Commonsensical Advice for Mothers

I find Nancy Wilson’s writing refreshingly practical and biblical without being judgemental or confusing methods with principles. Her latest book, Building Her House: Commonsensical Wisdom for Christian Women fits the mold and is at once encouraging and convicting.

I was personally convicted at many points, including how I talk to the kids when I get caught up in the whoosh of my schedule and to do list, and you will probably find your conscience pricked at different points.  The book contains wisdom for mothers at all stages, and I enjoyed reading them all.  I found it interesting to read the sections for mothers of all tiny littles and remember the days when I had three kids under three years old – from this vantage point I can see that God really did give me grace then, and I can see the wisdom in the advice Wilson gives to mothers in that stage.  Likewise, it was interesting to me to read the sections for mothers of older children, so that I can see where I’m headed.

However, I think the thing that would be applicable to all moms, regardless of stage, is the emphasis throughout the book on creating a home that is “characterized by joy and thanksgiving.”  Wilson is big on how our homes can glorify God and reflect His character, and I find that very inspiring.  Her tips on how to do that are eminently practical, and easy to take in small steps.

Building Her House is a short book made up of short chapters that were originally columns so it is the perfect sort of thing to pick up here and there and think over as you can.  I would recommend it.


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4 thoughts on “Commonsensical Advice for Mothers

  1. I think I’d like this book. It sounds similar to Loving the Little Years (by her daughter, I believe) but over a more broad spectrum of the years of mothering. I’d appreciate the advice in there about what’s “to come” in the future as well.

  2. The Wilsons’ books on marriage and family are great. I’ve hesitated to buy this one since I’ve read so many of Nancy’s columns, but some of her (and Doug’s) books I go back to again and again. I always find their writing refreshing and convicting.
    I’ve wondered what it is that sets their writing apart from other authors (at least within my own mind), and I think it is their cheerfulness and optimism. They keep a good sense of humor about them, yet without tempting me to snicker at things that the Lord wouldn’t find funny; they look to the future with a joy deeply rooted in the promises of God; and they (especially Doug) are good at the art of writing. Altogether, it’s a winsome combination–frustrating when I find myself in disagreement, but usually enjoyable and helpful.

  3. I’m definitely going to check this one out. This book sounds like just what I need right now!

    I see by the first commenter that this is the mother of the author of Loving the Little Years–I absolutely LOVED that book. Very encouraging with practical advice.

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