|The Unexpected Power of Home: Why We Need It More Than Ever|
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book because it led me on a journey from my childhood home to the place I now call home. As the wife of a pastor turned publisher, Nancie Carmichael has faced challenges on her journey—periodic moves, the busyness of mothering five children, the challenge of finding time to pursue her own interests.
But at each junction of her journey, she concentrated on creating a place of comfort and beauty, and she encourages us to do likewise. Carmichael writes about embracing where you are, not where you’d rather be. She writes about the satisfaction of housework, the need to organize your environment and the need to establish boundaries. She suggests setting priorities instead of goals.
Chapter titles include “Leaving Home,” “Home Work,” “The Gift of Hospitality” and “Sacred Space at Home.” Carmichael frequently quotes others: “If you want to change the world, go home and love your family” (Mother Teresa). “Autumn is like a second spring when every leaf is a flower” (Camus).
Because of the subtitle, I expected the book to delve into societal issues that may infringe on the atmosphere of our homes. While Carmichael mentioned technology, she did not elaborate on this aspect.
In this book you’ll learn how to celebrate the seasons, how to say “yes” to where you are and how to extend forgiveness if you have unhappy memories of home. End of chapter questions help you evaluate your own home and a study guide is available to use with small groups.
This would be an excellent study to help young mothers realize the influence they can have simply by creating a positive atmosphere in their homes. You’ll be blessed by reading this book, and you’ll bless others by giving it as a gift.