Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Family Squeeze by Phil Callaway with a GIVE AWAY!!

Teenagers and Aging Parents – what to they have in common? They share the care-givers “squeezed” tightly in the middle. In his latest book, Phil Callaway takes a close and poignant look at the forty-something crowd that finds themselves wedged between the tasks of trying to safely guide their children into adulthood while following their parents through the heartbreaking journey of regressing back into their childhood. In the meantime, this age-group also has to battle to keep their own marriages in tact while the world around them unravels at the seams. Are you beginning to understand the verb choice – Squeezed?

This is another deceptively small book that is packed with lots of amazing things. There are chapters dedicated to things like “Mid-life crisis quiz” (chapter 7) and “Eight Rules for Dating my Son” (chapter 9) that will have you in stitches! Phil is a firm believer in the power of laughter, and I know he is convinced that our world has forgotten the joy found in this simple task. There are also chapters so poignantly true that you will weep like the chapters that share his first child leaving for college, his dad’s final stage’s of Alzheimer’s and the poem in Chapter 36 about the limitations of Alzheimer’s. If there is one thing Phil knows in his not-quite-fifty years of living, it’s that the Lord allows trial and joy to come to us all. He also knows that it is only God’s mercy and strength that gets us through sometimes.

Family Squeeze contains a lot of practical advice among Phil’s own accounts of this peculiar stage of living. He was consistent in reminding all of us, no matter what age we are, of what is lasting in this world and what is fleeting and temporal. If we live our lives to obtain only what this world has to offer, Phil knows that we will face aging with a lot of regret. However, if we live our lives poured out for others and enjoying the things that matter, like family relationships and our personal walk with Christ, then our lives will be rich until we finally draw our last breath and go home to be with the Lord.

It really is difficult to sum up all that this book has to offer. I highly recommend it to anyone between the ages of 40 – 60. There is something there that will touch your heart, make you laugh, make you cry, and long for a closer relationship with everyone you care about. This is a truly unique and wonderful little book, and I encourage you to pick up a copy HERE today! And please, visit his website here to learn all about this amazing author and well-known speaker!

If you leave a comment here, I will happily enter your name for a FREE COPY of this terrific book!


Carole said...

Phil Callaway is a new author to me, but his book sounds delightful. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Unknown said...

well, I turned 40 on Saturday, so I will need to read this book :)
please enter me, thanks!

KT said...

ooh, looks exciting!

windycindy said...

I am a part of the sandwich generation. My parents had me in their late 30's with a brother that was 14 and a sister that was 10 years older. I got married at 30 and had my two sons in my thirties. I would love to read this book. Please enter me in your drawing. Many thanks,Cindi

Scrambled Dregs said...

Don't enter me... but I must agree with your review. Good, thought provoking, laugh a chapter read.

Tarasview said...

Oh I think Phil Callaway is hilarious. Please enter me!

taradawnrobertson at hotmail dot com

Kim said...


You are the winner in this great give away! Please check your email and send me your mailing address!