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- Print Length: 242 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736949879
- Publisher: Harvest House Publishers; Reprint edition (February 1, 2013)
- Publication Date: February 1, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BFH3UX6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,615 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"The House That Cleans Itself is an excellent book aimed toward the 'cleaning impaired.' Author Mindy Starns Clark's plan shows that trying to change ourselves to become great housekeepers isn't going to work; we must analyze the reasons for the clutter and change the house first to allow for the family's habits. She also stresses throughout the book that if a particular plan doesn't work for you, don't do it—and she offers alternatives to help take care of the problem. Even if a reader does not want to follow the entire plan, this book contains many tips and suggestions that can help a person easily get the housecleaning manageable and to the point where she does not have to be embarrassed if anyone drops by unexpectedly.
"The book also includes many reader-supplied 'most embarrassing messy house stories' which, besides being entertaining, let us all know that we are not the only ones who consider this a formidable task. I highly recommend this book."
—Mary L. Hawkes
"I love this book! It doesn't tell you that you have to completely change the way you do things, but encourages you to look at how you do your housekeeping and adapt things to suit you. Without even finishing reading the book, my family and I started talking about it and doing some things around the house that we felt worked for us. This really is the book for the housekeeping impaired and everyone else who feels that homes should be lived in, not just used to show off."
"I found The House That Cleans Itself to be a refreshing addition to the homemaking and housekeeping books on the market. More and more women are looking for ways to maintain a great looking home without devoting every moment to keeping it that way. Mindy not only shares what she works for her and what she has tweaked from other systems but also tips from what has worked for others. The embarrassing moments were a great addition. I definitely had some 'Aha!' moments reading this book."
—K. Quinn, HomeMakingOrganized.com
About the Author
Mindy Starns Clark is the author of many books, which include the popular Smart Chick Mysteries, Whispers of the Bayou, Shadows of Lancaster County, and Under the Cajun Moon. In addition, Mindy’s plays and musicals have been featured in schools and churches across the United States.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Overall, I enjoyed the book and gleaned a lot of great information from it.
Giving ourselves permission to drop all our negative emotions and just focus on coolly solving problems was...well, life changing. We are not fighting about recurring messes anymore. We're solving them.
The ideas in this book are only "common sense" if your brain is set up that way. If you are not naturally gifted at housekeeping, they're jaw-dropping. People are diverse, and talented at many different things, so one person's "nothing new here" may be another person's life-changing epiphany.
A note about the spiritual content of the book: I might not have bought this book if i had realized that it was a Christian book. I am a Christian, but in the past have struggled greatly with the judgmental or sexist tones, or proof-texting of basically all Christian books on the subject. I was greatly relieved to find none of that here. Each chapter starts with an encouraging (NOT defeating) verse, and there is a chapter about "Keeping God at the Center," which is about setting up a place in your house to worship, and praying for your family, etc. The methods in this chapter aren't really my style, but they were nice ideas and I enjoyed reading them. Non-Christians could easily skip this content, if they choose, and still get huge benefits from this book.
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But - and it is big BUT - when I hit chapter 11 I realised that it was not all it seemed. I had been slightly forewarned by the bible references at the head of each chapter, but when I came to "Put God At The Centre" I realised the author had an ulterior motive. Presumably she is an evangelical Christian and feels impelled to "spread the word" at every available opportunity. In this she has failed, as I immediately stopped reading and gave up on the book. I do not wish to be evangelised in a book about housework. In fact I do not wish to be evangelised at all. If I wish to praise the Lord as I mop the floor I will do so, but not because she tells me to. I consider it false pretences to sell christian evangelism under the guise of a book about housework.