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The Lifegiving Home by Sally and Sarah Clarkson



 First of all, you're going to want to read this book all at once, I'm going to recommend against that. There is quite a bit of information and practical things to put into play within this book. The monthly divisions make it easier for you to put things into action, if you take them a month at a time. Some of them include a culture of love, heritage of faith, times of delight, and the rhythm of celebration. The twelve separate chapters take a practical look at creating a lifegiving home. Simple things, such as taking walks together, stopping in the midst of an ordinary day to share time together, having books in your home that speak to your heart.

 Sally and Sarah Clarkson present so many wonderful ideas in this book. The nice thing about their interaction is that it is of one who was called to create and one that was nurtured in that creation. It may also be one of the downfalls. Because the two have so much history together within the context of the lifestyle they're promoting, the examples are often of a home with small children that did not have ready access to mobile devices. It may have been helpful to hear some variety in the how-to. 

Overall, it is an excellent book. I would recommend it for homemakers, especially ones that are just creating their homes and families. Even for those of us that already have rhythms in place, this book can be helpful to refine them or add a few more.

 A copy of this book was given to me by Tyndale Publishing for the purpose of review. I am not required to give positive feedback, but I'm always thankful when I can.

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