I put each book, website, magazine, movie, and item, that I love under each category that is appropriate for it to give you a better understanding of what it is and how I use it.

Cultivating Your Home

the books

  1. Created to be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl a resource for radical wives who are serious about helping their husbands
  2. Helper by Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick a fabulous balance for every wife
  3. The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick a 40-day step-by-step prayerful journey to winning back your spouse
  4. Home-Making by J.R. Miller (You can read the whole book by following the link) a traditional look at being a housewife
  5. Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus questions from women for women answered by women about sex
  6. Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat, M.D. and Gaye Wheat a scientific look at Christian sex and how to make it better.  seriously!
  7. What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp a practical look at marriage from the Bible–why date nights won’t save your marriage and what will
  8. Preparation for Parenting by Gary Ezzo (this older edition is best) a detailed guide to getting your baby on a schedule for both his and your own good (there are some problems I see this this method and will be blogging about it soon!)
  9. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp a practical look at parenting from a Biblical perspective (I believe this & the following Give them Grace gives a parent a perfectly balanced view of parenting as a Christian)
  10. Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick a renewed look at Christian parenting with Christ’s grace as the focus–not the “dos” and the “don’ts” (I believe this & the above Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives a parent a perfectly balanced view of parenting as a Christian)
  11. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones a beautiful walk through the Bible for children with Jesus as a the focus of every story
  12. War of Words by Paul David Tripp a look at our words, how we say them, what they really mean, and what they show us about our hearts

the websites

  1. Passionate Homemaking a blog devoted to loving simple, natural, and intentional living
  2. Desiring Virtue encouragement to live a life set apart for the Lord, written by a sweet friend
  3. A Godly Heritage a blog of a Christian Mom, written by another sweet friend
  4. Chronicles of a Babywise Mom learning to implement the -wise series, a detailed guide to getting your baby on a schedule for both his and your own good  (I have some concerns about this method, which I will address in a series soon.  I think most of it is wonderful, though)
  5. Graham Family Ministries a ministry devoted to encouraging families in the Lord and His ways
  6. Baby Center everything you’ll need to know about Pregnancy, Baby, Toddler, & Kids
  7. Disney’s Family Fun a magazine’s website full of fun activities, recipes, and other ideas to have a great time with your kiddos
  8. Ace Bookbinding Co. custom rebinding of old, worn out books (including Bibles)–they do a great job!

the magazine

  1. Disney’s Family Fun a magazine full of fun activities, recipes, and other ideas to have a great time with your kiddos

the movies

  1. Pride & Prejudice (2005) a beautiful look at traditional values in the family
  2. Fireproof (2008) a challenging film that forces you to take a look at your own marriage (oh, and it stars Kirk Cameron!)
  3. Love Comes Softly Series a series based on the prairie during the pioneer days that tells great stories about true love

the items

  1. Fat Brain Toys educational Toys, Games, and Specialty Toys
  2. Canon Rebel T2i an easy to learn, middle of the line SLR digital camera for those interested in taking thier photos to the next level
  3. Canon PowerShot an easy to use, fantastic point & shoot camera for those who just want to take a picture, okay!?
  4. Moby Wrap the safest, easiest way to wear your sweet baby
  5. Bumbo Seat a great assist to those babies not quite sitting (or those who are that need to stay in one place!)
  6. Baby Trend Expedition Jogging Stroller the most fabulous stroller ever. 
  7. Fisher-Price Precious Planet Whale of a Tub the easy to use baby tub
  8. Medela Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump with Shoulder Bag the best breast pump ever!

Healthy & Frugal Living

the books

  1. Intended for Pleasure by Ed Wheat, M.D. and Gaye Wheat a scientific look at Christian sex and how to make it better.  seriously!
  2. The Vaccine Book by Dr. Sears a wonderful, un-biased, detailed survey of just the facts about each childhood immunization
  3. The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn a beautiful look at the Christian’s responsibilities with his finances

the websites

  1. Passionate Homemaking a blog devoted to loving simple, natural, and intentional living
  2. Desiring Virtue encouragement to live a life set apart for the Lord, written by a sweet friend
  3. A Godly Heritage a blog of a Christian Mom, written by another sweet friend
  4. Faith, Family, Food yummy, natural recipes, written by a dear friend
  5. Wise Bread learning to live large on a small budget
  6. Mountain Rose Herbs organic & natural herbs, spices, teas, oils, and more
  7. Everyday Minerals healthy, inexpensive, & great mineral make-up
  8. The Oil Cleansing Method your guide to a soothing facial massage for clear, soft, glowing skin
  9. Fat Brain Toys educational toys, games, and specialty toys
  10. Craig’s List online classifieds
  11. Crown Financial Ministries learn, apply, and teach biblical financial principles

the items

  1. Dr. Bronner’s Soaps healthy, natural, simple soaps (& more) for your body and clothing
  2. P90X Workout & Nutrition (warning: scantily clad men & women all over website) an intense 90-day workout (best for men & very fit women)
  3. TurboFire Workout (warning: scantily clad men & women all over website) an intense workout program the mixes dancing, traditional aerobic workout, and kickboxing (best for women of all shapes & sizes!)
  4. The Parker 22R Double Edge Butterfly Safety Razor a razor that gives you bang for your buck
  5. Fuzzi Bunz Cloth Diapers great, easy to use, cute cloth diapers for this millennium
  6. Breathable Bumpers SAFE bumpers made from mesh so your sweet baby can brethe
  7. Fabric Shower Curtain Liners easy to clean shower curtain

