I’ve always enjoyed Nancy Wilson’s writing. I’m a somewhat consistent reader of her blog, and I’ve also enjoyed several of her books, including Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women. Mrs. Wilson writes with the kindness, yet firmness, of a wise older friend. The book’s promise to deliver “commonsensical wisdom” is fulfilled.
Building Her House is a compilation of articles, all penned by Mrs. Wilson, that originally appeared in Credenda/Agenda magazine. The book is divided into five parts, with a few of the original articles making up the chapters for each part. The sections, in order, are: Service, Family Relationships, Marriage, Mothering, and Attitudes. While some of Mrs. Wilson’s articles might cause us to feel unduly burdened to do as she does (hosting a weekly Sabbath Feast for the entire family), she is quick to remind her readers that even she started slowly and on a more modest scale than what she is now able to handle. She’ll even tell you how to make great Macaroni & Cheese with Velveeta. How down to earth is that?
Mrs. Wilson is at her best in counseling the younger, stay-at-home wives. She has a sharp insight into the difficulties of those early years of married life and/or motherhood, and her counsel has been honed over years of experience with her own grown up children and with the young women in her husband’s church. The articles for these women are found in all five parts of the book, but “Young Wives”, “Your Baby Has a Soul”, and “Rainy-Day Blues” are all wonderful for the young wife and mother.
I was especially blessed by her article, “Sons and Sports” where Mrs. Wilson extols the virtues of what team sports can do for our boys. Having, for years, heard that team sports were “bad” for boys, and having watched as other moms allowed their well-meant, but overbearing, compassion to weaken their sons’ masculinity, this article was a huge breath of fresh air.
“First of all, the way I see it, boys need to learn how to take a hit. Christian men need to be fighters. After all, in Christendom there is a battle going on. Young boys need to be trained in many areas beyond academics if they are going to be skilled in battle. For starters, they need to be tough – not whiners, moaners, wimps, or shirkers. In sports they learn to take a hit.”
Building Her House is a good read for women in all stages of life. She addresses the unmarried gals in “Courtship Blues” and we older gals in “Mother-in-Law”, with something for every other gal in between.
Each article is just a few pages long, making this a nice take along book for the waiting room, or one that’s easy to pick up when you have just a minute or two to read. Remember, I think it’s vitally important that you are always reading something! Nancy Wilson’s Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women is a good place to start for those of you who are pressed for time to read or who feel guilty reading for pleasure.