Book Review: Keeping House – The Litany of Everyday Life

    I’d had Margaret Kim Peterson’s Keeping House – The Litany of Everyday Life on my Amazon wish list for several months.  As my husband and I were preparing for our sweet, 30th anniversary getaway, I decided to order a few new books to take along.  Keeping House was one of the books I ordered.  I was, admittedly, intrigued by the subtitle, “The Litany of Everyday Life”. 

     From a review printed on the back cover,
          “Mom taught us how to keep house; Margaret Kim Peterson tells us why.  Without glorifying menial tasks or patronizing those who do them, Peterson sets housework in a biblical and theological framework that reveals the eternal significance of feeding, clothing, and sheltering others.”

     That brief comment sums the book up nicely, but the depth of the author’s work makes it well worth the read.  I found myself nodding in agreement with a good deal of what Peterson had to say.  From the reasons for keeping a tidy home, to the reasons for not going overboard with cleanliness, her thoughts strike a nice balance for the Christian homemaker.  Her chapters on food and cooking were especially poignant, and her understanding of the Biblical call to hospitality (and what that really means) were quite convicting.  Most importantly is the understanding that making a home for our families really does make a difference!  

     About a week after I ordered this book, I saw that my friend Brenda had also read the book.  You can read her review here (scroll down a bit). 

     While not a manual on homemaking per se, Margaret Kim Peterson’s Keeping House – The Litany of Everyday Life  still offers much in the way of practical advice about homemaking as well as the encouragement to carry on. 

     Please visit the Reading Basket section of my side bar to see the books in my reading queue and to see why I think it is so vitally important that you spend some time reading.  

     One last thing…….with all this reading going on, you won’t be surprised to hear that the girls and I have also been quiet.    

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27 

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