Book Reviews

“Heaven at Home” by Ginger Plowman

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Ginger Plowman’s “Heaven at Home” is a  biblically sound and helpful book geared toward establishing and enjoying a peaceful home. She touches on various issues relating to the home, husband, and children. I find her writing to be down to earth, practical and witty, but it also seems at times a bit disorganized and that was somewhat bothersome to me. While I certainly would recommend this book, I would not consider it the best on this subject. I found chapters fifteen (“Demonstrating Grace in Parenting”) and sixteen (“Avoiding Traps of Ineffective Discipline”) to be the gold nuggets in this book. It would be well worth reading just for these two chapters.

“Feminine Appeal” by Carolyn Mahaney

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For a while now I have followed the “GirlTalk” blog that Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters write. It was through this blog that I heard of Carolyn’s book and decided to add it to me reading list. I am so glad I did. This may very well be the best book I have read this year. “Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother” is  Bible saturated, completely convicting, and an excellent read. I love Carolyn’s down to earth, humble, real approach to writing. The pages of my copy are inundated with yellow highlighting. We purchased several of these for Christmas gifts, and I will using this next year for our monthly ladies Bible Study. Yes, it is that good.

Just to give you a taste of what she writes, these are the chapter headings – 1. “Transformed by Titus 2” 2. “The Delight of Loving my Husband” 3. “The Blessings of Loving my Children” 4. “The Safety of Self-Control” 5. “The Pleasure of Purity” 6. “The Honor of Working at Home” 7. “The Rewards of Kindness” 8. “The Beauty of Submission” 9. “Margaret’s Story”

I loved this book. She gets right to the point, hits right at the heart of the issues, and I recommend every wife and mother read it!

“Notes from the Tilt-A-Whirl” by N. D. Wilson

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I am not quite certain if the author of this book is a complete genius or totally insane. Wilson’s big idea seemed to be that this world is crazy and unique, but God is the maker and controller of it all. While I agree with that and accept his premise, I did not glean much more from this book. I did gain one very unique and interesting thought that caused me to stop and ponder, but that one small thought was not enough to make reading the rest of the book worth my time. His writing is scatter brained, unorganized and off the wall. He seemed to  write down every thought that entered his mind and then published it. Though his writing style was not to my liking, that wasn’t what made me close the book before I finished. It was his use of vulgar language. As a Christian writer writing about God, I found his use of profanity unacceptable, offensive and ill-mannered.

Perhaps he is a genius and I am not enlightened enough to appreciate his work. But my personal suggestion would be that you will find more spiritual benefit elsewhere.

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