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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2015
ISBN: 9781441227065
ISBN-13: 9781441227065

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For women who have grown up in the tension between third-wave feminism and Martha Stewart, it can be a struggle to define and embrace the meaning of home. There is constant pressure to do things a certain way, and sometimes intense criticism from those who think you're doing it wrong. But what if home isn't really about whether or not you homeschool or have a career? What if it's more about who you are than what you do?

A self-proclaimed "former subversive," Emily T. Wierenga has learned the art of making a home and the joy of settling down. Emily takes readers on an unconventional journey through marriage, miscarriage, foster parenting, and the daily struggle of longing to be known, inviting them into a quest for identity in the midst of life's daily interruptions. Through soul-stirring writing, she helps women understand that homemaking is much more than old-fashioned tradition; rather, it's a timeless art requiring mind, body, and spirit.

Author Bio

Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, columnist, artist, author, and blogger at www.emilywierenga.com. Her work has appeared in many publications, including Relevant, Charisma, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, A Deeper Story, Christianity Today, Dayspring's (in)courage, and Focus on the Family. She speaks regularly about her journey with anorexia. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Trenton, and their two sons.

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  1. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Truth tenderly told.
    December 3, 2015
    Sufficient in Jesus
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Emily Wierenga captured our hearts with "Atlas Girl," her story of going out into unknown places searching for what really mattered. It was on that journey that she found her Abba God, who held her in His hands, whole and holy in His eyes.

    Now, she's back with another written offering. "Making it Home" is a series of powerful reflections on what means to truly be at home, to receive and give love, and to share your life with others.

    Emily shares small pieces of her days: conversations with her husband Trent, moments with her growing boys, experiences from her work as a writer. The stories are honest- she describes hard times when nothing goes smoothly and the rough edges of life rub everyone wrong. And they're beautiful stories- she tells us about the times when forgiveness is offered and hope is found and being together as a family is enough.

    She never takes the "I have arrived, and now I will instruct you" tone. Instead, she writes as a woman surprised, as if she's both startled and saved by the goodness of God. She writes like tenderness and truth must be handled reverently, treasured up to fill you and then poured out on everyone you love.

    I thank Baker books for providing me a copy "Making it Home" in exchange for a review.
  2. Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A beautiful glimpse into life
    November 8, 2015
    Victoria
    Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Making it Home by Emily T. Wierenga is a memoir- a fact I didn't realize until I was well into the book, perhaps because it doesn't feel like one initially. Honestly, I'm still not sure I'd classify it as such and true fans of the genre may not like that classification either.

    Instead I'd rather liken Emily's writing to glimpses into the soul. Where some may read her words and cringe at the seeming passivity in her voice. I found myself drawn in by the honesty and vulnerability, the realness of someone seeking themselves through the lens of faith and life.

    When I began reading Emily's book it was the tagline that drew me in "Finding my way peace, identity, and purpose". In fact, as I cuddled up to being reading I muttered to myself how much I'd love to find that because life with two under two is crazy and messy, and illness is tiring, and the last thing I wanted to read was something sad about cancer. Emily doesn't pull any punches though. She's honest about life with 4 littles, the struggles of old hurts that still seek to lure us back, the pain of loss and death. Everything I didn't want in a book.

    But also everything I needed . . because Emily is equally open about those little glimpses of God she finds in the middle of that chaos. She's opens the door for readers to meet with her in the midst of her pain and rawness because that's the path that is taken on her journey home and the journey is necessary - it breathes truth and leads to life.

    As someone who hasn't always fit in I have a love/hate relationship with this type of book. I hate when books can touch so close to home because it hurts, it brings to light the struggles I read to escape. Yet I love the reassurance that there are kindred spirits out there, people who aren't afraid to struggle and be real and find life in the mess.

    This is a book that probably won't be appreciated fully unless you are willing to be vulnerable, vulnerable enough to see life from another's eyes and appreciate the strength it takes to let others in while having the strength to use the book as a chance to reflect on your own journey.

    4.5/5 stars

    Disclaimer - I received this book in exchange for my honest opinion from Nuts About Books. The views expressed are my own.
  3. Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautifully Written
    September 24, 2015
    Callie
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0


    I'm not sure I've ever read a true memoir before, and when I picked up "Making It Home" by Emily T. Wierenga, I wasn't really aware that it was a memoir. I don't feel like the description on the back made it quite clear, but I dove into it and was immediately struck by the beauty of Wierenga's writing. I could tell pretty quick that it was going to be good.

    Wierenga shares bits and pieces of her life story through this book, including her struggles in her relationship with her dad, an eating disorder, and the stories of two babies that she lost. I am always amazed when someone can take all these pieces of their life and weave them together, thread by thread, into this cohesive book, and that's exactly what Wierenga does. I didn't really know anything about her before reading this book, but she makes her story interesting and compelling and relevant.



    Her writing - it is just beautiful (it reminds me a bit of Ann Voskamp's writing, except Wierenga is a bit more literal, which is the perfect balance to me). She has a poetic bent to her writing that makes ordinary descriptions sparkle, and it really was joy to read for that.

    Doctrinally, the book generally seemed solid, which was a relief to me, because sometimes I think when writers get overly poetic they can tend to make the gospel confusing. I didn't feel like that was a problem with this book.

