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The Lifegiving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming

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How to make home your family's favorite place to be . . . all year long.
Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for "home" to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn't you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy . . . the one place where you and your family c
Paperback, 248 pages
Published February 2nd 2016 by Tyndale Momentum (first published December 27th 2015)
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Anna LeBaron
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have an ARC (Advance Reader Copy) of this book, provided to me by the publisher ("Thank you, Tyndale!").

This is the book my heart NEEDED to read in this season of my life! I grew up in abject poverty and so homemaking in general has been a s-t-r-e-t-c-h for me, let alone "Creating A Place of Belonging & Becoming", the subtitle of the book.

I have five mostly grown children, and only one teenage daughter left at home, so I intend to use the January thru December format of this book and the acc
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a preview copy of the first chapters, and after reading that, I am really looking forward to getting my hands on the rest of the book. Sally and her daughter, Sarah, give an excellent summary of what a home can be, including the theology of the idea of "home," in part one. Following, in part two, is a month-by-month plan for creating a lifegiving home. If you are struggling to figure out how to make your house, flat, or RV a home, this book will inspire you.
Jan 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect book to have found its way into my hands right now! As an extremely busy mother (and let’s be honest, what mother isn’t very busy?), I’m constantly juggling and trying to find a balancing act between work, home, kids, marriage, and life…and it seems like nothing is ever accomplished to everyone’s happiness. I’d like a big bowl of busyness with a side of guilt, please! This book puts it out there straight – forcing you to come to grips with the things that are truly important, and ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Jan 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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How to make home your family's favorite place to be . . . all year long.Does your home sometimes feel like just a place to eat, sleep, and change clothes on the way to the next activity? Do you long for "home" to mean more than a place where you stash your stuff? Wouldn't you love it to become a haven of warmth, rest, and joy . . . the one place where you and your family can't wait to be?There is good news waiting for you in the pages of "The Lifegiving Home." Every day of your fa
Farmhouse Schoolhouse
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sally Clarkson has written yet another invaluable resource for our home. Looking forward to implementing this book in our home and sharing it with other mothers who desire to build a place of belonging for their families as well. Uplifting and encouraging and thoughtful, my creative fanciful spirit AND my real life schedule were equally challenged. Memories, hospitality, accountability, identity, responsibility---just a few of the topics that have been pressing on my heart for the last year or s ...more
Lisa Suit
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
I discovered Sally Clarkson soon after I had my oldest daughter almost six years ago, and her writing has been so inspirational and encouraging to me ever since. I love her books, and this one may be my favorite so far! It is broken down month by month into ways of being intentional and pouring life and love into your family; and making your home a place of belonging, a refuge from the outside world. It is co-written by Sally's daughter Sarah, and I love hearing both of their voices and their mo ...more
Christin Slade
Dec 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing picture of how and why a LifeGiving home is so important for our families. It also offers practical ideas on what I can implement into my own family. I love the stories shared throughout the book. Maybe you're lost on what might bring "life" to your home and your family? I highly recommend reading this for some wonderful insights!
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this after pre-ordering it on Amazon (thank you Tyndale). I'm also on the Launch Team for this book. But besides all of that, THIS BOOK IS A MUST!

I met Sally while at a Leadership Intensive in Texas back in September and the subject of our families being our biggest mission field was brought up. Creating an environment where our families feel welcome, loved, cared for, nurtured and invested in. I look at my family and know I need and want to infuse my home w
April E
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am currently working my way through an Advance Reader ebook. The Lifegiving Home is compelling and challenging. It inspires the reader to create a haven of love and beauty in their home. I needed this reminder and encouragement.
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The word on my heart this year is Nourish. This book is perfect to nourish my spirit and help me better prepare to nourish my family, home and friends with a love that only God can provide.
Stacey Friesen
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have an advanced copy of this book and I am loving it so far! Such encouragement to make my home a place that is nurturing and full of life. I can't wait to keep reading and get some more great ideas!

