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Theology of Home: Finding the Eternal in the Everyday

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  273 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Home. It is an elegant word, at once both simple and far-reaching. Home is a place to live in and feel comfortable, but it is much more than that.

Home is where we are nurtured, where we live, and where we love. The language of Home is universal. It is where we find the eternal in the everyday.

But the Home has been neglected. To millions of women today, there is nothing w
Hardcover, 315 pages
Published September 24th 2019 by TAN Books
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Abby Glann
Closer to 3.5 stars. The writing and message are beautiful. I loved reading the lovely insights into how important home in all forms is to our lives. What fell flat were the accompanying images. The cover photo and title led me to expect images that would show much more of the sacred incorporated into the everyday, into our homes, into our lives. The words certainly achieve this. The pictures, for the most part, could have been clipped from any trendy decorating publication. Not until the chapte ...more
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is not an interior design book. It is much more abstract and philosophical. It is very beautiful and anecdotal, which makes it such a peaceful and easy read.
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely beautiful book! The writing, photography, subjects chosen were all done in a matter that was carefully curated.

This book is written by 3 Catholic women who discuss bringing their faith into their home life, family and space through topics such as entering, safety, comfort and hospitality. The high quality craft put into this book makes it a pleasure to read. Even non-Catholics who are interested and open to what a "Catholic home" can be would find this book a treat and app
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
Beautiful and thoughtful. I’m not a Catholic but one of the things I appreciate about their doctrine the most is their approach to sacramental living. As a Protestant Evangelical I find the emphasis on liturgy, spiritual discipline, and the sacred approach to the mundane refreshing. One worth reading despite your faith: inspiring. And some excellent quotes from the saints throughout.
Jennifer Kirchoff
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
So I enjoyed the book but there were a few things that I didn’t like. First, I was under the impression it was going to give tips of decorating your home to reflect your beliefs. It really didn’t. Secondly, I wish different types of families would have been represented. It was the same type of family...white mom and dad, many kids, and from what I guess most home were in California. It would have been nice to see families of color and homes in different area of the U.S. or even world! The photog ...more
Carla Miller
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: home-library
Beautifully done. I have thoroughly enjoying slowly perusing this book and allowing the ideas and imagery to speak to my soul. With a recent move to a new state underway, I am rethinking what home means to me and my family.
Ashley Wiersma
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Used this as a springboard for time with God in November. Loved, loved.
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an enlightening, fun, quick read! I just loved opening it up!

Nowadays, we see a lot of people using their homes as a stopping place only to recharge before they head back out into their busy lives. But that seems to just leave us feeling lost and uncomfortable.

The authors of Theology of Home do such an excellent job of reminding us how important it is to make our house a home and to really embrace what 'home' means and how it makes us feel.

The book itself is beautifully put
Anna Rose
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful reflections on faith, home and family. I loved it.
Dec 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this reminder that it’s about intent and family rather than a beautifully designed space that makes a home.

I know that I’ll be reaching for this one whenever I’m feeling antsy about my interior design skills.
Joey Moser
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It’s beautiful enough to be a coffee table book but not all fluff. Make me truly think about being intentional in decorating and making our house home!
Cassie Conger
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Absolutely beautiful book great theology and gorgeous photos. Great to put out on your coffee table when finished.
Mar 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book to read while quarantined at home! Really a wonderful and important read for everyone for any time. Highly recommend.
Shelly Weinhold
Feb 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I enjoyed this book as a light morning devotional. The writing was a nice, light reflections on the sacredness of home, and the pictures were nice eye candy. However, I have to agree with some other reviewers that most of the pictures fell short of capturing what the writing was trying to convey. Confession: I borrowed this book from the library because of the cover. I’m obsessed with decorating and interior design and loved how the cover depicted a gorgeous mid-century modern style combined wit ...more
Jul 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, catholic
3.5-4 stars. It's definitely a beautiful book, and I enjoy the concepts discussed here- for us, it's important to raise our family being properly catechized instead of phoning it in, like so many of my generation.

