Best Books for Pilot Wives
Pilots' Wives may be time poor, but it is important to make time for you. We've put together a few books to help you do just that. There's a mix of funny, helpful, inspirational and entertaining ones in there.
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There's More to Life: The Little Book of Inspiration
This is not so much a book that you read, but more a little nugget of self love and inspiration that you can keep in your car or handbag for those times you need a little pick me up.
Gems like: "Accept that some situations are beyond your control and rise above your disappointment" or "Remember to love yourself - it's your life-sustaining force".
Sometimes you need someone else to remind you that it's going to be ok or that you can do this. "There's More To Life" is just the little book to help do this.
The Five Love Languages Military Edition: The Secret To Love That Lasts
The Five Love Languages is recommended by couples everywhere and especially Pilots' Wives. It can be challenging enough to understand what your spouse needs when you see them regularly. Add to that the complexities of an aviation lifestyle and figuring out how to love each other the way they need to be loved can be near impossible.
The Five Love Languages helps you explore and understand which actions are interpreted by the other as loving and affirming, and which as indifferent and demeaning.
We've chosen the Military Edition because even though it might not be specific to Pilot Wife Life, it does cover ways to build intimacy over long distances and other similar issues faced by us. There are plenty of other versions to choose from if you prefer.
If you want to find out what your love language is, you can complete a quick quiz here.
The Miracle Morning
Pilots Wives often need to fit a lot into each day. There's housework, kids, jobs and on top of that an unpredictable pilot schedule. Miracle Morning can help you reclaim some time for you and help you tackle all the things life throws our way.
Robert Kiyosaki says "Miracle Morning is perfect for very busy, successful people" and it has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon from over 2400 reviews.
If you're trying to figure out how you can do it all, The Miracle Morning may just be the answer you're looking for.
Why Your Flight Attendant Hates You
Written by a fellow pilot wife, Why Your Flight Attendant Hates You is a humorous look at the life of a flight attendant.
Since a lot of pilots' wives fly often and some are, or used to be flight attendants this is a light hearted view of some of the things they have to put up with on a daily basis.
If I'd Had My Way: The emotional and spiritual struggles of a missionary pilot's wife in the Brazilian Amazon.
For the more religious reader, "If I Had My Way" chronicles Ruth’s time spent as the wife of a missionary pilot, while she, husband Hank and their family served as missionaries in the Brazilian Amazon.
The book includes a bible study at the end of each chapter for readers to reflect on their own experiences and struggles.
Bush Pilots' Wives
We know that when our pilot's away, things are always going to go wrong. Imagine being the wife of an Alaskan Bush Pilot in the first half of the 20th Century.
Bush Pilots' Wives chronicles the stories of a number of Alaskan Bush Pilots' wives, collated and told by Bush Pilot Wife Lenora Conkle.
Certainly an eye opener to some of the challenges that others before us may have faced!
The Pilot's Wife
I get that you may expect this book to be the top of a list like this, but I'm going to be honest, this one is not for the faint hearted Pilot's Wife.
The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve covers issues that are most Pilots' Wives worst nightmares. It is a compelling read but I would recommend you think carefully before you decide to pick this one up.
Let us know when you've read one and what you thought! We'd also love to hear your top book recommendation for other pilots' wives.