Thursday, January 21, 2010

Book Review of Holiness for Housewives by Hubert van Zeller

This book was first published in 1951 under the title Praying While You Work. It teaches you just that - how to pray while you work. This book is an easy-to-read explanation of what to expect in your journey towards a meaningful prayer life with God. "This is the first lesson for the Christian wife and mother today: to let go of what may once have been - and under other circumstances might now be - a recollected self, and take on, with both hands, the plan of God. Indeed it is the lesson for every Christian in every age; it is the gospel principle of dying on one plane in order to live on another." Page 15.
Van Zeller seems to really understand the life of a housewife and gives practical advice for building up your prayer life. "It becomes a matter then, of developing a system of prayer within the framework of your God-given duties. It will be your system of prayer - not neccessarily anyone else's. You will have to find a way of communicating with God by means of and not in spite of the calls upon your time and energy and patience." Page 26.
He gives the reader different ways of thinking about prayer. "Prayer, if it means expressed praise, is only one form of communication with God. Prayer, if it means directed effort toward God, can cover all forms of communication with God. Your whole purpose, then, is to work out a way of praying that directs every effort toward God - and to work out a way of directing effort so that everything becomes a prayer." Page. 26. Prayer isn't just a set time away from all the distractions of motherhood, it is in the midst of the distractions, it is your entire life.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

First meeting of 2010 and vote for your favorite book!

Hello Joyful Hearts!

Our first meeting of the year will be Monday, January 18th at 9:30 am as usual. We will start with our devotional "Grace Filled Moments" and then we will spend a little time discussing which text we'd like to read this semester to help us begin this year on the right foot!

Here are some options on the table, and we'd love to hear your ideas and recommendations too.

Choosing Beauty:A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women - Gina Loehr

Graced and Gifted: Biblical Wisdom for the Homemaker's Heart
- Kimberly Hahn

The Better Part: A Christ-Centered Resource for Personal Prayer - Fr. John Bartunek

We so much hope to see you and your little ones at the meeting tomorrow. Many blessings of joy to you in your motherhood!