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Joyfully at Home: A Book for Young Ladies on Vision and Hope Hardcover – September 2, 2010
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Jasmine brings out opportunities that are wonderful for us as single girls without a
family of our own. Blessing our families, hospitality, serving the body of Christ freely, studying on our own, etc.
I was empressed that though we ought to honor and serve our fathers, she put the
emphasis on our mothers, which I believe is more beneficial as a "helpmate in training". We are afterall
going to be wives and mothers, not husbands and fathers!
However, she does rightly show us from God's Word that our father is to be our protector and how
we ought to embrace that authority.
This book is definity only for those who are wholy submitted to the Word of God.
(A non-believer would only mercilessly citicize it.) Jasmine doesn't just spout her
own opinion, she brings us back to the Bible to live our lives.
I was encouraged to not only be a "daughter still living at home", but to be a daughter living at home serving her family! People wrongly criticize us daughters still living at home, and I think this book will help
us give a biblical answer to those people. Really great book for every single girl at home!
Guess what? Jasmine does not say that every young woman has to stay at home. She does not advocate using all our time to prepare to be a wife or "helpmeet." Her book is not a call to follow certain rules and thus have a happy, godly life.
She does say that all of us should live to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. She does advocate for the father's role as the head of the house. Her book is a call to live for God as He has called us to and to consider staying at home.
Everything else falls short of the importance of these things, enabling other readers to appreciate it without actually staying at home.
Jasmine starts by saying, "The book you hold in your hands only has merit insofar as it encourages you to delve deeper into the Word of God[...]", thus dispelling the first of my fears (putting her system above God's Word and relationship with Him). On the next page she begins to address the question of God's will with, "On the most basic level, He commands of His daughters the same thing that He commands of His sons. We do not have [...] the Great Commission given to men and the Kitchen Commission given to women." Poof! Gone were my fears of her placing the "woman's role" above the clear principles of Scripture.
Though Jasmine talks about herself candidly and often enough, she does not say, "I live this way so you all should too." Instead, she shares the Biblical principles and commands, and shows how those can be lived in normal life. In a conversational tone, with frequent Scripture quotes, she explains the "principles" and the "practicals" of relationships with one's parents (both of them), one's brothers and sisters (both older and younger), other believers, as well as why to stay at home, how to live the why, and (dun, dun, dun) marriage. Altogether, it is an encouragement to love God and live God, with practical tips on how to do that, personal comments about her own journey, and a Scripture laced plea to consider staying at home as a part of that.
The section on singleness was insightful and helpful. She clearly points to the sins and false thoughts behind our discontentment as singles, and uses examples, Scripture, and personal experience to show the blessing of singleness. At the same time, she does not deny the desire to be married, and claims that it (if based in desire to glorify God) is right, as many (or most) young women will get married, in accordance with God's plan.
The end result in my life? I am motivated to serve the Lord better in my family and not to get distracted by other things, or shamed into doing that which I do not believe (from Scripture, prayer, and my parent's advice) is God's will.
Praise the Lord!
Not only does the book center around stay at home daughterhood, but also upon Biblical principles relevant to every Christian woman, married or single. She beautifully addresses the idea that we need to become a "good daughter" to our Heavenly Father before we can be a "good daughter" to our earthly family. She artfully shows us that this modern culture has sometimes turned things upside down in our heads; she shows us how to re-align our priorities, and be content wherever God has placed us, because ultimately our goal is not simply to get married, but to bring glory to God. She has also given practical advice on what a stay at home daughter can do (as opposed to the stereo-typical sitting around, twiddling her thumbs picture). Further, she has offered vision, hope, and ideas for other principles we must not neglect as daughters in Christ, such as being hospitable and opening our homes to others, thus loving our brothers and sisters in the Lord as well as non-believing friends, too.
Though I personally do not plan on staying at home after high school (I am a senior, and I believe God has called me into mission work), it was still a wonderful book and I have been much strengthened and renewed in my Christian walk. I definitely do not regret reading it, because it was an encouragement to my faith even though I do not believe the same as she does. All in all, I think every young woman (married or single) should read this book because it provides a picture of what stay at home daughterhood looks like, as well as gives much encouragement to sisters in the Lord, even if they are not staying at home themselves.