Thursday, January 11, 2007

Heaven at Home

One of the books I got for Christmas was Heaven at Home: Establishing and Enjoying a Peaceful Home by Ginger Plowman. I read this book over a few days in the Christmas holidays and found it to be extremely practical and helpful.

The book is divided into five parts. The first is entitled "Home is heavenly when the woman is happy" and each chapter discusses how we can find true joy in our relationship with Christ and our roles as wives and mothers. The second is "Home is heavenly when unity prevails" and this section deals with how we can cultivate unity in marriage and between our children and resolve conflict gracefully. The third part is called " Home is heavenly when relationships are right". This section focusses on how to foster good relationships with in-laws and friends, as well as nurturing children in their relationships with Christ. The fourth part "Home is heavenly when children obey" discusses a mother's role in parenting, drawing on material from her previous book Don't make me count to three! Finally, "Home is heavenly when it serves as a haven". This last section gives practical advice about the day to day running of a home, with a chapter on hospitality.

I particularly enjoyed the final section of the book and reading it at the turn of the year gave a good incentive to implement some of the advice given about home management. In one chapter, Ginger discussed how we can keep our homes clean and organised (although the advice to do a whole week's laundry on one day doesn't really work out when you don't have a tumble dryer!). She also presents the case for structuring our own and our children's days to make best use of our time.

The thing that impressed me most about this book, however, was the author's clear desire to keep the motivation for all we do Christ-centred and several times in each section she draws the reader back to the basic reasons for all we try to do in the home:
You see, establishing and enjoying a peaceful home is for God's glory. A Christ-centred home does result in a more productive, more fulfilling life, but only because it is first focussed on pleasing Christ. It is a way to fulfil the very purpose for which we were created- to worship God in all we do.

This book is definitely worth adding to your wishlist.

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