Archive for August, 2015

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Aug
15

book review: Making it Home by Emily T. Wierenga

This is a good book, well-written and easy to read. I read it in one evening, because it was compelling and flowed really well. The format is good, and the writing style is familiar and comfortable. However, I felt that the description on the back of the book did not fit with the contents of the book. As I read the summary I understood this book to be a home-making book, a favorite topic of mine as a stay at home homeschooling mom. I thought it was going to be a book about overcoming the intense competition and appearance-driven mindset of homemakers today, begun by Martha Stewart and perpetuated by Pinterest.

But it actually is a memoir. This is a book Ms. Wierenga has written to share the hurts and victories of her life, from a childhood of loving yet neglectful parents, to an adulthood with a devoted husband and real-life children. I felt that it was a counseling session, as she worked through her very real hurts and their consequences. Her husband is a loving, kind man who is full of support and encouragement for her. She loves him and their sons, and has a heart big enough to love the homeless woman she meets in a public restroom as well as the 2 sons of a friend that they foster for a year’s time.

This is a beautiful, tearful story of a woman’s life, navigating trials and celebrating joys. She writes of her love for writing and her utter need to publish her books. She writes of her eating disorders and the way God has strengthened her to overcome her unhealthy thoughts that she might eat for the sake of her family if not for herself. She confesses that her obsession with writing led her to trust in herself rather than the Lord, and an editor friend brings her back to Him through intense prayer and counseling. And she writes of traveling to Africa and seeing the poverty and need of the children there, which led her to start a ministry of empowerment for the women who will be bearing and raising African children.

Ms. Wierenga has an engaging writing style that feels as though she were personally narrating the story to you as you read. I appreciate her life story and work up to this point in her life, and I finished the book sad yet hopeful, knowing that God redeems all things, and that her story is an opportunity for Him to get glory and that the work she is doing in Africa is advancing His kingdom.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, Baker Books, in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to give a positive review.