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January 12, 2010

Book Review

The Busy Couples's Guide to Sharing the Work & the Joy
"Smart solutions to dozens of household dilemmas couples face every day."

Kathy Peel in her book seeks to help a person manage the life of their family and to share the responsibilities of the family among all the members. The book covers many aspects of life from managing finances, household chores, meal planning, and even how to manage special events such as birthday parties, holiday celebrations, ect. . .

Kathy shares some great tips on how to manage almost every aspect of your life like activities to do with your children that don’t cost a lot and how to save money at the supermarket. One chapter I thought helpful in these challenging economic times was her chapter on managing finances in general. She has worksheets to complete which helps a person put into practice her ideas. She also shares stories of people that have struggled with some of these areas and how she has or would help them. There are many helpful things in this book: from the real life accounts of people (it is nice to know that you are not the only one struggling), to the many different worksheets to help you complete as a family.

While the book brought out many helpful tips and practical ideas, I wouldn’t recommend sitting down and reading the book all in one sitting. I think it would be better to read a chapter a week so you have more time to focus on certain areas. While the book also shares some good Bible principles it is not a book meant to change your heart. In other words, there are great ideas here from a Christian perspective but the book is not a Bible teaching manuel.

I would recommend this book to others if you are looking for great practical advice and tips on managing your life with less stress.

I received a free copy of “The Busy Couples Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy” from Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of reviewing.

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