As the name of my blog indicates, I spend a lot of time thinking about home. Of course, my Heavenly Home is the one that is eternal, so that’s where I need to lay up my treasures, and that’s the one I’m striving for. But in the meantime, I have been given this tiny piece of the here-and-now—this home on the edge of town, this family, this neighborhood—in which to serve Him. And, though this is in the earthly realm, I want the things that happen here to be investments in the Heavenly realm.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

{31 Days to Make a House a Home} Day 30 ~ Books For Inspiration

In making a home, there are a few books that I have found helpful through the years.  They are all quite different, but each one has had an influence in some area as I have tried to make my own home.

The Bible
Oh yes, this is the most important one!  I would not even begin to attempt to make a home without the true foundation which is the Word of the Lord. 
"Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock."  

The Way Home and All the Way Home by Mary Pride
When I discovered these books, it was like a breath of life...a whole new way of looking at my role of wife and mother, but through the lens of the Word of God.  The ideas presented were such a contrast to the values of our modern society, and even a contrast to many of the values of the church.  

The Hidden Art of Homemaking
by Edith Schaeffer
Creative ideas to spark your own creativity while you strive to make your home a place of beauty and blessing. 

The Shaping of a Christian Family by Elisabeth Elliot
I found this book to be inspirational as Elisabeth Elliot tells of the home in which she grew up.  The author shares family stories and the guiding principles of her parents' home as they raised their children in the fear and admonition of the Lord.   

The Reluctant Entertainer by Sandy Coughlin
Within these pages, the author provides you with the tools of making your home a place of welcome and hospitality.  Read this, and your perspective on "entertaining" will change. 

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Since today is the day for recommendations, I am going to suggest that you read my daughters' blogs, as they have also written 31-days series this month! 

Kristin, my oldest daughter, is wife to Brian and the mother of five beautiful treasures!  During the month of October, she has been writing encouragement from her own experience: 31 Days for the Struggling Mama.

Kati, my second daughter-third child, recently purchased a nifty new camera with some graduation money.  She has been learning her new camera, snapping away, and posting some of her favorites on 31 Days of Photography Fun.


  1. I too have read many books about making a house a home, the Bible being # one, The Hidden Art of Homemaking is one too. When I was a new Christian and a new bride, I would visit Christian bookstores to find books on homemaking. I will visit your daughters blogs.
    Enjoy your day.

  2. Cheryl, I am almost speechless, I have just finished reading your 31 days to make a House a Home, and now want you to know that you are my newest mentor!
    These posts have so much encouragement in them, I truly think you should compile them into a book. I can't say enough about how wonderful this is.
    You truly are a woman after God's own heart!!
    I am blessed to know you.

  3. I just started The Shaping of a Christian Family. The only book I have not read on your list is The Reluctant Entertainer.

    I have been mentored and learned from books - one of my favorites from my early married years is Emilie Barnes.


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