I have read most of Sally Clarkson's books and they just keep getting better and better!
Jami Balmet
Jun 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm really torn on this one. I love the idea and concept behind this book and there were many interesting concepts and ideas. But I feel like it could also lead to discouragement.

In this busy season of littles, it is utterly overwhelming to me to read about all the programs and things they do in their home. Granted, this book is an overview of their entire life. But if I'm not careful, I can quickly feel like a failure for not having tea time every afternoon or eating by candle light each night
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I received an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) of this beautiful book after pre-ordering it on Amazon (thank you Tyndale). I'm also on the Launch Team for this book!
The further I progress, the more I simply adore it! The timing is perfect...this is a book about beauty, becoming and belonging, true, but for me, this is also a new beginning. A healing for my heart, my soul. A "welcome home, Chyrll!"
Changes have begun already and I'm deliriously excited at the transformation that is / will take place in
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As part of the launch team, I am another reader who received an advanced copy of the book (Thank you, Tyndale!)

I'm struck by the comment Sally Clarkson makes that her book is much like a collaborative work not only with her daughter, but with other members of her family. It is fitting, since creating a home of belonging and becoming is also a collaborative work. All the members of the family have a part to play! This work, years in the making, is just the lovely writing to nurture my work of cre
Cathy Minson
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am loving this book! What a miraculous way to invite someone into your home from the perspectives of a mother and her now adult child. This book brings clarity and eliminates uncertainty to those of us who know what we want; we just don't know exactly how to make it happen. The Lifegiving Home walks us along our path with Christ, as He molds and shapes us into the home makers or as “home builders” as Sally Clarkson states that we should be.
Julia Reffner
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to receive an ARC copy of this book. I've been a fan of Sally's ever since reading The Mission of Motherhood as a brand-new overwhelmed homeschool mom. Nurturing and enveloping our world and home with creativity as an expression of a divine creator, showing all who enter our domain God's love is the theme of Clarkson's newest release that will resonate with mothers everywhere.
Jennifer Brown
Jan 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am so grateful for the opportunity to get a sneak peek at this book while serving on the launch team. God spoke to my heart about making home an experience, not an activity several years ago. Having grown up in difficult home, I desire so strongly for my own children to experience a joyful, life-giving, loving, safe and nurturing environment in our own home. So much so that I have put many other dreams and gifts on the shelf to plug into my present ministry and calling in this season, our fami ...more
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given a preview of the first few chapters as a gift for being on the launch team and I gotta say this book is going to be fantastic! I love Sally! She always brings such encouragement and life to anything she does! I cannot wait to dig into the rest of the book!
Feb 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but honestly, it's more of a family memoir and a lecture on common sense rather than a good source for fresh ideas. For example, in our digital age, this book doesn't offer genuine ideas about how to reconnect and balance homemaking with real, everyday life. They can talk about their evenings sitting reading aloud, but unless you constructed the perfect family dynamic from infancy, do you really see your family suddenly abandoning their screen addictions for fa ...more
Deb Giles
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Sally Clarkson's books. She always speaks to my heart and seems to know what I need to read when. I received an advanced copy of the book from the publisher and I have been enjoying the book immensely. I love her description of home and have always longed for a home like she talks about in The Life Giving Home. I love the perspective from her daughter, Sarah as well. How they have made each place they visit a home by adding special touches from their family likes to their personal likes. ...more
Penney Douglas
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am on the launch team, so I received an advance pdf of the book. (Thanks, Tyndale!) As an experienced mom and homemaker, I have been challenged to do some things better. This book has caused me to think more about hospitality. Even though circumstances have been difficult and my family has not had our own home for several years (we've been renting) I can still do some things to make our home more comfortable and welcoming. I have limited myself because of money and circumstances, but Sally's s ...more
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
I have been a fan of Sally Clarkson's writing since I read Desperate. I've heard her speak and listen to her podcasts. I sometimes think she is speaking right to my soul. The Lifegiving Home is a call to creating a place of life for your family and others who enter your home. It is a beautifully written and inspiring book by Sally and her daughter Sarah.
Jane Rattray
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The title of this book puts forth a challenge to make HOME more than just a place to come in out of the cold but a place to become... to become whole, to become great to become all that God created you to be. Sally Clarkson offers encouragement along with great ideas to make this challenge a reality in your family.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
The title of this book alone speaks volumes to my heart. In this book, Sally Clarkson and her daughter Sarah share what that means to them and give practical tips and ideas on creating an inviting home that serves as a place of refuge. This book (or at least the first few chapters, which is all I have read so far) challenges me to be more intentional in creating a place where my people feel free to be themselves with abandon, that shelters us all from the storms of life, and that nourishes our s ...more
Dwight-elizabeth Bailey
I'm so grateful for Sally and her books! She is like the sweet friend and mentor you wish could just come over and book form! ;-) I long for our home to be a safe haven for my husband and kids, a place to grow closer to God and with each other, a place to have convictions molded and strengthened, a place where they can be nurtured and sent out to minister to others for the glory of God. I desire it to be a place that breathes life into their souls, and through this book I've been encou ...more
This book has been so inspiring for me so far. It's just the book I wish for whenever I read one of Sally's other books. It answers the question of how she makes her home as it is. Simply inspiring. I can't wait to continue.

