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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Home-Making

Because Vision Forum was running a sale, I finally purchased J.R. Miller's book, Home-Making, a book that I've been wanting to read for simply months! It was not to be found at my library or even used at a decent price online.

I went with the cheapest shipping option, which was supposed to take from 7-11 business days. I made the order on Friday evening. Imagine my surprise when the book arrived yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon! That's like, what...2 business days? I was thrilled. My husband's comment was, "Well, I guess you're going to have that finished tonight!" Not quite, but I am 3/4 ths of the way through already ;o) There's a lot to chew on. Perhaps I will have more comments on the book later, after I've had a chance to finish it and think more on some of the issues discussed.

8 Comments:

Blogger Mrs.B. said...

I bought that book too but haven't had a chance to read it yet....I'm still finishing 'So Much More'. It sounds like a WONDERFUL book, I can't wait to read it!

3:47 PM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

You'll have to tell me how you like that one, Mrs. B. I haven't read it, but think it looks interesting!

9:20 PM, January 25, 2006  
Blogger Mrs.B. said...

Hi Erin! I'm probably about 3/4 of the way through with 'So Much More'. I like the book a lot! Even though the focus is on the Father/Daughter relationship much of it is applicable to a Husband/Wife relationship. The only negative thing I might have to say is that some of their ideas are a little too 'ideal' or unrealistic for the average person. But their critique of feminism and the harm it has caused society is spot on. Some of my differences with the book probably stems from our differing theological beliefs. My husband and I are Independent Baptist in doctrine.....so our views of how to change society and end times differs. All in all I'm glad I read the book and would heartily reccommend it...especially for young girls.

1:23 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

Thanks for the critique!

My impressions so far about "Home-making" are very positive too, although I think I would say the same thing about it as you mentioned about "So Much More": a very idealistic picture of the family is portrayed. I think it's good to set ideals before us since we're obviously striving for the best...but it can tend to be discouraging by that same token if we know that we'll never meet up with such perfect standards. As a perfectionist, finding that balance between always striving for better and being content with who I am is a constant battle:o)

3:36 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Mrs.B. said...

One of the reason I REALLY liked 'Are You Serious About Marriage?' from www.keepersofthefaith.com is because it is very 'real'. That's why I like their books, even the fiction because the stories show life being hard for most people and not 'ideal' or 'perfect'....the books don't all have 'happy' endings. I also like them because even though they're fiction they challenge me in my Christian walk. My favorite books by them are: 'Are You Serious About Marriage'(written by them), 'Princess in Calico', 'My Little Corner' and 'Little Homes and Big Hearts'. There are more I really like but these 4 are probably my favourites!

I've been contemplating how I need to be careful how I share my blessings with others....I really think I can discourage other people when I portray my life as 'ideal'.

4:06 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

This is funny, because my mom and I were just discussing this this afternoon: being a real person. Not being afraid to be genuine about struggles. At the same time, however, we want to be constantly striving for better things, and we want to be presenting the power and joy we find in Christ and in our lives to others--especially unbelievers! Perhaps genuineness IS key to being a good witness, even if it means that Christians admit we aren't perfect. I believe that others will respect us more if we're honest. And then maybe they will seek to know what causes us to have our joys--why we feel so blessed.

I don't know...I'm kind of rambling! But yes...this is all something that I'm definitely in the midst of contemplating as well!

4:28 PM, January 26, 2006  
Blogger Erin said...

Oh...and I'm glad you told me about those books, because they sound like just the type that I would really enjoy:o) So many Christian books tend to make one feel like there's something wrong with us if we don't all behave brilliantly all the time or have life turn out just so.

4:31 PM, January 26, 2006  
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4:40 PM, January 26, 2006  

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