Thursday, January 14, 2010


Are you married to your housekeeping opposite? Feeling overworked and underappreciated? Struggling to agree on how a house “should” be run? America’s Family Manager and award-winning author Kathy Peel can help! In The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, Kathy offers a much-needed look at a common area of division between couples: running a household. You’ll find tools to fairly divvy up parenting and household duties; teambuilding techniques for surviving and thriving amidst financial downturns; and steps to growing stronger in your faith as a family. Plus special “advice to guys” in each chapter from Bill Peel! This book is packed full of empowering steps you can take today to restore joy to your marriage, order to your home, and peace to daily life.

What you may take away from this book:

• ways to reconnect the ties that bind when life tugs you in different directions

• tools to fairly divvy up “yours, mine, and ours” for parenting and household duties

• guidelines to negotiate his-and-her preferences for money management, holiday celebrations, and other touchy issues

• steps to stronger faith as a couple and family

• advice for men on mistakes they can avoid — from Bill Peel

The book addresses seven areas of management, which include:

• Your Time and Schedule

• Your Home and Property

• Menus and Meals

• Relationships with Family and Friends

• Finances

• Special Events

• Yourself

My Review

The Busy Couple’s Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy is a great book for all couples, married or not! Each chapter addresses different areas of “management” to help create effective family and relationship management. From time management and schedules to managing yourself. You will receive great advice on managing your family meals, budget and household in general, with the help of tips, quizzes, and charts throughout the book. It seems that in every relationship, one person seems to always be stuck with more work around the house than the other, which can often lead to a feeling of resentment. I believe that all couples who cohabitate or consider cohabitating will see a great change in their relationships after putting the tips and techniques in this book to use. Another plus, (at least to me) is that the book is written from a Christian perspective, from its recommendations, to the tips and the various quotations referenced throughout.

I feel the primary focus of the book to be effective time and family management, while helping couples who are seeking to maintain a peaceful home life. This book clearly addresses the concerns of couples who find themselves to be housekeeping, finance management, and sometime relationship opposites. The author, Kathy Peel, provides useful tips in housekeeping, budgeting, and even parenting. There are exercises throughout the book which are meant to help couples work through times of family discord. I enjoy that there are forms and worksheets that may be copied and used over and over. They are made to help you and your spouse/significant other talk through their concerns of a smoothly run household. An as if Kathy hadn’t already thought to address all of your concerns/issues, she also has her husband Bill address the male perspective at the end of each chapter. This is something that many books fail to address.

All in all, this a very quick and helpful read, relevant to cohabitating couples at any stage in their relationship. This book would make a great engagement gift for a couple planning to marry and may be purchased at Amazon.

About the Author

Kathy Peel is founder and CEO of Family Manager, a company that trains women in the art of family management. She has written 21 books, selling more than 2 million copies. Her latest works are The Busy Couples Guide to Sharing the Work and the Joy, The Busy Mom’s Guide to a Happy, Organized Home (winner of the 2009 Gold Mom’s Choice Award) and Desperate Households. She is AOL’s Kids & Family Coach, and she contributes to many publications, including FamilyFun, Parents, Woman’s World, Family Circle, and HomeLife. A popular speaker and media personality, Kathy’s Family Manager makeover stories have appeared on programs such as Oprah, The Early Show, The Today Show, and HGTV.

About the book

Product details
• Paperback: 256 pages

• Publisher: Picket Fence Press (December 3, 2009)

• Language: English

• ISBN-10: 1414316208

• ISBN-13: 978-1414316208

• Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches

***I received this book from Tyndale Media for review purposes. No other form of compensation was received. The opinions expressed are my own and have not been influenced.