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Home Enlightenment: Practical, Earth-Friendly Advice for Creating a Nurturing, Healthy, and Toxin-Free Home and Lifestyle Hardcover – September 29, 2005

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Once relegated to the status of 1960s hippies, New Age journalists are just now coming into their own--and being listened to. Credit Rodale Press, in part, for generating the genuineness and trust that today pervade the words natural and organic, among other adjectives and nouns. In fact, Bond (Better Basics for the Home, 1999) covers the proverbial waterfront, with chapters devoted to fire, earth, water, and air to healthy alternatives for indoor pesticides (try the safe sugar ant hotel). Every page includes at least one clue or tip about natural choices; in the dining-living-family room section, for instance, Bond discusses pet care and the reduction of lead risks while taking a virtual tour of this space. The biggest issue? How best to locate all of Bond's ideas, recipes, recommendations, and techniques in a text layout that's alarmingly placid and without enough differentiating call-outs? Speaking from the heart (her central nervous system is permanently damaged because of pesticides), she gives hundreds of reasons to start infiltrating a bit of health into our homes. Barbara Jacobs
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Home Enlightenment has the power to change the way we live and breathe. You will feel healed--and whole--just by reading this book: It's a beautiful thing. Annie B. Bond, mistress of the green household and expert on chemical poisoning, gives us remedies for the toxins that ail us. She spells out the ingredients for the good life and the illuminating benefits of sun and candlelight, and she identifies the quiet needs of the everyday. Stockpile copies of Home Enlightenment and give them to everyone you care about. (Amy Goldman, advocate for agricultural biodiversity and author of three books on heirloom vegetables: The Compleat Squash, Melons for the Passionate Grower, and The Heirloom Tomato)

Change is all about knowing what to change. We as a culture have much to change, and it's always a question how we should make those changes. In a style 'only Annie,' Annie opens the door to your home, reveals the invisible, and helps you weave necessary change into everyday life. I have followed Annie's sound advice for years. (Jeffrey Hollender, president of Seventh Generation, Inc.)

Leave it to Annie B. Bond to create the ultimate healthy-home, living-well guide with all the right ingredients--soothing solutions, sensuality, and a whole lot of good sense. (Wendy Gordon, founder of the National Geographic Society's Green Guide) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Rodale Books (September 25, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579548113
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579548117
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.7 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Priscilla Johnson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 6, 2005
Format: Hardcover
In this book you will find information on creating a toxin-free living environment, and also information on bringing harmony between yourself and the earth you live in. Interesting and thought provoking to say the least.

Ms. Bond is not slack in her information giving us vital details on life changing suggestions for healthy living. She covers a myriad of subjects from skin and beauty to cleaning products, showing us the dangers that may be incurred from the toxic elements in them to our body and environment. She also gives us alternative methods to use that I found fascinating. The author does not stop there, she goes on to show how to bring peace and harmony in our home. I particularly liked the section where she tells which colors to use to bring about feelings of peace or joy in our home decorating. Wait, there is more, she continues on with helpful tips on ways to fight head-lice , repel insects and keep our outside environment as clean as possible all in a non-toxic way. Great!

I can't think of a topic that this author did not cover and she includes questions for you to check your own situation and gives an entire section to community resources where you can turn for help.

If you are serious about healthier living in body, home and surroundings you simply must own this book. Ms. Bond has done all the research and work for you; all you have to do is read,learn and apply. A wonderful, helpful read bringing hope for your health and harmony in life.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William Waterway on October 14, 2005
Format: Hardcover
Annie B. Bond, gives us a wonderful guide book on how to live in a world of our own making during these challenging times. Yes, it may be difficult for us to avoid exposure to the ever increasing pervasiveness of toxic chemicals - but we can substantially reduce, or, in some cases eliminate our exposure, through conscious living.

Information about taking care and being aware of our skin health; various rooms in our homes; our yards and in-home materials; the food we eat; our pets; the materials of the clothes we wear and how we wash them; connecting with the elements and the living world; exercise; bathing; breathing; wise buying choices for our health as well as the Earth's health; perfumes; types of candles; mattress, pillows, and other bedroom items; cookware; electricity exposure; attending to the wild birds that visit us in our yards; connecting with and conserving trees; managing our trash - the list is all-inclusive.

Because of her own health survival due to toxin exposure, we learn from Annie B. Bond some of the most important information for ourselves; our children; pets, and the living world surrounding us. To put it another way, this is a very entertaining book filled with wisdom for enjoying and surviving our every-day existence.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J. A Beilharz on February 21, 2006
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This book is terrific! Annie B. Bond has such a lovely way of writing and she pulls and lulls you into this book with her writing style. I loved every topic in her book and have so many pages bookmarked so I won't have to hunt for them later. I'm all for healthy, toxin-free living and this book hits the mark exquisitely. She gives you great receipes for natural, safe cleaning products and takes you through-out your home with great suggestions for its care. She ends her book with addresses of govenment or company names to find information or products of all the items she covers in this book. The is a book that will always be close at hand for me to refer to. Thanks Annie!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By D. Wellman on December 3, 2005
Format: Hardcover
"Home Enlightenment is a smorgasbord for the senses. Annie Bond's experiences, quotes, references and advice are as soothing and warm as a nice cup of java on a crisp, clear chemical-free morning. This book is an encyclopedia of information on everything from air quality in the home to Yak fibers. The little fluorescent bulb will light over your head repeatedly as each chapter gives you practical advice for healthier living with the elements. Home Enlightenment is not just about the home; it's about treading lightly on this earth while treating yourself well, too. It's organic soup for the soul." -- Grinning Planet
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rhonda Cravey on January 3, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This author has the distinct ability to make the reader feel like they are conversing with a friend rather than reading a book. The content is vast and is very well written. Annie B. Bond is very generous with her knowledge and leaves virtually no question unanswered. If you made a New Year's resolution to lead a healthier life by creating a healthier home, then this book is a must have!
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If 'home' means more to you than a roof over your head, and you seek to create a nurturing, toxin-free atmosphere and lifestyle within its walls, then Home Enlightenment is for you: it provides an encyclopedia of natural living which covers everything from animal dander and water management to lighting, fire, mercury concerns, laundry and fabric health, and more. It's rare to see a guide on home systems so attentive to overall health concerns: Home Enlightenment's wide-ranging details on creating and maintaining a healthy environment makes it a unique, top pick.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cecilia Lunardini on July 11, 2013
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I was looking for a book with fact-based recipes to reduce waste and exposure to toxins. This book has some of this, but overall I find it no different from many other New Age-y books I saw, that seem to be very popular these days. Many things are recommended as healthy, or otherwise beneficial, if any ancient wisdom (or its New Age version) uses them. So, the book talks about Buddhist practices, native american traditions, crystal therapies, aroma therapies, color therapies, homeopathy, etc. I acknowledge these as spiritual beliefs, but when I choose a detergent or a food ingredient, I just want to know what works and what does not, on the basis of well verifiable facts. Some scientific studies are mentioned, but without reference, and they seem to be selectively chosen to back up the author's beliefs. When talking about possibly harmful agents (like electromagnetic fields), the author mentions in passing that their effects are largely undocumented and unproven, then moves on discussing at length how vital it is to completely eradicate them from one's life. To be so zealous on the basis of unproven claims seems unreasonable to me. Overall, I appreciate the book for its many tips of practical use, like how to make homemade detergents, and so on. However I would very much prefer a book with a more fact-based, rather than belief-based, discussion.
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