With masses of baby boomers entering retirement and younger workers still reeling from economic recession, increasing numbers of women are suddenly finding themselves living with a “stay-at-home man.” Further, situations like re-entry from military deployment, working from home, illness, or other life changes bring even more men home. Offering practical and emotional support for wives, New Hope Publishers announces the release of Dear God, He's Home!: A Woman's Guide to Her Stay-at-Home Man by Janet Thompson.
The number of employed U.S. male workers was down 3.3 million in the four-year period following the economic recession that began in late 2007 (Mitchell, Josh; www.online.wsj.com, “Recession’s Pain Hit Men, Women at Different Pace,” April 12, 2012). In January 2013, the seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate for men 20+ was 7.3% (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). And though the retirement age has been gradually climbing, an April 2012 Gallup Poll found that 26% of nonretirees still expect to retire before age 65. (www.gallup.com).
Janet Thompson has personally experienced three different life seasons with her “stay-at-home man.” At age 50, her husband’s layoff left him unemployed—at home—for 18 months. Another layoff years later brought him home again. Then after several years of successful work in a new field, physical disability led to retirement.
“Regardless of the reason for this season,” Thompson says, “wives of stay-at-home men experience similar difficulties, hardships, and blessings.” Dear God, He’s Home is a collection of biblical and life-tested wisdom. Thompson not only writes from her own experiences, but she also includes stories from other women and men who have been through similar situations. She leads the reader through guided journaling and prayer and presents Scripture application for encouragement. The book’s epilogue, an entry from Janet’s husband, offers his perspective.
Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott say: “Janet Thompson’s passionate faith, schooled wisdom, and practical applications make her message one for every woman who wants to live an abundant life in Christ.”Janet Thompson is founder and director of About His Work Ministries. She developed the Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry at Saddleback Church and served as a lay minister for 12 years leading Saddleback’s Woman to Woman Mentoring Ministry.
Janet continues to share the blessings of mentoring by training and speaking in churches around the world. She is author of several books including The Team That Jesus Built: How to Develop, Equip, and Commission a Women’s Ministry Team, as well as two other titles in the “Dear God” series, and seven books in the “Face-to-Face” women’s Bible study series. Janet and her husband, Dave, have four married children and love being Grammie and Grampa to 11 beautiful grandchildren. “Refusing to grow old” and embracing their retirement years with great zeal, they make their home in Garden Valley, Idaho.or
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