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Product Details

  • Paperback: 220 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801083656
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801083655
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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83 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is an inspiring and wonderful book. Edith Schaeffer makes the reader love and appreciate the importance of family. It is a unique perspective. Each chapter decribes the family in a different way. For example, there is a chapter called, "A museum of memories," which explains the importance of making happy memories for your children and some ideas on how to do it. Another chapter is called, "A perpetual relay of truth." The chapter, "A shelter in a time of storm," makes one feel honored to be caring for a sick or needy family member. She has other chapters defining the family in other ways, including a place of education, an economic unit, etc. On the days I had time to read even just a bit of this book, I went about my tasks as a wife and mother joyfully and with contentment.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Krystal Bickel on March 6, 2002
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Everyone who cares about having a wonderful family life should read this book. It is packed with great ideas to enhance every moment of each other's lives - even when someone is sick. Mrs. Shaeffer is very open in describing their family and how they made things special but not to the point of making their life seem perfect. One of her best chapters is about creating a "Museum of Memories" by choosing to create positive memories instead of just plowing through one more day. I highly recommend this book!
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Susan H. Pardoe on November 12, 2003
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This book is excellent! The author uses incredible imagery to exemplify her points. Anyone with a family will appreciate this book. Reading it made me think a lot more about what real quality time is all about. It made me think about the things that are truly important! I would recommend this book to anyone I know!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By apoem TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 28, 2001
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This book is lovely. Each chapter explores what a family is and the place of the members in the family. It makes me proud to be a mother and house wife. It makes me look at my place in the family in a new light- I'm a historian, a confidant, a friend, and more. What an uplifting book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Fitness Mom on May 23, 2009
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I am on my third time reading this wonderful book. Edith inspires us to build homes full of loving, humble people who are not perfect, but strive to keep our relationships healthy. I think every young woman should read this practical book as they develop a vision for their families.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Richline on June 2, 2009
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I was inspired by the author's noble vision of motherhood. I often pick it up to read portions of chapters, and love her silver lining recollections of Schaeffer family life. Baker, please republish with a new cover. This current cover photo of mismatched toys does not well represent Edith's love of art and beauty.
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Finally, a champion for the family. After reading this book I find myself jumping up and down with my hand raised, "Pick me! Pick me! I want to be a homemaker!"
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