((I received a free copy of this book as part of the Tyndale Bloggers Program and one as part of Sally's book launch team. Look for a giveaway on my blog in the coming weeks.))
Jennie Nelson
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was privileged to read the first two chapters and I can't wait to get my hand on the rest. Practical, real, inspiring. Wonderful!
Jan 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book through the Publisher (thank you Tyndale!) and just in the first few chapters I can tell this will be a book I will go back to over and over again. I love how it is structured with seasons so you can easily go back and read about a certain month or time of year when you need inspiration. Having Sarah's perspective really helps as well. I feel like I can relate so much to both sides.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read 4 of sally's books they are wonderful. Its hard to put it down. Her writing style brings you right smack dab in the center of her stories and makes you feel like some one finally understands me! She is such an encouragement to moms and the family unit. She help us see what home ought to be and gives us tools in how to create it.
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kimberly by: Kimberly
I had an advanced copy of this book. (Thanks, Tyndale!)
I own many of Sally's books and one of Sarah's already and have enjoyed them all.
I liked the layout of this book going month by month through the year sharing special ways to create a Lifegiving Home bit by bit.
It's not about suddenly adding more to do to an already busy life. It's about carving out those special moments of life that make a house more than just a place to sleep and a family more than just a group of people with the same las
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From working on college campuses, to sharing the Gospel behind the Iron Curtain as a missionary, traveling around the United States, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia to speak on discipleship, Sally Clarkson has tenaciously sought after God's kingdom, and has used her ministry to encourage others to do the same. From her best-selling books such as Own Your Life, Desperate (with

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“But my parents understood that the world that they made within the walls of our house was what constituted home. So I grew up in spaces framed by art and color, filled with candlelight, marked by beauty. I grew up within a rhythm of time made sacred by family devotions in the morning and long conversations in the evening. I grew up with the sense of our daily life as a feast and delight; a soup-and-bread dinner by the fire, Celtic music lilting in the shadows, and the laughter of my siblings gave me a sense of the blessedness of love, of God's life made tangible in the food and touch and air of our home.
It was a fight for my parents, I know. Every day was a battle to bring order to mess, peace to stressful situations, beauty to the chaos wrought by four young children. But that's the reality of incarnation as it invades a fallen world....What my parents-bless that to make a home right in the midst of the fallen world is to craft out a space of human flesh and existence in which eternity rises up in time, in which the kingdom comes, in which we may taste and see the goodness of God.”
“Every day in each inch of space, each rhythm of time, each practice of love, we have the chance to join God in coming home, in living so that we make a home of this broken and beautiful world all over again. Love is enfleshed in the meals we make, the rooms we fill, the spaces in which we live and breathe and have our being.” 3 likes
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