Susan Yates

Susan Yates has written 15 books and speaks both nationally and internationally on the subjects of marriage, parenting, and faith issues. Her books include And Then I Had Kids: Encouragement for Mothers of Young Children; And Then I Had Teenagers: Encouragement for Parents of Teens and Preteens; Barbara and Susan’s Guide to the Empty Nest (with friend Barbara Rainey) and Raising Kids with Character That Lasts (With her husband John). Her two new books are Risky Faith, Becoming Brave Enough to Trust the God who is Bigger Than Your World and the One (Devotional) Book. 

You can read Susan’s blogs on a variety of topics at She also writes for For 11 years, she was the Parent child Columnist for “Today’s Christian Women” magazine. She has also written for other publications including, “Thriving Family,” a magazine published by Focus on the Family. She’s the mother of five children (including a set of twins) and the grandmother of 21 (including a set of quadruplets!). Susan and her husband John have been married over 50 years. They live in Falls Church, Virginia, a Washington D.C. suburb where John is the Senior Pastor of The Falls Church Anglican.

But what is she really like? Her blood “bleeds blue.” She’s a Tarheel, a graduate of the University of North Carolina. She loves Monday night football, ACC basketball, shooting hoops with her grandsons, hiking and riding horseback with her husband, running-especially on country roads, eating chocolate, playing practical jokes on folks, walking and talking with girl friends. You are not likely to find her at the mall; she’d rather be at the farm. You won’t find her in the kitchen by choice; she’d rather be outdoors with her golden retrievers. Her favorite time of the year is June when all her kids and grandkids are together for a week of “cousins and family camp” in the foothills of the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia.

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Whether you are sending a child to college, or you are planning a wedding, releasing children can be difficult. Barbara Rainey, Susan Yates, and Bruce Johnston share how they managed this pivotal transition. View Show Notes →
Susan Yates and her husband wanted a way they could invest in their grandchildren and strengthen the relationships between cousins. With that, Cousin's Camp was born. Yates talks about how preparing ahead and being intentional help to make camp days a success. View Show Notes →
Susan Yates and her husband have been hosting their grandchildren at Cousin's Camp each summer for over a decade. They say, the memories they've made have been worth the effort. Susan offers some simple, practical tips for hosting your own family camp. View Show Notes →
Susan Yates talks about making a conscious choice to trust God each moment of the day. Yates, a mother of five grown children, remembers her first Christmas as an empty-nester. View Show Notes →
Emotionally and physically depleted author Susan Yates whispered "Help me, Lord," and was surprised by the words God spoke to her heart. Her solution, she realized, was to get to know how big God was. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates give some helpful suggestions for embracing the empty nest stage of life. View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates recall how they felt when they first entered this confusing, liberating, and emotion-packed stage of life called the empty nest. View Show Notes →
When the kids leave home you become a new kind of parent. View Show Notes →
Marriages, like tides, ebb and flow. View Show Notes →
As you look back on your parenting, do you often feel a twinge of regret? View Show Notes →
Barbara Rainey and Susan Yates share their personal experiences about entering the empty nest. View Show Notes →
You’ve longed for the day when the house would be peaceful again and the kids would finally be grown and on their own. View Show Notes →
Today on the broadcast, walk with us down the hall of heroes as Dennis and Barbara Rainey and author Susan Yates profile just some of the women making a difference in the season of life we call the empty nest. View Show Notes →
It’s not too late for you to make a difference in the world. View Show Notes →
The kids are gone. The house is empty. View Show Notes →
Are you dazed by the changes thrust on you by the empty nest? View Show Notes →
Have your kids all left home? View Show Notes →
Sometimes some of your best friends can come right out of your own family. View Show Notes →