Harvest House Publishers
My Heart’s at Home by Jill Savage addresses the need of families to have a mother who is a mom by intention, that is, a mom on purpose, a mom by choice. The trivialization of the career of mothering by the feminist movement has caused many women to feel that they are not valuable unless they are earning a second income. The author at one point felt she would be wasting her education to stay at home, but then she began to see motherhood as a valid and important profession.
Savage founded the organization Hearts at Home to help women learn to see their place as homemakers as the calling of God, to find true happiness and contentment in the career of mothering. She is the mother of five children and is a pastor’s wife.
Savage compares her mothering to the renovation by her family of an old farm house they bought. The text is divided into four parts. Part I is about building the foundation of a home—making it a safe place, a restful place, a healing place, and a spiritual place. Part II deals with building the framework of a home—making it a place to find encouragement, to gain life skills, to become educated, and to learn family history (Deuteronomy 6:7).
Part III covers making the home a play place, an office, a cultural center, and a place for hospitality (1 Timothy 5:10). Part IV is about the personal roles of the family members, with Dad as “contractor,” Mom as “manager,” Mom and Dad as “managing partners,” and the kids as home “builders under construction” (Ephesians 5).
The last segment of the book contains simple plans for mom’s group studies from the text of the book. Each has icebreakers for getting to know each other, questions for discussion, life applications, prayers, and homework assignments. I would recommend it for groups of moms to study together. It is an encouraging book with many insights for building a stronger home. – Elece Hollis, Christian Book Previews.com
Founder and Executive Director of Hearts at Home Jill Savage explores the important role “home” plays in a family’s journey. With her personable, humorous style, Jill shares from her experience as a mother of five and from conversations with many other moms to offer practical ideas and motivation to create a home that is a
This anchor book for Hearts at Home will extend beyond this valuable ministry to encourage all women to build the heart of their home on biblical principles and to raise a family that is strong, loving, and firmly standing on a foundation of faith.