God Loves Single Moms: Practical Help for Finding Confidence, Strength, and Hope

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God Is on Your Side

Teresa Whitehurst knows what it's like to be a single mom. She faced many challenging times when money was short, when her back was aching, and when her spirits sagged from trying to "do it all" without letting anyone know she needed a little rest or assistance. Over the years she learned that both she and her children benefitted when she stopped trying to be perfect; admitted her needs, frustration, loneliness, or fatigue; ...

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Overview

God Is on Your Side

Teresa Whitehurst knows what it's like to be a single mom. She faced many challenging times when money was short, when her back was aching, and when her spirits sagged from trying to "do it all" without letting anyone know she needed a little rest or assistance. Over the years she learned that both she and her children benefitted when she stopped trying to be perfect; admitted her needs, frustration, loneliness, or fatigue; and reached out to God and to supportive friends and family.

In God Loves Single Moms, she offers you down-to-earth advice on navigating the world of single motherhood with confidence and hope for the future. Packed with practical tips, smart strategies, and ways to improve your family's well-being, this book tackles your most pressing issues, like self-care, developing a support network, organization, finances, discipline, and more.

It can feel like you're struggling through life on your own. But you have a partner who wants you to succeed and wants your children to flourish. God loves you and wants to guide and support you every step of the way. Whether you've never married, you're divorced, or you've been widowed, you and your children deserve the best life has to offer. And while you may get weary, you need never feel alone.

Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling as well as personal and career coaching. She has worked as a psychotherapist for many years in private practice, at Harvard Medical School, and at Kaiser-Permanente. Whitehurst writes and speaks on parenting and personal development issues and is the author of How Would Jesus Raise Your Child? She is a single mom who has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800732776
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/1/2010
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 639,507
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling as well as personal and career coaching. She has worked as a psychotherapist for many years in private practice, at Harvard Medical School, and at Kaiser-Permanente. Dr. Whitehurst writes and speaks on parenting and personal development issues and is the author of How Would Jesus Raise Your Child? She is a single mom who has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

1 God Loves Single Mothers 15

2 The Single Mother's Inventory 27

3 Single Mother, CEO 41

4 Self-Care for Single Moms 51

5 Getting the Support You Need 63

6 Getting Organized 75

7 Your Money, Your Job, and Your Dreams 91

8 Restoring Your Faith and Confidence 107

9 Taking Care of Your Child 121

10 Your Child's Behavior 141

11 Your Child's Father 155

12 When You're Tired and Tempted 163

Conclusion: Taking Action for Yourself and Your Family 179

Notes 183

Recommended Reading 185

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  • Posted December 10, 2010

    Painful, yet helpful, review

    Encouragement for Single Moms
    A comprehensive guide to traversing single motherhood successfully

    Teresa Whitehurst has experienced the challenges of single motherhood firsthand and tackles these pressing issues in her new book God Loves Single Moms. Filled with encouragement, compassion and contagious enthusiasm, the author helps readers discover how to make single parenthood a success through her practical tips, professional insights, and the knowledge that they are truly loved by God.

    Personally, I remember first hand, feeling like such a failure in God's eyes. Growing up in a Christian home, I was taught NEVER to judge others for any reason (and my mother NEVER did). However, divorce was NEVER considered an option (although, as an adult looking back, there was no REAL reason for my mom or dad to contemplate divorce). When I was faced with initiating the action in my own life (with no parents to validate/reassure/even forgive me in my decision), with a son that meant the world to me-to raise in the best way I could, I stopped at a Church completely unfamiliar to me and requested to speak with the Pastor. I asked him, point-blank, if God would forgive me (and more importantly, still LOVE me) if I sought a divorce. It was the absolute hardest decision I have EVER made in my life!

    Each chapter looks at a different challenge and includes Scripture, prayers, questions for reflection, and inspiring stories from other single moms. There is also a thorough inventory questionnaire that helps readers take an in-depth look at the various aspects of their personal and family life and gauge areas where they are succeeding and areas where they would like to see improvement.

    Although my divorce was MANY years ago, this book was a source of comfort to me. My son, now 27 years old, turned out to be the MOST AMAZING young man I have ever known (in spite of me)! As a matter of fact, he proposed marriage to his girlfriend this past Monday night, which caused me to ponder the enormous responsibility of marriage and the life he and I shared, with God's help every step of the way!

    Teresa Whitehurst is a clinical psychologist who provides counseling as well as personal and career coaching. She has worked as a psychotherapist for many years in private practice, at Harvard Medical School, and at Kaiser-Permanente. Dr. Whitehurst writes and speaks on parenting and personal development issues and is the author of How Would Jesus Raise Your Child? She is a single mom who has two adult daughters and two grandchildren.

