Empty nest, full life: Discovering God’s best for your next

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion



Empty nest, full life: Discovering God’s best for your next


Jill Savage


Moody Publishers







277 pages


This is a wonderful resource. Jill provides wisdom, encouragement, and ideas for thriving after your kids leave home. Grief, delight, questions, loose ends, hopes, regrets, the emotions run rampant when our children leave the nest.

Each chapter is very well organized and ends with Truth for Today (Scripture), Take the Next Step (suggestion) and Talk with God (prayer). The author gives many examples from her own life, her marriage and her five children as well as Scriptural admonitions and encouragements.

The author covers such topics as Expectations, Guilt and Opinions under the heading of Let Go and then New Friendships, Your Marriage and God’s hand (among other topics) under Hold On.

This reviewer’s children have been out of the house for many years, yet I found many helpful ideas for flourishing relationships with my kids and their families.


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Suggested Audience:

Anyone anticipating having an empty nest, going through the time of an empty nest right now, even those whose grown children have been out of the house for a long time.

Christian Impact:

If flourishing relationships with your grown children is your aim, Savage’s book will give you so very much fuel for this goal.

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Empty Nest, Full Life: Discovering God's Best for Your Next

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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