I used to believe that I was the only woman who struggled with my identity as a wife and mother. Since my marriage, I’ve wanted to embrace the new role I’d been given – homemaker. But part of me has always wanted more.
When I read the description of this book, I knew I had to read and review it.
Emily was telling my story.
I will admit that as I delved into the book, I realized that our stories were very different. Emily and I come from different places in not just our back story, but in our worldview.
Between the covers of this book I found a woman who lays her soul bare. She’s a broken woman longing for the love of a father. She’s searching for meaning in life. And while I understand her, I have a hard time connecting with her.
I started this book hoping to find some answers for my own longing for purpose, but instead I found a woman on a different journey of discovering what home really is.
Growing up in the murky space between Gloria Steinem and Martha Stewart has left a whole generation of women struggling to define and embrace the meaning of home. There is constant pressure to do things a certain way and often 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 or make your own artisan bread?
What if home is more about who you are than what you do?
Former subversive Emily T. Wierenga takes you on an unconventional journey through marriage, miscarriage, foster parenting, and the daily struggle of longing to be known. In this soul-stirring quest for identity in the midst of life’s daily interruptions, she shows us that homemaking is much more than old-fashioned tradition; rather, it’s a timeless and essential art requiring mind, body, and spirit.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.