half the Church: Recapturing God’s Global Vision for Women and Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing
Caregiving can feel lonely and confusing sometimes. The stories Michele Howe gathered reveal a range of struggles so that within a few chapters, a reader will find others facing similar challenges. These are a gift—a reminder you aren’t alone. Ann Kroeker, author of The Contemplative Mom and Not So Fast, and coauthor of On Being a Writer.
In Caring for Our Aging Parents the reader gets little glimpses of the myriad challenges (and joys) of looking after loved ones in their last days…or years. I’ve been down this path, and in fact, am a frequent flyer. As Howe explains, “The irony in caregiving is that to do it well, we need practice. Lots and lots of practice.” I learned so much, and continue to glean insight, from my mom’s last six months on earth 11 years ago. I’m currently tip-toeing through a whole new round of this journey with my 80-something in-laws. I have found the stories Howe shares to be completely relatable…I keep thinking, “that’s me!” Her insight is based on experience and it shows. Throughout the book you will be reminded of the necessity of balance…compassion and boundaries, caring for them and self-care, your limited love and God’s infinite mercy. This book needs to be in the hands of everyone who is, or will soon be the go-to care-taker of an aging loved one. Diane Markins, author of Contentment Connection: 75 Ways to Grow Joy & Satisfaction
Caregiving must be one of the most difficult jobs anyone can undertake. In Michele Howe’s Caring for Our Aging Parents you may see yourself. She shares story after story of real-life and complex situations covering a variety of circumstances. She gently weaves her gems of discernment with great depth into the close of each chapter. Her perfect “heart’s cry” prayers are worded to express the desires of caregivers of every type. If you are a caregiver you will identify and realize you are not alone on this often painful path. Michele’s encouragement will bring renewed faith, insight, and courage for the road ahead. Gail Cawley Showalter, Founder SMORE for Women