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Caring for Our Aging Parents – Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go

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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

 

Eminently practical yet also keenly inspirational, Michele Howe’s Caring for Our Aging Parents: Lessons in Love, Loss and Letting Go is the kind of book you don’t want to need, yet the one you’ll be thrilled to own when the time comes to care for a loved one. Packed with personal insights and spiritual fuel for the journey, this book provides the perfect companionship to help transform a challenging phase of life into a gifted opportunity to serve with love. Lisa M. Hendey, Author of The Grace of Yes and founder of CatholicMom.com

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.

“Michele Howe has written a compelling new book addressing the challenge many Baby Boomers are now faced with–caring for aging parents.  Written with grace and dignity, she powerfully captures the trials faced by people who chose to be caregivers to their elderly parents.  Using real-life stories that are both sweet and poignant, she perfectly depicts what we all feel but seldom talk about in these situations.  If you have aging parents, you need to find a way to get your hands on this book!” Rick Johnson, bestselling author of Overcoming Toxic Parenting, 10 Things Great Dads Do, and Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half

 

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

“In Caring For Our Aging Parents, Michele Howe beautifully weaves real-life stories, scripture, take-aways and prayers into bite sized chapters that will encourage any reader facing the challenges of parent care. In these pages you’ll hear the kind voice of a friend who has been there; one who has experienced the difficult questions and emotions that often accompany the role of care-giver. This book is not only a practical resource, but an oasis of refreshing for people who may be feeling stretched by the needs of an elderly parent. I love the devotional style that makes the themes easy to take to heart, and makes the lessons readily applicable to one’s own unique situation.” Rachel Anne Ridge, author of Flash The Homeless Donkey Who Taught Me About Life, Faith and Second Chances, and Made to Belong: a Six Week Journey to Discover Your Purpose.

 

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

 

Writing for women and the seasons of our lives, Michele Howe’s book, Caring For Our Aging Parents, is peace and assurance for those transitioning into caretakers for aging family. Whether your relationship with your parent has been comfortable or challenging, Michele gently and skillfully shows how to draw close and hear God’s grace-filled guidance while supporting our aging adults in their sunset years. PeggySue Wells Author of 24 books including Slavery in the Land of the Free, producer and co-host of WBCL’s Mid-Morning.
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2 thoughts on “Caring for Our Aging Parents – Lessons in Love, Loss, and Letting Go

  1. I have been taking care of my mother for the last 30 years. She´s 111 years old and will become 112 on January the 7th 2017. Her physical health is perfect, not so much her mind´s health. I ´m looking forward to reading Michele´s new book!!

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