Ever on the lookout for ways to teach my children that our home is a sacred space for them to feel loved I was excited to be approached by Deseret Book to review this new book by Kristen M. Oaks, My Home Can Be a Holy Place.
Throughout the pages of the book we watch a young girl, Lily, and her family as they try to make their home a holy place. A different activity is shown on each page. We see them praying together, reading the scriptures, enjoying family dinner, participating in family traditions, ‘unplugging’ from the world and playing games with one another.
My favorite page details how the pictures on the walls, the music we listen to, the language we use, and books we read all have an effect on the mood of our home. Every little thing we allow into our home has an impact for good or ill!
The beautiful illustrations by Dan Burr truly add to the feeling of the book. I particularly enjoyed seeing how the baby was ‘passed’ from mother to father in the pictures as they took turns holding him. That is a very familiar scene at our house!
Not only is the book great for children but there is also a website for parents to go for ideas and helps on creating a more sacred home. You’ll find articles to help you with a home:
- where we celebrate traditions
- of faith
- where we honor the Sabbath
- of love
- where we work together
- of prayer
- where we gather with friends
and much more. Most of these articles are contributed by people like you and me. In fact they ask for our submissions to share our own experiences in creating a holy home. Sounds very much like my Establish a House series, doesn’t it? 😀