Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Mother's Book of Home Economics~Review & Giveaway!



As a homemaker in our modern age, I am always looking for encouragement in my role of being a keeper at home.  It is not always easy to come by.  We are discouraged and sometimes even frowned upon for staying home to take care of children and husband.  Or we are asked why we don't do more outside of the home.  That's why I'm so excited to share with you a wonderful resource today that I know you'll love--Mother's Book of Home Economics: Remembrances, Letters, and Essays from a New England Housewife (please keep reading to find out how you can win your very own copy!).  This is another excellent book from my beloved friend and blogger, Mrs. Sharon White.  In case you don't know, she is the authoress of The Legacy of Home blog, as well as quite a few other books now.  You can see another review I did of her book, For The Love of Christian Homemaking  here.

Mother's Book of Home Economics is yet another gem from Mrs. White.  This one has 312 pages and 121 short chapters on Child Care, Cleaning, Etiquette, Finances, Holiness, Homemaking, Hospitality, Kitchen, and Marriage.  It is very easy to sit down to a short chapter and glean some encouragement for your day, or to get involved in reading chapter after chapter (if you have the time).  It is such an interesting book, as it contains stories and lessons from Mrs. White's own life.  There is also a helpful index in the back of the book.  It is not really a "how-to" book, though you will find lots of helpful information in the chapters on the previously mentioned subjects.  It is a book I am proud to have on my bookshelf and encourage my daughters to read.  Mrs. White knows the value of a homemaker and also shares the wisdom of homemakers of old.  We are losing that wisdom, and we need to not lose it but pass it on to the next generation.

From the back of the book:

"There are many Home Economics books that will teach you important facts, such as how to get out a stain; how to clean your oven; or how to read food labels.  This is all valuable information.  We should certainly have those kinds of books in our homes.  Nonetheless, did you ever just want to enter someone's home and observe how it all works in daily life?  Did you ever want to learn about how a family used to keep house, or how it is working today?

...The writings are designed to encourage the Christian housewife.  You will feel supported in your decision to stay home and care for your family.  You will also notice a gentle nudging to live the old paths, and find peace there."
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I am so thankful for Mrs. White and her encouraging writings.  In a world where we are bombarded with pressure to leave the home, send our children out of it often and prematurely, and take up work other than homemaking, Mrs. White is a light shining in the darkness.  She encourages us to cook homemade meals, gather the whole family to the table, listen to good sermons as we do our work, have Bible and prayer time, keep a clean and orderly home, and basically be a light to our families.  I do wish she could start blogging again, but for now we have her blog archives and her books. I hope if you don't win Mother's Book of Home Economics that you will buy it.  You will be so encouraged!

Mrs. Sharon White has generously offered to give a copy of her book Mother's Book of Home Economics to one Blessed Homemaking reader.  To enter to win, please use the below form.  You do not have to use every entry type, but you may use more to gain more entries for the giveaway!  FYI, Art for the King is my Etsy Shop--I'd appreciate the favorites ♥






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22 comments:

  1. I do so miss being able to read Mrs. White's blog!

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  2. Thanks so much for the giveaway! I am going to share this on my blog!

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  3. I try to get my homemaking encouragement from following several Christian websites and blogs. One of my favorite ones is http://strangersandpilgrimsonearth.blogspot.com/. I also look around on Pinterest for inspiration :)

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  4. I get my homemaking ideas from different blogs

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  5. I love going to pinterest when I need some ideas or how to do something.

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  6. Gosh-I don't think I can name just one! I do enjoy Far Above Rubies magazine. I can also say though that the internet has been wonderful in finding blogs that are so encouraging-I follow alot of them!

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  7. I think about my Sweet Mama who passed away last December for encouragement. She was truly a Blessed Woman, wife of 57 years and mom. Love & miss our talks!

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  8. I get most of my homemaking encouragement from my Mother. and some online

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  9. Besides my own mother, family, and friends, observation and on the job learning, I have learned quite a bit from Fly Lady.

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. Most of my encouragement comes from homeschool blogs I follow.

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  11. I get my encouragement from other christian moms mostly. I also follow a few homeschool blogs that show me it's not always easy. Thank you for this opportunity. I am sure I could learn a lot.

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  12. I get great ideas from other friends- what works for them, what hasn't worked...real-life conversations seem to have the most affect on me.

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  13. I gain encouragement from other moms, especially those that are "ahead" of me on this journey. :) ~Lora A

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  14. Thank you for offering this giveaway. I love Mrs. White and her beautiful blog :) Thank you for sharing this opportunity also on the Art of Home-Making Mondays!

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  15. My favorite homemaking inspiration is found in Proverbs 31 books and blogs :)

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  16. I have a list of blogs that I follow on feedly, and this is very helpful to keep all the inspiration in one easy place!

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  17. I have Mrs. White's Book For The Love of Christion Homemaking. It has revived my dedication to homemaking.

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  18. I have found many places online that give me homemaking encouragement.

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  19. I follow several Christian blogs for homemaking tips and advice. Some are Modest Mom, Raising Arrows and Large Families on Purpose.

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  20. The place I like to get homemaking encouragement is usually old homemaking books. I have a few, like the Homecraft Book, which is a Scottish book that was used in their schools for home economics, I believe. I also have The American Woman's Home by Catherine Beecher and her sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe. I also enjoy new books, like Home Comforts. In other words, I get my encouragement from books. :-)

    Ginny

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