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Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Ultimate Career: The Art of Homemaking for Today...Review

About the book:
Since the 1960s Daryl Hoole has taught, in print and through lectures, the skills and rewards of effective home management. Once again, now with her daughters, she offers a treasure trove of good and practical updated how-to advice to homemakers of all ages and situations. But this is much more than a book about housekeeping. The heart of her message is that the specifics and techniques of "keeping house" are only the means to a more important end. Unlike other books you may read on home management, this one is built on eternal principles which, if applied, will help establish your home as a "house of glory and a house of God." 

Although Daryl is a virtuoso in the art of homemaking, to whom these ideas apparently flow with ease, almost any woman will find encouragement and suggestions to help her in her own quest to establish an eternal home. Even those who seem to find themselves "congenitally challenged" in the home management arena will find helpful tips on moving forward, one step at a time.

As an added dimension of value, this book also addresses some of the pressing challenges facing today's family. The book, a celebration of the divine role of motherhood and the eternal significance of the family, is a message of hope and good cheer from the heart of an author who has always celebrated and cheered for women who are devoting the best of their lives and efforts to the ultimate career.

I enjoyed this book so much. Daryl Hoole is a natural at home management and her book is full of great ideas for raising a family and keeping house. It's even better though, when you read it from the viewpoint that motherhood is a divine calling and that the family is eternal. Our roles as wives and mothers are so important: more important than just cleaning house. I love the practicality of the book and the ideas shared, but more importantly, I loved the thoughts and scriptures shared, and the fact that Daryl wrote it with her daughters and daughters-in-law.

One of my new favorite quotes comes from the first page, "Out of the dreariness, into its cheeriness, come we in weariness, Home." (Stephen Chalmers)

This is one book I will go back to again, and again. I have learned so much and have implemented some great organizational ideas from reading this.  You can learn more about Daryl Hoole here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Personal copy read 8/07.  You can purchase your own copy here.

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5/5 Stars

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