Sunday, January 29, 2012

Book Review: Housework Blues

Housework Blues by Danielle Raine

I'm just a few pages shy of finishing this book, and in my humble opinion, it should be required reading.  Not only that, I think perhaps one of its subtitles should be "Life 101."  I haven't learned so much helpful, useful information from a book in a long time.

I saw this book on another blog, but I think only the one so far.  My thanks to whoever it was that wrote about it!  I decided to purchase a copy because with the constraints on my time and energy, not even my normal desire to keep a nice house had been enough to do just that.  I needed some help with my attitude and my reasoning regarding housekeeping.  I've found help aplenty in this book.

As the back book cover warns, one won't find many actual housecleaning hints.  That's not the purpose of this book.  No, this book helps us with the feelings many of us have regarding the futility and boredom of doing the same housework over and over again; that overwhelming feeling of it just being neverending; the sense surely we've been born for something better than cleaning house; the feeling that if I can't keep a proper home, I must really be a failure; and so much more.

The thing that struck me while reading was how so much of Ms. Raine's insight and logic could be applied to other situations:  employment we don't care for; relationships that are necessary but unpleasant; anything that requires time and energy that either we don't have or that drains us, leaving us unable to enjoy life.

In case it matters to you, the author refers a time or two to zen, a couple of times or so to Buddha, a page on feng shui, but this did not bother me at all.  I only considered her to be well-read, and not that she was trying to shove these things down our throats.  She mentions the book The Secret.  I have not read that book so I can't really comment-- only to say about all of the aforementioned, that "every good and perfect gift comes from above..." (James 1:17). 

I will reread this book and soon.  And this time, I will underline my favorite points so that I can locate them by just quickly flipping through.  This book is encouraging, and the "best bits" of it just might be life-changing.  I highly recommend it!

When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.

When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.

Johnson Oatman Jr.  1897 (PD)

Wishing you a blessed Monday,
Bess (who had quite the time figuring out how to put Amazon links in my posts again)