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Publisher's Summary

Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for "home" to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn't you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy...the one place where you and your family can't wait to be?

There is good news waiting for you in The Lifegiving Home. Every day of your family's life can be as special and important to you as it already is to God. In this unique book designed to help your family enjoy and celebrate every month of the year together, you'll discover the secrets of a life-giving home from a mother who created one and her daughter who was raised in it: popular authors Sally and Sarah Clarkson. Together, they offer a rich treasure of wise advice, spiritual principles, and practical suggestions.

You'll embark on a new path to creating special memories for your children; establishing home-building and God-centered traditions; and cultivating an environment in which your family will flourish.

©2016 Sally Clarkson and Sarah Clarkson (P)2016 Tantor

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I was looking forward to reading this book as it got so many rave reviews. 4 months later & I'm almost finished. It's been a slow process of forcing myself to get through this. The author is so dramatic & descriptive (excessively so) that you loose what point she's trying to make. The narrator of this book made it worse. These two combined just gave off an antagonizing perspective of what ideals we should live up to. I feel this book also doesn't take into consideration everyone different socioeconomic and diverse backgrounds.

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  • Carly
  • FL, United States
  • 06-11-17

Pass

Love the author, can't stand the narrator. I would literally rather buy the kindle book and make the kindle read it in that robot voice.

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This book left me feeling completely inadequate

This book was fantastic until somewhere around the May chapter. Previous the May chapter, Sally’s and Sara’s word where life Giving. I felt inspired and related to their vision and heart towards God. But then, something switched in the writing. As i closed this book, it left me feeling inadequate. A failure. And completely overwhelming me with what I’m not achieving in my home. It’s left me feeling anger towards my apparently lazy non appreciative family. Sally’s words have brought to light that I have failed at creating a family culture that is beautiful and brings glory to God. I also feel like I have wasted time where I should have had laid down traditions. I also feel like she’s lying. There’s absolutely no way one can achieve all that she suggests or gives examples of what she does daily to worship God. The book began to morph in a list of bragging- like and printed Instagram profile.
It truly feels as if this book was a sledgehammer to my confidence. Where I was strong before With a foundation strong in my faith and family life, now feels like broken pieces and dust of that foundation. I know that this was not the intention of the writers , or maybe it was? A week ago I felt so convicted in my role as a wife and stay at home and homeschooling mother. Now the role feels insufficient.
I am utterly disappointed by what I had envisioned this book to be.

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More For Reference

What a great book!
Full of inspiration and encouragement for making life more meaningful. But I approached it as a book & I feel it should be used more as a reference, reading sections as they are applicable.
I am a mom of four smaller kids & realistically this is not the season for me to try implementing all the ideas in the book. But I was given ideas and visions for what I want to do with my family and there are some ideas that are feasible now.
Definitely read this with an open mind that each family & situation is different. I live in a way tinier apartment than the author so with a lot of her ideas I had to be open to what the actual end goal was and understand that personally I would have to go about it differently.
If you are in a season of life where you’re just trying to survive and feed your kids & get laundry done & even homeschool ~ you may want to shelf this book for a time where you don’t feel like you’re ‘drowning’.

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  • Jonna
  • Florida, USA
  • 09-28-16

Not for me

I was excited to try this book because the reviews looked great and it seemed to have a positive message that would bless my life.
I hated it. I didn't finish the book or even get half way. Perhaps I would have grown to adore it. I don't know, I just couldn't take how descriptive it was without getting too the point. I think the introduction to the book was over half an hour. The narrator is dramatic and normally that's good but it seemed to just antagonize me all the more.
This book was just not for me.

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Loved it!

I will definitely be buying the paper copy to highlight in a take notes, as well as listening to it again.

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  • Bethany
  • Richardson, TX, United States
  • 10-26-18

Ugh... not do-able

It’s the same reason I don’t follow Chip and Joanna anymore. I have issues with feeling like a failure and jealous/envy. Longing to have these type dreams and have them BUT theres just not an option for every budget, dreamer, or family. Wish I wouldn’t even have started this book. Happy for the Clarksons experience and happy for Chip and Joanna... more blessings to them.

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How to be me

I call this a how to book... a How To Be "Me"book. Read to find out how amazing the author and her family are and how you should be more like them. They get an extra star for promoting love and family values. Not recommended.

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Inspirational

great ideas and stories! tons of applicable ideas and traditions to do with my family

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Great book... Motivating<br />

Lots of great tips and ideas for creating a beautiful ,happy and peaceful family home.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-17-19

a beautiful book that resonated with my soul

I loved this. it really was like a poem for the soul. the writing is beautiful and it's a lovely guide for those who want to develop more of a heart for home and celebrating life in a practical, tangible way. although it did make me feel a bit like I have a LONG way to go in it all, it was just a delight and I will listen to it again slowly over time to mull on it a bit more.

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  • Teonie
  • 01-08-19

Inspired living

Never have I been so inspired in my home and family. This is one I’ll listen to over and again.

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  • Jessica
  • 07-25-16

Heartwarming book for homemakers

I loved this book. It is seriously a beautiful book for mums in the home- to gain a new revelation of the importance of the calling to be a creator of home. I gained a lot of practical inspiration and will recommend this to all my friends

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