Life Giving Home Study – Take 2

At the beginning of this year, I tried hosting a discussion of Sally and Sarah Clarkson’s book The Live Giving Home here on the blog but for a variety of reasons I discontinued that series. I felt like I was too busy just surviving during my husband’s deployment to do any of the “extras” suggested in the book.

A Life Giving Home book discussion and link up

In the last couple months, I have come to the realization that cultivating the environment and culture in my home should be one of my top priorities, not an afterthought. I would love for others to join me on this journey, so I will once again be hosting a book study of this wonderful book starting in January and following month-by-month with the chapters in the book but with some changes to enhance the discussion.

This book is really inspiring and a little overwhelming. It is full of so many ideas I want to implement in my own home. I love and have gained insight and encouragement from many of Sally’s books and this one is just as great!

The book is written so that each chapter corresponds to a specific month – moving through the whole year. The companion guide, The Life Giving Home Experience, is also organized by month. We will spend 2018 working gradually through both the book and guide month by month, trying out a few ideas from each chapter in our homes, and sharing about our experiences and challenges as well as sharing additional tips and brainstorming solutions together. 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and linkup

We will read each chapter the month before the chapter title and I will post my thoughts on the chapter here the last Friday of the previous month (i.e. I will post my thoughts and plans pertaining to the January chapter the last Friday in December). Starting in the January post I will include how things went implementing the ideas for that month along with my plans for the next month. 

This year, in addition to the discussion here on my blog and a linky for other bloggers who would like to post their thoughts and experiences on The Life Giving Home, I will also have a Facebook group where we will discuss all of this in even more depth. This group will give everyone the opportunity to share their thoughts, plans, and experiences. It will include weekly check-ins on how everyone is doing with their goals and a deeper discussion on The Life Giving Home Experience study guide. (This group will also host a monthly book club beginning in February, stay tuned for more info on that!)

If you would like to participate all you need to do is:

1. Get The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. (Click the images to go to Amazon)

2. Read the chapter before the beginning of the month it is written and work through the chapter in the companion guide.

3. Pick a few suggestions to try with your own family.

4. Join the Facebook group.

5. Join me here on the blog the last Friday of the month, read my thoughts and share your own thoughts, what you plan to try, what you tried the previous month, what worked, and what didn’t what didn’t. Join me in the Facebook group weekly for further discussion. 

We will repeat this each month of 2018.

Each post will include a linky for anyone else who plans to blog through this journey with me but the bulk of the conversation will happen in the Facebook group.

 

A Life Giving Home Discussion and Link-up

The first few chapters of the book are an introduction and overview, I will discuss these along with the January chapter in the first post on December 29th. Please try to read these beginning chapters AND the January by then. 

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Must Have Book for Moms: Lies Moms Believe (and How the Gospel Refutes Them) {Review}

A couple weeks ago I stumbled upon a fellow mom blogger looking for people to review her new soon-to-be-released book. I love books and I enjoy writing reviews so I offered. Little did I know that this book was exactly what I needed at exactly this time. But, of course, God knew. I have no doubt His hand was all over me seeing the post on Facebook asking for reviewers.

The ebook version of the brand new book Lies Moms Believe (and How the Gospel Refutes Them) released today! I feel very strongly that every mom, and anyone who is thinking of becoming a mom, needs to read this book. I can pretty much guarantee you will find at least a few lies you have been believing about yourself and motherhood in this book. The freedom and peace that comes from seeing these lies crumble in the face of scripture are simply amazing.

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for moms

The book contains 32 chapters each addressing a single lie. The lies are grouped into five categories. Each lie stands alone so you wouldn’t necessarily need to read them all in order. If there is a specific area of your life where you are struggling you can find a lie pertaining to that area and just read that chapter. The chapters are pretty short, around two to five pages. I read the book pretty quickly both because I wanted to get this review up on release day, and because I just couldn’t get enough! I would suggest reading a lie a day, look up the verses, pray for God to reveal how the lie has been impacting your life, and let yourself mull it over for a bit.

Rebekah combats each lie with scripture. She doesn’t make wide assertions that can’t be backed up or do mental gymnastics with scripture to make it say what she wants. She goes right to the Word of God and weighs what the world tells moms against what God says about us, our kids, and parenting. Then she challenges you to go to scripture yourself and test her words. Breaking down some of these lies hurts a bit, I described it to one friend as sandpaper. It can be a bit rough as it knocks off some hard edges we have developed. But it is also encouraging and refreshing to know we don’t have to live under some of the burdens we have been carrying.

Now, I have a confession to make. I didn’t read Rebekah’s bio (which I’ll put below) before I read the book. I’m glad I didn’t because honestly, it may have created a mental block for me. I’m not proud of this fact but I’m going to be honest about it because someone out there may have the same thoughts I would have had, and I do NOT want that to prevent you from reading this book. I have five kids and my oldest is 12, Rebekah has two young children. It isn’t that I would have considered myself more of or a better mom, but I would probably have questioned what a younger mom with younger children could tell me that I don’t already know. Oh, the pride. Yep, that is a weakness of mine. I’m so thankful that didn’t happen because she definitely had some things to tell me that I am so thankful I read with an open mind! Sometimes a fresher set of eyes and a less cluttered perspective is exactly what we need.

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for moms

I hope I have convinced you to buy this book. If you read it with an open mind and prayerful spirit I have no doubt that it will change your life, your marriage, and your parenting for the better. With 32 common struggles, you are bound to find some areas you need to work on. I’m convinced there is not a mom out there who wouldn’t benefit from this. 