That said, this definitely plays into the upper middle class Pottery Barn Catholicism ideal that's currently all over the place. The homes photographed, while beautiful, don't necessarily reflect an average home. The essays are well written and overall lovely, and I appreciate the histo
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: catholic-reading
5 stars for the photographs in this coffee table book. 3-4 stars for the writing.

This stunningly beautiful coffee table book features gorgeous photos of (upscale) Catholic homes and families.

Some good thoughts and inspirations about the importance of homes/homemaking, but the jumbled and mismatched authors' voices were highly problematic. It was hard to read straight through. The best experience will come from flipping through the book and just reading the bits of text that strike you.

Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book is part Christian-mom-blog and part coffee table book. I was expecting something that was either meatier in theology or more informative regarding home décor. It's the sort of thing one can find on mommy blogs all over the internet with a nugget of goodness here and there. As a Protestant, I particularly appreciated learning more about where we agree in terms of the significance of the home and where we disagree, such as the Catholic perspective on Mary. Glad I read it, but doubt I wil ...more
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. I was a little afraid it would only cater to Women with children still living at home but the message of this book is for everyone. Tending our homes strengthens our families. This book is not about having the perfectly appointed home but rather about connecting with others. This book is beautiful and has inspired me to fully embrace my role as a homemaker and enjoy the gift it is. Highly recommend. Beautiful photography of real homes and real families.
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: faith, non-fiction
I loved this book. Very relaxing read (with lots of beautiful photos) about the spiritual and nurturing aspects of home. Doing dishes is not my favorite activity, but this book did manage to elevate it as a gift of service for my loved ones. The book is written from a Catholic perspective, so there are some elements non-Catholics may not be familiar with, such as the Eucharist and the role of saints and the Virgin Mary. I highly recommend it.
Oct 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I asked a Facebook group of Catholic moms for suggestions on a book about balancing things at home/having routines. It turns out that this book wasn't about that at all. However, it was a good starting point for someone like me, who doesn't particularly find cleaning to be stress-relieving and isn't great about establishing routines--if only because it reminded me of the WHY behind doing these things and the importance of making a house a home for the people we love and ourselves. ...more
Clare Spelick
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was ok
Well organized, with gorgeous pictures that could be found in any home and garden magazine on the planet, easily. Despite the beauty inherent in a good camera and a good photographer, the book lacks any true meat. If you're wanting to spend a pretty penny for a coffee table book, this is what to look for. As for me, I'm glad I had it ILL'd from my local library prior to purchasing. I don't really see a point in spending nearly forty dollars on any decorative book. ...more
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, beautiful book. From the stunningly designed end papers to the lovely photography and wonderful reflections on the many human, aesthetic, and spiritual aspects of home, this book is truly a delight. Wonderful to see a book for all the senses!
Noah Thomas
Apr 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great read, beautiful photos. Expected more of a how to make a great home, but after a quick read didn't get that but feel much lighter regardless. I do wish there was more offered in where to find tips around homemaking and I say this as a man. Still a great book ...more
Jess Lambert
So beautiful. Definitely a book I will try to read once a year so I can internalize the beautiful message. Home is good and it is more than the 4 walls and the furniture and the decor. Home is where the Church and love abide.
LeeAnn Balbirona
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Catholic theology of the home. Aesthetically pleasing photography of beautiful houses and their families.
Tywana J.
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Very inspirational read...
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
It was not what I was expecting, in a very good way. Less on how and more on the theology behind our homes.
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just beautiful. The photos inspired, the writing and message were both beautiful. It gives you something to aspire to.
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fresh reflection & needed reminder. Will definitely be coming back to this number often. Also helps that the book itself is gorgeously photographed and bound.
Shellie G
Aug 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lovely, beautiful photos, loved the essays. Wished I had been able to purchase this book in my
late 20’s instead of my late 50’s! Purchased one for my
newly married niece!
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