    Available November 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted December 2, 2010

    "Practical Help for Single Moms"

    In Teresa Whitehurst's book, God Loves Single Moms, her subtitle says it all: 'Practical Help for Finding Confidence, Strength, and Hope.' I found Teresa's book to be a concise, yet elaborate book on assisting single moms. Some of the areas she touches on are as follows:

    * How to cultivate and embrace the necessary leadership skills as a single mom
    * Surviving or Thriving questions to evaluate your attitude and expectations
    * Setting short- and long-term goals for her personal and her family's growth
    * Finding the courage to ask for what she needs from others
    * How to recognize her child's physical, spiritual, and psychological needs
    * Devising a behavioral plan for her children and effective ways to discipline, which includes tips for guiding your child toward good behavior and self-discipline
    * Evaluate her financial situation and make plans for saving and money-management
    * Learning to nurture her dreams for the future
    * Becoming aware of any unrealistic expectations readers may be placing on themselves
    * Identifying helpful vs. unhelpful guilt and worry
    * Three tough questions your child may ask after divorce

    I think one of the most important sections is "The Single Mother's Inventory," which Teresa incorporates throughout her book. Some of the sections include:

    1. Your psychological, emotional, and physical health, as well as your energy level.
    2. Your child care support network
    3. Your relationship with your child, as well as their father
    4. All about your child

    Number four is so inclusive and intimate in learning about your child(ren)'s needs, personality, goals, dreams, etc. What a wonderful concept, single or two-parent household!

    This book would be great for a single mom's study group, a church group for single parents, or for people mentoring single moms. I could easily recommend this book to every single mom, but I wouldn't stop there. This is a book that any household could use! It's NOT just for single moms, but it is specially meant for them as they struggle without their mate in raising their children alone.

    Teresa stresses the need for prayer, knowing that God is there to guide and assist, and includes a prayer at the end of each chapter. The Scripture references are pertinent to the subjects delineated. They are truth, and encourage the single mom to trust in God. I'd rate it a 4.9 out of 5.0!

    This book was provided by Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted November 30, 2010

    PERFECT for EVERY single mom out there!

    I'm a single mom of two sweet, adorable, yet boys-will-be-boys boys, so I knew I had to read this book. It, simply put, called to me. I learned A LOT from this little, easy to read book. Teresa Whitehurst is a fellow single mother(rock on, single moms!), who, through God's guidance, put into perspective, the single motherhood life. Whether your a single mom by divorce, or widowed, we are AWESOME! Why is it AWESOME to be a single mom, when, at many times, it is such a struggle both emotionally and financially? Because all the love and attention of those kids are dished out solely for US! Selfish, I know, but in the end, it is wonderful!

    Now, you might be asking, am I single mom by divorce or widowed? I am a single mom by divorce. It is a true struggle being a divorced single mom, because, yes, I still have to "deal" with my ex. We get along for the most part, but it's a struggle because, even though we get along, we still disagree on MANY things regarding our child. It is so hard to please EVERYONE, the ex, the family, the kids, the neighbors, and at times, it feels really hard to please God too. You just get so derned frustrated! You're pleasing everyone but yourself because you feel that you need to focus on your kids. Well, that is TRUE but at the same time, if you aren't happy, you are just "surviving" being a single mom. There is no "thriving" which is what you should be doing, as a rockin' cool single mom. Simply "surviving", no matter the support you may have from friends and family (I have TONS of support from mine and I am super thankful in every way for them!), it can still get....well...rather depressing.

    But, through Teresa's mini quizzes, Biblical quotes, and her life experiences, she helps us single moms realize, no matter how young or old we are, no matter whether we are widowed or divorced, there is only One person to please through out this whole ordeal, and One person who will ALWAYS love us, and who will help us through our single mom struggles.

    This is a 5 star book, that I recommend to EVERY single mom out there. It is just what I needed and I am so glad that I had the chance to be included in reviewing this book. If you are a single mom, young or old, divorced or widowed, PLEASE....grab a copy of Teresa's book TODAY. Thank you, Teresa!

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    Posted November 5, 2013

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    Good for new single moms

    When I was newly divorced, I went through the questions from friends, the questions from family, and the questions that went through my own mind. This book helps point out that Jesus loves you through it all...single, married, divorced...it doesn't matter to Him. He Loves YOU! and will help you through EVERYDAY details which sometimes seem overwhelming when you are a single mom.

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