The ebook is available as of today! A companion study guide and the physical book will be released March 30, 2018. I am very excited about the study guide! So excited that I have decided to host an online Bible study in April; if that is something you are interested in make sure to subscribe to my mailing list with the form in the sidebar to stay up-to-date on the details!

About Rebekah: 

Lies Moms Believe and how the Gospel refutes them book review Biblical encouragement for momsRebekah Hargraves is a wife, mama of two littles, home business owner, podcaster, and blogger residing in TN. Her passion is to bless fellow Christian women through her writings on her website, Hargraves Home and Hearth, which exists to “edify, equip, and encourage women in their journey of Biblical womanhood”. Rebekah’s first book, “Lies Moms Believe (And How the Gospel Refutes Them)”, releases in November.

You can learn more about Rebekah and follow her writing on:

Her Website – Hargraves Home and Hearth

Instagram – @rebekahhargraves

Facebook – Hargraves Home and Hearth

Twitter – @hhomeandhearth

 

 

 

 

*I received a free copy of the ebook Lies Moms Believe in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are genuinely and solely my own.*

The Everyday Family Chore System {Review}

Lately, our chore system has not been working as well as it used to and I really needed to find a way to get us back on track so I was thrilled to get the opportunity to review The Everyday Family Chore System from Everyday Homemaking.

The Everyday FAMILY Chore System

This is a great book available in digital or print versions. I definitely recommend the digital since you will want to print the forms in the back and printing as many copies as you like is easier than copying in my opinion! It is a quick read with lots of great tips.

The book is divided into three parts. Part one gives an overview and basic tips on child training that is a necessary foundation for getting kids to do chores. The second part contains instructions and a variety of tips for implementing the system. There are suggestions given on several different ways the program could look in your home so you can tailor it to fit your needs. The last section contains all of the forms you will need to implement the system.

I had been thinking we were going to have to scrap our chore system altogether and start from scratch but after reading the section on how to implement this system I was thrilled to realize I could incorporate the tools and tips provided in this book into my current system to make it function better. There were several ideas I was able to implement such as clothes-pinning the chore cards to my kids to help them stay focused.

The instruction cards, which are provided in a printable format, are a wonderful tool and have reduced the amount of assistance and correction my kids need by spelling out exactly what is expected. The provided cards are wonderful and help to get the system going right away and I will be slowly replacing each of them with personalized cards tailored to my own home and preferences.

As I have time I will also be incorporating pictures and instructions posted on the wall into our cleaning and chore system to provide my kids with even more guidance and direction for completing chores thoroughly and correctly.

One of my very favorite parts of this book is the comprehensive list of chores that children should be able to complete at specific ages. The list gives both a suggested age to start teaching the chore and an age at which the child should be able to complete the chore independently. This is so helpful for me both in closing chores to assign and keeping realistic expectations of my children. I will also be using it as a sort of checklist of skills that my kids should be learning at specific ages. Even if that particular chore is not a child’s regular chore I will make sure they do it for a time in the specified age so that they know how to do it when they are out on their own.

Everyday homemaking everyday family chore system

This is a great resource for any busy mom. It is flexible can be used on its own as a complete chore system or you can incorporate the tips and tools into your current chore system.

Let me know in the comments if you plan to try out The Everyday Family Chore System.

This is a Review Crew review. Vicky Bentley has also written Everyday Cooking which was reviewed by several crew members. Click the graphic below to check out more reviews on both titles!

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May – Life Giving Home Discussion {Link Up}

Welcome to the monthly discussion of A Life Giving Home! Make sure you read the whole post for important info on the future of this series. I hope you had a chance to read the May chapters in both the book and study guide. If not feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

Get The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. (Click the images to go to Amazon)

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and link up

 

Update on Previous Goals:

 

Our schedule has been disrupted with summer arriving and activities ending, other activities beginning and visitors coming and going. Plus the busyness and unpredictability of a homestead in the spring has made it a challenge. I have just not gotten around to any of my intentions from this book this month.

Life has been rough for my family the last few months. Nothing dire or serious but a LOT of transition. We have had a huge move, a new town, a new baby, some health struggles, and some other things that are more personal and don’t need to be broadcast on a blog. I love what I’m reading in this book and all of the amazing ideas it has but the fact is my family is in survival mode right now and will continue to be for the next few months. For my own sanity and to get my family back to a state of peace and order I am focusing on the very basics….a very basic schedule and very basic levels of obedience. We are basically starting from the ground up. Sally’s ideas in this book won’t be something I can implement until I have that basic foundation back in place. Unfortunately, I’m just not in a place to implement what I’m reading right now.

My Thoughts and Going Forward:

 

So what I need to know from you to decide how and if I’m going to proceed with this series is if you want to continue participating. I love this book and the ideas Sally has, so I wouldn’t mind continuing to read and discuss but, for me, it would be from the perspective of what we may want to try eventually, not things we are trying right now. I haven’t had a lot of participation in the comments or on the linkup so far so if there isn’t anyone wanting to participate I will just discontinue the series and perhaps start it in the future when I am personally ready to put some of these ideas into practice. Please comment below if you would like me to continue posting monthly to discuss this book through comments or linkup.

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the May Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience and let me know if you woul like to continue this discussion. You have 3 ways to share:

  1. Here on the blog in a comment
  2. On the Facebook discussion
  3. On your own blog via the Link-up below

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and linkup

 

Link-up Rules:

  • ONLY link-up a post that discusses the April chapter of The Life Giving Home book.
  • Copy and past the linkup button into your post or blog sidebar (or at least create a text link back to this post).
  • Visit at least one other post in the link-up.
  • (Optional) Share this post on Social Media to spread the word!
A Life Giving Home Discussion and Link-up