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on December 21, 2000
I read this book many years ago. It summed up a beautiful philosophy of homemaking, one that needs to be heard in our day. I had been scoffed at for my choice of staying home with my children, but no one scoffs anymore. Now, after years of following my heart, I have four great children and a beautiful home. I started simply, with ideas including Mrs. Schaeffer's ideas, and the Lord has blessed our family. This book is a must-read for every woman who needs to get a vision of what her home could be. It was wonderfully pleasant to find a kindred spirit in Mrs. find someone who agreed that the beautiful things in this world are God-sent and should be echoed in our homes.
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on October 3, 2002
Mrs. Schaeffer's theme was so radically different than anything I had ever come across, that though the book read quickly, it took a lot of time to sink in. This book will be enjoyable for anyone who seeks to make the home the center of life for their family, because it seeks to give honor to the processes that we can take for granted. Cleaning and meal prep, decor and training up little children, as well as thrift are covered.
It may be time to update some of the artwork, although the original drawings were created with the spirit of the books message in mind, so they remain relevant although they give the book a dated appearance.
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on March 12, 2003
The first principle of the author is that man is created in the image of God. Because God is a God of beauty, His creations are justified to create beauty out of the environment they live.
For a Christian, this is certainly an invaluable book. The author is truly a witness to the gospel she preaches. Edith made a very good observation: many Christians confuse between surrendering their will to God and depriving themselves of every need in their lives. This book is not so much about throwing out 1000 creative ideas as it's about setting the mind right for being creative.
For a nonChristian, the book is likely to be a disappointment because the first principle of the author already doesn't match the reader's.
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on February 2, 2000
This book is great for anyone who needs a little "life boost". Edith Schaeffer helps you to work with what everyone's got--God-given talent! You may think you can't do anything, but she makes you see that it's the simple things in life that are important to concentrate on and "bring out". (Relationships are important, especially those with children) I only wish I had read this when I first got married or when my kids were younger but its not too late to start doing some of these things NOW. I especially enjoyed her chapter entitled "Interior Decoration". It's never really been a topic of interest to me but she has a lot of simple ideas (and inexpensive) on making your house a "warm" place to want to be! This is a book that everyone could read and be encouraged. I feel that even people who live alone, no matter their age, could benefit from this inspiring book!
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on November 28, 1998
This book gives us "ordinary housewives" a vision to serve our families the way that Proverbs 31 woman modeled for us. Edith gives us practical daily ideas on how to serve the Lord through serving our family and others from our home. We are not to be bored wives all day, but busy making a home for a husband, children, and Jesus when he comes as the hungry, homeless, or naked. How can we serve Jesus more? How can we be a better keeper of the home as Titus 2 encourages us to be? How can we fulfill the Great Commission if we are busy being wives and moms? How can we make our home more peaceful for our family and visitors? How can we be more hospitable? These are some of the things Edith discusses in her book. If we are not a wife or mother this book will teach us to practice serving in this loving all comes down to serving Jesus always, with all that we were made to be.
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on February 22, 2002
I read this book when I was newly married, in 1980, and this book has been a great inspiration for my life as a woman, a wife and a mother.
Edith Shaffer is the wife of the well known Christian philosopher Francis Scaeffer, and they have together built up the L'Abri community in the Swiss Alps.
Edith Shaeffer says herself about this book: I would define hidden art as the art found in the ordinary areas of everyday life. Each person has, I believe, some talent which is unfulfilled in some hidden area of his being - a talent which could be expressed and developed.
Jesus tells us in the Bible to use our talents, and Hidden Art gives us some great help on this road. I remember when I read it the first time my favorite part was where the writers tells us about taking small children to long services and how to help them to stay concentrate and listen to what the preacher preach. I was not a mother myself then, but I was a Sunday school teacher, and all the children in my Sunday scholl became familiar with the drawings I had learned from Edith Shaeffer.
Other areas the writes tells about are music, painting, interiior decorating, gardening, creative recreation - to name a few.
I'm rereading this book now after more than 20 years. It is lent, and for me lent is a period where I try to find time to be more quiet and live closer to God and the meaning he has for my life. There are many books helping me to walk this road, and Hidden Art is a wonderful book sent from the Almighty God.
Britt Arnhild Lindland
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on January 18, 1999
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in creating a home that is warm, inviting, and beautiful. Mrs. Schaeffer offers a view of "hidden art" that was new and refreshing to me, as well as giving lots of ideas about how to discover your talents in areas of "creating".
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on July 2, 2015
This book is slightly outdated in its look and some of its content, but that is worth overlooking, because the bones of this book and the grand truths it conveys are still as solid as the day they were written...and that is because they are based on God's eternal truth! God gives women such opportunity for creativity in homemaking, in making art of what other people might call a bore. Edith's book is full of ideas. I keep a quote from this book in my kitchen - about how the kitchen should be like an artist's studio, and a place for good conversation and learning. Edith gives women big ideas, how their everyday worlds can connect to the big picture of God's purpose for them, and how they can enjoy God through homemaking.
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on September 2, 1999
I love this book. Everytime I read it inspires me in my profession as homemaker. Ms. Schaeffer's gentle, creative, intelligent personality shines through brilliantly. I highly recommend this book to everyone.
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on August 10, 1998
This is the best treatment I have ever seen about working out the practical realities of deep theological truths in the details of everyday life.
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