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Dwelling: Living Fully from the Space You Call Home
Revell / 2007 / Paperback
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Creating a real home means more than new storage solutions, curb appeal, and trendy paint colors. Lagerborg shares practical tips on everything from acceptance, community, and family dynamics to dining and decorating as she challenges you to look beyond the superficial to create a haven of belonging for your family, your friends, and yourself!
Mary Beth Lagerborg is Director of Media for MOPS International, where for several years she has helped shape books, a magazine, and electronic media to meet the needs of moms and their families. She has written several books, including the bestselling Once-a-Month Cooking, and speaks on topics related to creating home. She and her husband Alex have three grown sons and make their home in Littleton, Colorado.
Celebrating the home and living well is the focus of Mary Beth Lagerborgs Dwelling: Living Fully from the Space You Call Home. Written in simple, easy language, Lagerborgs style is relaxed and friendly, as if she were talking to a good friend. The book cover specifics of home life, such as how to decorate a room, create ones own work and rest space, and entertain company with a minimum of stress. Each chapter is filled with anecdotes of how her friends make their homes happy, contented dwellings. Plus, there are questions interspersed in the chapter and at the end of the book to get the reader thinking about how to make his or her own home a place of rest and spiritual renewal.
Lagerborg talks about simple things that can make a big difference in ones quality of life, such as a special candle for the dinner table, watching the trees from an office window, or adding a bouquet of wildflowers to a guest room. Childrens needs are addressed with pointers on setting up play areas and keeping them occupied when Mom is working at home. Having authored the book, Once-a-Month Cooking, Largerborg gives helpful tips on how to keep guests satisfied with style and grace, without the hassle. The suggestions to set up a table, re-decorate a room, or serve a buffet-style meal sound like excerpts from a home and garden magazine. She even gives a recipe for whole-wheat bread.
An enjoyable aspect of this book is the quotations from other famous authors and from the Bible. However, to this reviewer, the given solutions to problems that might arise when several people are living together seem overly simplistic. The authors outlook is idealistic and almost Pollyana-ish, appearing to strive to be Martha Stewart with a spiritual twist. If the reader accepts this premise, this is a light but fairly decent book to be added to the Christian bookshelf. Anita Tiemery, Christian Book Previews.com
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