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New Book Helps Expectant Parents Trade Fear and Stress for Joy and Confidence in Parenting
Contact: Audra Jennings, Litfuse Publicity Group, 903-874-8363, audra@litfusegroup.com

SEATTLE, Oct. 2, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ -- It's said that when a couple welcomes a new baby, everything changes; but is that a wondrous prediction or an ominous warning? In Expectant Parents: Preparing Together for the Journey of Parenthood (Tyndale/Focus on the Family), Suzanne Hadley Gosselin examines that question from the perspective of a young mother who has given birth to three babies in fewer than five years.

"I think many Christian couples feel fairly satisfied with their lives and marriages when they decide to have a baby. So hearing 'everything is going to change' can sound like a threat," Gosselin says. "Yes, a baby will change everything, but you will never want to go back."

While many books for new parents focus on prenatal development and the health of a mom-to-be, Expectant Parents' core purpose is to help new parents understand key issues related to the arrival of a new child in the home, offering practical assistance as they prepare themselves for long-term family success. This includes strengthening their own marriage relationship, setting plans and expectations for parenthood, increasing communication and preparing for the new stage of their family life ahead.

Expectant Parents could even be called a marriage book, as it offers expert advice on strengthening that all-important marital relationship. "I didn't fully realize how having a baby would shift the dynamic between my husband and me," Gosselin admits. "While our shared joy in having a baby was a really special bonding experience for us, the stress of sleepless nights, postpartum hormones and life changes increased our need for communication and empathy."

Filled with expert voices, including popular authors and bloggers such as Jon Acuff, Matt Walsh, Dr. Greg and Erin Smalley and Chrystal Evans Hurst, this book actually provides parents with the information and practical steps they'll as they work as a team to create the kind of home and family they desire.

Dr. Smalley believes this guide for thinking through how a child impacts your life and marriage is deeply needed. "This book is filled with stories from real moms and dads who've been there. You'll find practical tips and advice as you prepare to dive into this adventure of parenting."

Ideal for first-time parents, Expectant Parents will be helpful to any couple wanting to explore and prepare for the emotional, physical and spiritual life-changes that come with the arrival of any new child into the family.