I’ve just finished reading the much awaited for “As For Me and My House” by Elizabeth Wiens. It did not disappoint. Not one little bit. I read it slowly wanting to savour every bit of it.
“Bringing Them Home” was a fictional story about a Christian family and their decision to homeschool their four children. “As For Me and My House” continues the Knight family’s journey into their teen years exploring how homeschooling changed their way of looking at the world. Elizabeth says it best (of course) in her new book, “their decision to homeschool was only the first step in a journey that would entrench their family in an ongoing battle to walk counterculture to the world around them (p. iii).” What I want to know is, “Elizabeth, how do you know exactly what has been going on in my mind?!”
Youth groups, “Christian” rock music, modest clothing, girls desiring to be wives and mothers, dating, teen pregnancy, large families and courtship – these are all topics that are integrated into “As For Me and My House”. This book will challenge your thinking on topics that society says are normal and have you wondering about and maybe seeking other possibilities.
I desire an alternate God honouring lifestyle but wondered what these ideals would look like in a family. “As For Me and My House” helped me to see how this lifestyle could be lived out. Making the leap to further embrace such a countercultural way of living is no longer the unknown abyss. Thank you Elizabeth for this insight and the confidence to more boldly go where not enough people have gone before.
Elizabeth’s new book, “As For Me and My House” is more than an entertaining, informative read. It’s a book that challenges and prompts you to reach out to grasp more for your family. This book deserves a place on your shelves. It could be the book that changes the course of your family’s life or gives you the motivation to move forward. It certainly has pride of place on my shelves.
Mothers of daughters, I urge you to get this book… because I’ll be needing two wives, just like the ones described in “As For Me and My House” for my boys!! Hehehehe. No, seriously! Mothers of sons, there’s lots of wisdom in this book for us too!! I’ll be reading it a second time!