I have tantalized you a bit with a few Facebook posts about the book, The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook, the past few months. I am a bit embarrassed it has taken me so long to read through this book, but at 544 pages, it is chocked full of incredible information, insight, and thought provoking tidbits. I was a highlighting fool while reading!
There are a lot of books out there on caring for your home, organizing, meal planning, Christian parenting, and motherhood – but this is the only book I have read that contains information on all relevant topics that the Christian homemaker would need and want, plus a few more.
“Homemaking is not employment for slothful, unimaginative, incapable women. It has as much challenge and opportunity for success and failure, growth and expansion, perks and incentives, as any corporate career.” – The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook, Dorothy Morrison, pg 21
We can easily become overwhelmed, but that is not where God wants us to be. He desires us to care for our home and family in a way that become routine, that glorifies Him, and where our true strengths and gifts can shine. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a resource to go to when things are a bit confusing, you’re not sure what to do, or can’t seem to figure out what to cook for dinner?
This is it ladies. An all-inclusive reference tool gives you tips and training on everything from God’s design for the home to Biblical insight on birth control, meal planning to interior decorating, Biblical womanhood to teaching and training children, so that you can become the homemaker God intends for you to be.
I have to admit, while reading the book I began to feel a bit “less than” and almost like I was failing a bit in my role as a homemaker. In today’s society it can be very easy to feel that way, that you are not good enough, or not doing enough, or not teaching enough – but I heard God speak to me. I was good enough and He saw my heart. He saw my desire to improve, grow, and learn, and that is all I can do – offer my best to Him to help mold me into who He wants me to become.
I will never be the perfect homemaker, but with a resource like this – written by a panel of experts with nearly 50 years of marriage experience, 30 years of college-level home economics instruction, a commitment to Biblical womanhood – I am feeling like I have my own little teaching class of well-qualified Titus 2 women.
Their hearts are true and evident in the information they share and how critical it is that we take our roles as Keeper of the Home very seriously.
Here are just some of the topics covered in this Homemaker’s resource:
- God’s Design for the Home
- Impact of Feminism on the Home and Family (one of the most eye opening!)
- Home: A Prepared Place
- The Role of the Wife
- The Value of a Child
- A Life Full of Days: Caring for the Aged
- Placing the Solitary in Families
- Biblical Foundations for Parenting
- God’s Design for Nurturing Motherhood
- Life Management Skills
- Nest Building
- Family Mealtime
- Ideas for Holiday Celebrations
What I gathered while reading this book was that I had to remember to make a few small changes and not feel overwhelmed by reading so much and feeling that I had to change 101 things today! You know, my motto around here is making a few small changes that will impact things on a much bigger scale. It is true. Pick a few things to focus on and allow a routine to develop around those.
I especially love this which is on page 24 in the book. I typed it out and it helps to remind me to keep focused where I need to be.
An Attitude Check for the Homemaker
- Appreciate God’s calling on your life to be a homemaker.
- Visualize the overall purpose of your work.
- Keep yourself at your best in appearance and health.
- Strive without ceasing to keep your interfamily relationships as the most important in your life.
- Learn good homemaking skills and fine-tune them by practice.
- Choose women as friends who affirm your calling and happily encourage you.
- Work diligently as unto the Lord and count your blessings.
Pick up your paperback version or Kindle version here. Or place it on your Amazon wish list!
What area of homemaking do you struggle in?