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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