Home, God’s Design


     I’ve recently updated a few things in my side bar – books I’m currently reading from my book basket, books I’ve finished reading and some of my boys’ homeschool stuff.  I hope you’ll take the time to check in there, from time to time, and let me know what sorts of books we might be reading in common; and please, drop me a line if you’ve read a book you think I’d enjoy!  I am always looking for new books to add to my wish lists!

     You should be, daily, reading from God’s Word.  Daily.  Without fail.  Not negotiable.  However, I am convinced that it is also important for you to spend some time reading other books, too.  Not with the same importance and frequency, mind you, but still important.  If this is new to you, please read this article


      I had Miriam Huffman Rockness’ book, Home, God’s Design – Celebrating a Sense of Place, on my Amazon wish list for a couple of years.  It has been so long that I don’t remember who or where I heard about the book.  When I wanted a few brand new to me books to take along on our 30th anniversary trip,  I noticed I could pick up a copy from a third party seller for $.40, so I ordered it.   

     Mrs. Rockness’ book was…..interesting.  Her book is written using the physical characteristics of a house, its architecture, and bringing those to life as she explores how we build our homes, those places where our families reside.  She writes from her own experiences as a pastor’s wife and mother of three children.  There are many wonderful thoughts about family life and how we, as homemakers, can bring about some of the things we hope for in our homes.  The book was written in 1990, but nothing of significance is “dated” in the book. 

     I found Home, God’s Design encouraging, for the most part, and even inspiring at times.  I think that those of you whose children attend public or private schools or who are involved in a lot of church and sports activities might find it very encouraging, and perhaps even quite helpful.  One caution:  Though Mrs. Rockness does cite Scripture frequently throughout her book, some might object to the fact that she also presents many examples from Greek mythology to make her point. 

     All in all, Home, God’s Design – Celebrating a Sense of Place was a good read, and one I enjoyed.  The chapters include very short sub-chapters of just two or three pages, which make it a great book for busy moms to keep handy for those itty-bitty snippets of time available to read.  I have another of Mrs. Rockness’ books currently in my reading basket.  I’m looking forward to reading that one as well. 

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

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4 comments to Home, God’s Design

  • Cheryl~ One of my all time favorites is a very small teeny tiny book called My heart-Christ’s Home, by Robert Boyd Munger. It’s only 28 pages long but oh the power in the pages…The part that is called the Living room really hits home with the meeting with Jesus every morning part. I won’t tell you the whole part but really it just states that we at first are eager to spend time with Jesus but then life seems to get in the way and we forget about it. The part of this section of the book that really breaks my heart is when it says “One morning, I recall rushing down the steps in a hurry to be on my way to an important appointment. As I passed the living room, the door was open. Glancing in I saw a fire in the fireplace and Jesus sitting there. Suddenly, in dismay, it came to me, “He is my guest. I invited him into my heart! He has come as my Savior and Friend to live with me. Yet here I am neglecting Him.” I stopped , turned and hesitantly went in with downcast glance I said, “Master, I’m sorry, Have you been here every morning?” “Yes”, he said, “I toold you I would be here to meet you.”

    Doesn’t that just make your heart cry?? I know that I need to be more in the Word on a daily basis, but I do not put it at the top of my list as priority #1 like I should…

    Thank you for this post, I will check back to see what other books people tell you about..


  • Joann, that is soo very true!!  I will have to look for that book, it sounds encouraging and convicting!  Cheryl, I always enjoy your book reviews, thank you for taking time to share!

  • Cheryl,

    I will keep my eyes open for that book.  It sounds so encouraging and uplifting.  Thank you for telling us all about it.


  • Thank you for the book review. I am always looking for good things to read.