Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Christian Homemaker's Handbook: A Book Review

About The Book:

This one-stop reference tool gives you tips and training on everything from meal planning to interior decorating, biblical womanhood to budgeting, so that you can become a holistic homemaker! It features practical teaching from Scripture, instructions for do-it-yourself projects, application questions, helpful resources, a comprehensive index, and more.
With nearly 50 years of marriage experience, 30 years of college-level home economics instruction, and a commitment to biblical womanhood, the editors of The Christian Homemaker’s Handbook have compiled the comprehensive manual for today’s woman and her home.
You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format
About The Authors:
Pat Ennis (EdD, Northern Arizona University) is distinguished professor and director of homemaking programs at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and has authored and coauthored several books, including Practicing Hospitality.
Dorothy Kelley Patterson (DTheol, University of South Africa) is professor of theology in women’s studies at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, where her husband, Paige Patterson, is the president. She is an active homemaker, author, and frequent speaker and Bible teacher at women’s conferences, as well as a mother and grandmother.
My Review:
If you have a wedding or bridal shower to go to in the next few months, this is the perfect gift idea for the bride-to-be!
The Christian Homemaker's Handbook is HUGE, at over 500 pages, but is a fantastic resources for a married,  Christian women!
The book is very well organized, divided into six parts:
1. God's Design for the Home (a overview of the role of the wife in a home)
2. God's View of the Sanctity of Life
3. Foundations for Parenting
4. The Practical  Aspects of Establishing a Home
5. Planning and Preparing Healthy Meals 
6. Making Wise Clothing Decisions 
Each of these parts have between five and ten chapters, touching on topics like meal planning, modesty, Biblical womanhood, teaching and training children, discipline, Biblical birth control and so much more. The book is not necessarily meant to read from cover to cover, although you can do so. More so, it's meant almost like an encyclopedia. 
Read the chapters you need to at specific moments in your season as a Christian wife and mom. Take what the authors say, and adapt and apply it to your life in whatever way works for you. I absolutely loved Part 5, however because I run a child care business out of my home, many of the ideas about cleaning schedules have to be adapted greatly. I used a lot of the ideas, just changed them to my family needs. 
The authors were wonderful in how they applied scripture to practical life and I know this is one book that will be in my personal library for many years, and one that I will be glad to pass on to my girl's one day to help them be great Christian homemakers, Lord Willing. To note, this book is also very good for those Christian wives and mothers who work outside of the home. An absolutely fantastic resource and will impact all those who read it!
A very practical, encouraging and exhaustive collection for today's modern Christian homemaker. 
I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up!
BUY IT: You can purchase The Christian Homemaker's Handbook at your favorite Christian bookseller, as well as on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com
***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Crossway, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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