For the Heart

the books

  1. The Valley of Vision puritan prayers
  2. My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers one-a-day devotionals
  3. Trusting God by Jerry Bridges everything one needs to know about surrendering his life to Jesus
  4. Lord, Teach Me to Pray by John MacArthur everything one needs to know about his prayer life
  5. The Cross-Centered Life by C.J. Mahaney everything one needs to know about keeping his focus on the Cross
  6. The Dangerous Duty of Delight by John Piper everything one needs to know about finding joy in Jesus & His Cross
  7. Respectable Sins by Jerry Bridges a look at the sins we over-look
  8. War of Words by Paul David Tripp a look at our words, how we say them, what they really mean, and what they show us about our hearts
  9. A Chance to Die by Elisabeth Elliot a biography of Amy Carmichael, missionary to India
  10. Daughters of Hope by Kay Marshall Strom an intimate look at the lives of our present-day sisters in the world’s most tyrannical countries
  11. Heaven by Randy Alcorn a beautiful and encouraging glimpse as what Heaven might be like.
  12. Passion & Purity by Elisabeth Elliot the courtship tale of Jim & Elisabeth Elliot
  13. When God Writes Your Love Story by Eric Ludy a balanced thought of what modern-day Christian dating could look like
  14. Lies Women Believe by Nancy Leigh DeMoss breaking the lies we’ve been told about men, our bodies, and God
  15. Idols of the Heart by Elyse Fitzpatrick learning to focus on Christ alone
  16. Created to Be His Helpmeet by Debi Pearl a resource for radical wives who are serious about helping their husbands
  17. The Love Dare by Stephen Kendrick a 40-day step-by-step prayerful journey to winning back your spouse
  18. Intimate Issues by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus questions from women for women answered by women about sex
  19. Helper by Design by Elyse Fitzpatrick a fabulous balance for every wife
  20. Strengthening Your Marriage by Wayne A. Mack a survey look at all parts of the Christian marriage
  21. What Did You Expect? by Paul David Tripp a practical look at marriage from the Bible–why date nights won’t save your marriage and what will
  22. Aunt Jane’s Hero by Elizabeth Prentiss the story of a young woman and the trials and successes of marriage
  23. Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss my very favorite book.  Written as a journal as a young woman grows in age, wisdom, and faith
  24. Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers based in the first century, a fictional tale of several lives and how they are woven together by God
  25. The Chronicles of Narnia Series by C.S. Lewis the classic tales of four young children and their adventures in Narnia
  26. Living by the Book by Howard  and William Hendricks a practical guide to in-depth Bible study
  27. Preparation for Parenting by Gary Ezzo (this older edition is best) a detailed guide to getting your baby on a schedule for both his and your own good (there are some problems I see this this method and will be blogging about it soon!)
  28. Shepherding a Child’s Heart by Tedd Tripp a practical look at parenting from a Biblical perspective (I believe this & the following Give them Grace gives a parent a perfectly balanced view of parenting as a Christian)
  29. Give them Grace by Elyse Fitzpatrick a renewed look at Christian parenting with Christ’s grace as the focus–not the “dos” and the “don’ts” (I believe this & the above Shepherding a Child’s Heart gives a parent a perfectly balanced view of parenting as a Christian)
  30. The Jesus Storybook Bible by Sally Lloyd-Jones a beautiful walk through the Bible for children with Jesus as a the focus of every story

the movies

  1. Facing the Giants the story of a high school football couch and the giants he faces every day
  2. Amazing Grace the story of William Wilberforce
  3. Love Comes Softly Series a series based on the prairie during the pioneer days that tells great stories about true love
  4. Fireproof a challenging film that forces you to take a look at your own marriage (oh, and it stars Kirk Cameron!)
  5. It’s a Wonderful Life the classic tale of loving what the Lord has gifted you with

the websites

  1. Passionate Homemaking a blog devoted to loving simple, natural, and intentional living
  2. Desiring Virtue encouragement to live a life set apart for the Lord, written by a sweet friend
  3. A Godly Heritage a blog of a Christian Mom, written by another sweet friend
  4. The Taras Family the journey of a sweet family, good friends of ours
  5. Halie Pigott follow sweet Halie’s journey with cancer, written by one of my dearest sisters in Christ
  6. Graham Family Ministries encouraging families in the lord and his ways
  7. Blue Letter Bible the greatest online Bible Study reference

 

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