3 Essential Household Books

With Google and Pinterest at our fingertips, we sometimes forget the value of the printed book. Especially when it comes to techniques and tips for household and life skills. The thing is, not everything online can be trusted. Anyone, whether expert or not, can post instructions and tips for things they may have never even tried. A book is different. A book takes a lot of work, time, and money which requires the author to be fully engaged in their content. Nobody is going to spend money on a book that isn’t practical and reliable. For me, there is something inspirational and rewarding about thumbing through the pages of a trusted resource. That is why today, I want to share with you three of my favourite books that every household should own.

The Organized Life

Secrets of an Expert Organizer
Stephanie Denton

The Organized Life

I purchased this book several years ago on a whim when I saw it on the clearance table at a local bookstore. I’ve read it many times, and each time I feel my organization juices running! Divided into 12 area-specific chapters (such as closets), this book allows you to choose where you want to start. Although the first chapter should be read before anything else. In that chapter, Denton expertly describes the cost of clutter and gives techniques on how to deal with it. This book’s colourful and creative format makes it an easy read. Since every page contains valuable and inspirational tips and tricks, you might find yourself jumping up to tackle that area/topic before even getting to the next page! This book can still be purchased online so don’t delay! Purchase at Amazon.ca or Amazon


Household Hints & Handy Tips

Reader’s Digest

household hints & handy tips

Published in 1988 before the invention of Google, this book contains a plethora of tips not only for your house but also for everything from first aid to personal care. It includes instruction for repairing plumbing, polishing shoes, applying makeup, treating animal bites, and toilet training your child! My copy was given to me by mom who received it as a Christmas gift from my grandmother many years ago. Even though I love to use Google, I could never part with this tangible, information-packed publication. The good news is, this book can be purchased online at Amazon.ca or Amazon.


MaryJane’s Ideabook, Cookbook, Lifebook

For the farmgirl in all of us
MaryJane Butters

maryjanes ideabook cookbook lifebook

Don’t let the tagline of this book deceive you. This book is for more than just the farmgirl (although I personally self-identify as one). Butters shares topics ranging from making sourdough biscuits in the “Each Other” section to building a wall tent in the “Outpost” section. In between, she shares food storage and cooking tips in “Farm Kitchen,” basic sewing techniques in “Sewing Room,” and metal and woodworking projects in “Make it Easy.” These are just a few of the broad range of topics discussed. More can also be found in the “Garden Gate” and “Cleaning Up” sections. This books is full of high-quality, beautiful photos as well as stories from MaryJanes own personal experiences as a wilderness ranger, entrepreneur, and a true-blue farmgirl. Purchase online at MaryJane’s Farm Shop.

Happy reading and have a blessed weekend!

Joanna

My Top Favourite Non-Fiction Books

Who doesn’t love to read a good book? While I enjoy a good fiction book, I also love to read non-fiction books that add meaning and perspective to my life. I’m going to share with you four of my favourites.


God Speaks Your Love Language

“How to Feel and Reflect God’s Love”
by Gary Chapman

Dr. Chapman presents the five different love languages and explains that each of us has a dominant one. This is the language that makes us feel the most loved, and what we speak to show others our love. In human relationships, it is sometimes hard to understand the love languages that others are speaking. Also, it can be difficult to learn how to speak a new language so that you can positively connect with someone (although it is definitely worth it). The amazing thing is, that because God created each of us uniquely and gave us each a specific language, He completely understands and speaks all five love languages. Dr. Chapman explains that as we connect more deeply with God by speaking our love language, we will also see a major impact on our relationships with others.

I also have The Five Love Languages Singles Edition. Dr. Chapman has written editions for couples, teenagers, and children.


Captivating

“Unveiling the Mystery of a Woman’s Soul”
by John and Stasi Eldredge

In a world where women are given many different messages about what femininity means, this book takes us right back to the Garden of Eden with the first woman Eve and explores three God-given desires and needs of a woman’s heart. The first time I read this book, it was like a gentle healing balm to my spirit. I truly began to understand myself as a woman and how much womanhood is a reflection of God’s own character. This book has nothing to do with the roles that women expected to play, but rather talks about what is hidden deeply within a woman’s heart. Not only do I encourage my female followers to read this book, I encourage the male ones, too. It will give a you glimpse into a woman’s heart and help you in your relationships.

I have yet to read it, but John Eldredge also has written a book for men called Wild at Heart. Let me know if you’ve read it and your thoughts in the comments below.


Yes or No

“The Guide to Better Decisions”
by Dr. Spencer Johnson

Written in story format, this book tells of a young man on a weekend hike ascending a mountain in the company of a guide and several experienced executives. While on the journey, he discovers three practical and three private questions to ask himself when making decisions. He also hears stories from his companions about professional and personal failures as well as triumphs and successes. Through hearing these stories, he realizes the importance of making good decisions. My version of the book also includes “The Map to Better Decisions” in a punch-out credit card-size format to carry with you. I encourage you to get a copy of this amazing book today!


 Boundaries

“When to Say Yes How to Say No To Take Control of Your Life”
by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend

The inside cover flap of this book says, “Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle…boundaries define who we are and who we are not.”

I’ve also had a giving personality and a desire to help others. That has been a great asset in many of my relationships, but it has also been a great liability. Too often, I have tried to “rescue” people from themselves. After reading this book, I finally realized that each person is ultimately responsible for their own behaviour and the consequences that follow. While I still strive to not be selfish, reading this book has helped me to see that God does not expect me to be continually hurt by others who are selfish and unwilling to help themselves. God loves me too much. Cloud and Townsend also point out that God has boundaries, and He sets an amazing example for us to follow. They discuss setting boundaries with parents, spouses, children, friends, coworkers, and even ourselves.


While I have found these books very inspiring, I would encourage you not read these in place of God’s Word but as amazing supplemental resources. I hope you enjoyed these reviews. Be sure to share your favourite non-fiction books in the comments.

Happy reading!

Joanna