A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together

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This gorgeously-designed book is a guide to celebrating the rhythm of life’s calendar of events, as well as the Christian liturgical year, focusing on God’s love in our lives. Greer weaves her own faith story with original recipes, crafts and entertaining ideas, creating a vibrant, personal narrative that is a modern take on timeless traditions.

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Overview

This gorgeously-designed book is a guide to celebrating the rhythm of life’s calendar of events, as well as the Christian liturgical year, focusing on God’s love in our lives. Greer weaves her own faith story with original recipes, crafts and entertaining ideas, creating a vibrant, personal narrative that is a modern take on timeless traditions.

Praise for A Homemade Year

 

“This energetic book is as useful as it is comforting. Christian formation begins in the home and A Homemade Year gives us ways and means of accomplishing that with joy, holiness, and a healthy portion of just plain, old-fashioned fun.”

 —Phyllis Tickle, author of The Divine Hours

 

"I began reading A Homemade Year one afternoon when I had no fewer than a thousand things going on in my house. Almost immediately, I was drawn into Jerusalem Greer's beautiful writing and became fascinated with her journey through an entire year of liturgical celebrations—-some of which (Advent, Epiphany) I celebrate in my own home, but some of which I never knew about before. Two hours later, I was still reading, happily resigned to letting my plans for the day slide. Jerusalem so clearly conveys the significance and beauty of liturgical tradition, and her celebration-specific recipes and crafts are sweet and meaningful, while at the same time completely "do-able" for everyone. This book is an absolute treasure. I want to share it with everyone I know!"
-Ree Drummond, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Pioneer Woman Cooks

 

 

“Like many moms, I’m longing to create a sense of rhythm and tradition in our lives and our home, and this sweet book gives many imaginative, practical places to start.” 

Shauna Niequist, author of Bittersweet and Cold Tangerines

 

“With waffle crumbs and bacon drippings and brown sugar crystals, Jerusalem Jackson Greer leaves a Hansel and Gretel-like path to follow as we travel through the seasons of the liturgical year. A Homemade Year gives families a wonderful sensory way to share and experience the Christian story at home. I was charmed and moved by this book.” 

—Sybil MacBeth, author of Praying in Color and Praying in Color for Kids

 

“In a world that struggles to slow down and stay focused on what’s really important, A Homemade Year gives you new vision to do just that. I can’t wait to get started myself!”

—Courtney Walsh, New York Times bestselling author of A Sweethaven Summer and

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Editorial Reviews

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Greer, a blogger, has found another church -- in her home. She understands soundly that church doesn't end on Sundays at noon; serving others happens, not just at homeless shelters, but at home where "biscuits and jelly are simple everyday reminders ... of the Eucharist." Greer, a Southern Baptist preacher's kid, came late to the concepts of the church year and of liturgy, but she has respectfully folded those traditions into her down-home life. She marries the calendar year with the church year: the four seasons comprise holy days, beginning with winter's Advent and going through autumn's Michaelmas; each season carries a theme, such as hope for spring and joy for summer. Greer offers patterns for simple crafts such as "grateful" mobiles and carpenter aprons, and she presents recipes, like Sawdust Lasagna for St. Joseph's Day. She plaits decorating and food-preparing with wordsmithing: her revealing essays describe growing up poor in Alaska and Arkansas, nestling within families, and juggling songs of praise with cries for help. Her words and works inspire. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612610672
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 957,664
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerusalem Jackson Greer lives in an old house with her husband, their two boys, and a host of friendly critters. She fancies herself a farm-girl living in the city and she likes to rescue furniture off the side of the road. You can find her blogging, most days, at www.jerusalemgreer.com.

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  • Posted May 16, 2013

    This book is so relaxing! No pressure of perfection - just lots

    This book is so relaxing! No pressure of perfection - just lots of ideas of how to make celebrating the seasons creative & fun. Jerusalem's stories of the messiness of everyday life balance the quirky takes on crafts and recipes to highlight a variety of liturgical holidays. I don't have kids, but even as a single I can think of tons of ways to use these activities when gathering with friends, in a church setting, or with family. This isn't a how-to-have-a-perfect-family type book, it's a laid back resource of celebration. Buy it for the stories. Buy it for the crafts (and know you don't have to do them all). Buy it for the recipes. It's whatever you want to make of it & I have a feeling I'll be coming back to it again and again.

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