Halfway to Each Other

Halfway to Each Other

How A Year in Italy Brought Our Family Home

Book - 2009
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The author recounts the experiences of her family during a yearlong residence in Liguria, Italy, describing how she and her husband renewed their commitment to each other and discovered a deepened sense of closeness with their children.
Publisher: New York : Guideposts, c2009
ISBN: 9780824947804
0824947800
Branch Call Number: 306.81 Pohlman
Characteristics: vi, 266 p. ; 22 cm

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Cdnbookworm May 28, 2011

Susan's marriage was on the rocks when she and her husband decided to move to Italy for a year, because it felt like the right thing to do for them. Tim quits his job, they sell their house, and get rid of or store belongings. They have 2 children: Katie, fourteen, and Matt, eleven.
The idea to make the move came to them on a business trip to Italy.
There are a lot of references to listening to God, to letting God guide them, and how they found appropriate verses from the Bible for situations they found themselves in.
I'm afraid that I just didn't connect with this book. At the start of their time in Italy their behaviour screamed "stereotypical ugly American" and while Susan made reference to this, the behaviour as she described it never really changed. It was subdued a bit as they learned some of the language and made some local and expatriate friends, but it still didn't feel like they were letting that go.
What this book really described is how the two adults took a year off work, removed themselves from the environment that was eating away at their marriage and tried to reconnect with each other (although at times even that seemed half-hearted). It worked for them and they've moved on together, so good for them.

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