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Holiness for Housewives: And Other Working Women Paperback – April 1, 1997
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"Heres a way to grow holy day by day through intimacy with the ordinary."
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"Inspiring reading for every housewife, and every spouse, father, brother, and son of a housewife!"
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"Van Zeller points out a sure way to combat fatigue and weariness of spirit. Written with charm and a fine sense of humor."
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It is divided into three sections:
1) Your special vocation as a housewife
2) How to pray amidst your daily duties
3) How to grow holier day by day
and each are further divided into subsections such as "Don't be misled by a false notion of holiness," "Learn the two ways to pray and work," and "Beware of the temptation to run away." Though there are no personal stories such as one might find in a woman's or parenting magazine to chuckle over and say "Oh, yeah I've been in that situation," each topic goes to the deepest parts of what marriage is - a vocation, one's personal way to holiness - and how to let this vocation be one's means of sanctification in a practical way (such as how to respond to the constant interruptions and ruined plans). It helps to give a picture of what holiness truly is instead of some false image of praying in a quiet chapel all day, and practically how to advance in this particular path of sanctification.
I think a some misunderstandings in a previous review do need a response briefly. First, when speaking of religion as consolation, he is warning not to let that be the sole substance of what religion is to a soul.Read more ›
I have benefitted in that not only is my wife a more content mother because of the advice offered, but I am a better father.
I'm better because she is more content, and I am better because the book's advice and prayers are beneficial to housewives and househusbands weary from the drudgery of daily housework.
The author demonstrates that housework and childcare can be a path to holiness. Finding the spiritual and the sacredness in our everyday tasks can make us Saints.
I highly recommend this book, for both housewives and their husbands. It is a short, easy read. The very practical and honest prayers at the end of the book are alone worth the price of the book.
Well, this book isn't anything like that. Dom Zeller writes as though he has lived in my brain at some point. Every excuse, every rationalization, every resolve, he somehow knows. And yet he writes with such understanding and love, with encouragement and practical advice, that rather than instill guilt, it inspires me to cultivate my interior life.
What he does is he explains the inherent dignity that is motherhood and housewifery, and shows practical ways that I can actually USE the "drudgery" and constant interruptions as occasions for submitting my will to God's. He goes against these false notions of theoretical "holiness" that require one to resemble a hermit, and teaches how to "pray without ceasing" in a way that is actually doable. Best of all he does not impose any one method on all, but gives principles to easily apply to my particular situation. Whereas other authors merely make you feel like giving up before you even start, this book makes you think "Hey, I can do that. I'll start now!"
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book for a wives and mothers! So thought provoking and consoling.Published 3 days ago by Elizabeth J. Felderhoff
Wow! Just wow! I got this based on a recommendation from a friend and it has completely changed my views! Read morePublished 19 days ago by Canton Mom
This book is so practical and useful. Without talking down to anyone or making me feel guilty about the prayers I am not praying, Van Zeller incorporates practical tips for handing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Wooten
I absolutely love this book. I just got it today and I cannot put it down. I think it's a must read for anyone who stays at home or works, or does anything else for that matter. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cheyenne Harris
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. It was very insightful & a great spiritual read. I especially appreciate the special prayers in the rear of the book . Read morePublished 15 months ago by MmeB
This book is wonderful!! Must read for any woman who has chosen to give up her career to stay at home to rear her children. Read morePublished on July 6, 2013 by Kevin