    The one part that I didn't like was a point in the book (Chapter 18) when Wierenga makes a comparison between the Trinity and the family unit - comparing God to a father, Jesus to a "brother", and the Holy Spirit to a mother. This didn't bother me by itself, because there are often analogies like that in Scripture and theological studies. In the Bible, God is referred to as a Father, and Jesus does call us His "brethren" in Hebrews. The part I wasn't sure about, and would like to look into further, was comparing the Holy Spirit to the mother in the family unit, in that the Holy Spirit "nurtures and guides". To my recollection, that comparison is never directly made in Scripture.

    What really made it uncomfortable for me was when Wierenga followed that comparison up with a poetic description of a vision/dream she had in which she interacts with the members of the Trinity. Wierenga refers to the Holy Spirit as a "she" in the word picture she draws. I didn't like that. All three members of the Trinity are referred to in a masculine sense in the Bible. I feel like Wierenga was trying to be poetic with her word picture and tie in the Trinity/family unit comparison, but I think it is unwise to change the pronoun when a feminine pronoun is never used to describe God in Scripture. God does not have a gender, but when He uses words in the masculine sense to describe Himself in His word, that is for a reason, and I don't think we should discard it for analogy or poetry's sake.

    This is a sidetone, but I also get a bit uncomfortable in general with writers trying to describe God the Father and the Holy Spirit in human terms anyway. Of course one member of the Trinity, Jesus, did become a man, but to try to paint all three members of the Trinity into a mortal, more manageable picture doesn't sit well with me. It can be done well, but it is so often done poorly, and it is a fine, nondescript line to walk, in my opinion. I prefer more literal descriptions of the Trinity that are solidly backed up by Scripture - I'm not very poetic when it comes to that, because something as unfathomable as God in Three Persons cannot be adequately described through some poetic word picture.

    While sharing some of her moments of struggle in her faith, Wierenga does share the gospel through these pages - in bits and pieces, not all in one chunk, but I appreciated that she did. Ultimately she brings the book back around to a message of hope and trust in God and His plan for our lives.

    In terms of stars, the writing definitley deserves five, overall I would give the book four stars, with one more taken away for that one improper gender description. Except for the above chapter that I took issue with, I did very much enjoy this book.

    Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  4. Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love Them into Being
    September 22, 2015
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5


    For the past twenty-one years, my designated occupation on our tax forms and all official (and unofficial) documents has been domestic diva. Given the flashy title, my house should look a lot better than it does, but my fierce and steadfast focus within that job title has been to raise four young men to love God, each other, and the values we cherish as a family. Therefore, Ive been occupied, primarily, with the who and the why of making a home much more than the how, what and where. And it shows.

    In Making It Home, Emily Wierenga asks the question that has played like a steady drum beat in my mind for two decades:

    What if home is more about who you are than what you do?

    She answers her own question with a brilliant road map, leading to a destination where home is not the house we live in, but the people whose pictures line the walls. For Emily, home is the place where she loves people into being, so in chapters that are measured off with delicious epigraphs like road signs pointing to truth, Emily traces her journey toward that place of peace and identity and purpose.

    With two active little boys, a patient husband, and a desperate grasp of the truth that it is God who determines the settings on her compass, Emily chronicles days of doing life and finding Christ to be sufficient in the midst of daily brokenness, generational dysfunction, and an eating disorder that has become so much a part of her story that she mentions it casually, almost like a hairstyle: I was starving myself when . . .

    Although Emily Wierenga is a published author and founder of a nonprofit, she has not larded her memoir with lists of honors, successes, and the names of famous people she meets for lunch. Making It Home includes vignettes of the train wreck collision between cancer and Christmas, the unflattering admission that mothers have temper tantrums too, and the crushing workload that lands on the open-hearted mum who welcomes foster children into an already full life.

    If is from this continual pouring out and the parched desert of dependency that the power of God is most clearly seen.

    10 If you extend your soul to the hungry

    And satisfy the afflicted soul,

    Then your light shall dawn in the darkness,

    And your darkness shall be as the noonday.

    11 The Lord will guide you continually,

    And satisfy your soul in drought,

    And strengthen your bones;

    You shall be like a watered garden,

    And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.

    12 Those from among you

    Shall build the old waste places;

    You shall raise up the foundations of many generations;

    And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach,

    The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isaiah 58:10-12)

    These verses from the Old Testament are a timeless reassurance that amidst the Lego obstacle course and the crumbs on the dining room table, in spite of the imperfectly executed birthday parties and the missing library books, mothers are building something important and something that lasts a path toward home.

    This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Far surpassed my expectations!
    September 8, 2015
    love2read
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Have you ever read a piece of writing that felt like you were reading both a beautiful piece of prose while listening in to somebody's internal dialogue? Making it Home, by Emily Wierenga is just that. Let me start off by saying one thing: I have not one complaint with this book. It was both an honor to read this book as well as an absolute treat. Emily truly has a God-given gift for writing. Reading the first chapter makes this apparent as she creates pictures in the minds of her readers, stirs up feelings and captures their attention within paragraphs of opening the book. This book, while containing beautiful writing, is not extraordinary for that reason alone. Emily takes her deepest insecurities, her flaws, her highs and her lows and graciously shares them with her readers in order for them to see how God's journey is far from straightforward and easy. Her marriage, her kids, her eating disorder and her writing career are candidly discussed with a breathtaking honesty that brought me to tears, to laughter and to prayer. This book is the best book I have ever received from the Baker publishing group and I am so grateful that I happened to pick it. God spoke truth into my life from reading this book and I can honestly say I am changed from reading it. I hope I can someday meet Emily because I want to hug her and thank her for sharing the journey that the Lord has called her to. He is doing great things with her!I give this a 5/5 stars!! MUST READ.
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