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The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming Paperback – February 2, 2016
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Secrets to making home the place your family longs to be
In our deepest hearts, we want home to be a place where our spirits are filled. A lifegiving haven of warmth, rest, and joy that will encourage everyone who enters it; a welcoming respite in an isolated culture.
Join beloved authors Sally and Sarah Clarkson to discover the path to a lifegiving home―from a mother who’s known for creating one and her daughter who was raised in it. This is their story: a story about a home where a real family learned to flourish, grow, and belong. Together they offer a treasury of wise advice and spiritual principles to help you create a place for all that is beautiful, good, holy, and foundational to life.
The Lifegiving Home will lead you on a new path to creating special memories for your children; establishing God-centered traditions; and cultivating an environment your family will cherish their whole lives long.
About the Author
Sally Clarksonis involved in ongoing discipleship and teaching ministries to women, parents, homeschooling mothers, and Christian mothers and their children. She is the author of numerous books and articles on Christian motherhood and parenting and leads WholeHearted Mother Conferences. Sara Clarkson Sarah Clarkson grew up in a family committed to discipleship and personal ministry and began a personal walk with God at the age of sixteen. She is passionate about passing on the great ideas of literature and Scripture through writing and discipleship. Currently a freelance writer and editor, Sarah has spent the last few years working with Whole Heart Ministries at their conferences,speaking in the United States and overseas on such topics as beauty, literature, and loneliness. She has also served as a writer and editor for Whole Heart Press publishing projects and Whole Heart blogs. She is a passionate lover of literature and has conducted an intense study of children's literature that has resulted in Read for the Heart, a guide to the best children's stories. When she isn't traveling to exotic places, reading fascinating books, or sharing coffee and ideas with friends, she can be found at home in the beautiful foothills of Colorado.
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The Lifegiving Home is a lovely book. Sally speaks to us in her usual genuine, down-to-earth, humble way. Sally and Sarah begin with explaining that home isn't just the physical structure, it's creating a sanctuary for all who enter, no matter where you live. She offers direction and suggestions for how to breathe life into your home. To give you an idea of the topics Sally addresses, there are chapters titled “Creating a Framework for Home: Rhythms, Routines, and Rituals”, “A Culture of Love: Lifelong Relationships”, and “The Art of the Ordinary: Finding Beauty in Your Own Backyard”. This book isn’t just for moms, it’s for women all ages and stages. If you are in the season of redefining like I am, The Lifegiving Home is a must-have book!
That said, I've taken a few of the ideas from the book to incorporate into my family routines, because though my husband and I are not a creative-types, we do have at least two children who are more artistically and aesthetically inclined (ages 6 and 3). We've already seen a difference in the ways we can help them settle down into quieter conversation at mealtimes by changing the atmosphere a bit (candlelight and soft classical music) and I intend to take their need for aesthetics more into consideration because they do truly need it. I appreciate what the Clarkson women have poured into this book; but I wanted to caution those who are more like me to not feel overwhelmed or that you have to become a Clarkson to make a life-giving home.
I highlighted many sections as I read. Sarah Clarkson says, "Home is not merely a dwelling. It's not merely a state of existence. It's a story, a narrative spun out day by day, a story molded by the walls and hours and tasks and feasts with which we fill our time, reflecting the reality of the God whose love animates every aspect of our being."
I love all of the little and bigger ideas they share. As we slowly weave these ideas into our own homes, they become vibrant places where life and love are celebrated. For example, I loved their idea about having a chalkboard on the front porch to welcome guests. I have incorporated this simple idea. In the book, I found this wonderful quote by J. Brillat-Savarin: "To invite someone into your home is to take charge of their happiness for as long as they are under your roof."
In a world in turmoil, both natural and manmade, we may feel that there isn't much hope. This book is full of hope. Mother Teresa said, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family."
Word to the Wise: I enjoyed the whole book. I have, however, heard from a couple people that they didn't love the beginning. It waxes a bit poetic and maybe idealistic at first. BUT, everyone I know that has gotten into the monthly themed chapters has found the book profoundly helpful and even life-changing...or I suppose we could say, lifegiving. :)