Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose

Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose

by Emily T. Wierenga


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For women who have grown up in the tension between third-wave feminism and Martha Stewart, it can be a struggle to define and embrace the meaning of home. There is constant pressure to do things a certain way, and sometimes intense criticism from those who think you're doing it wrong. But what if home isn't really about whether or not you homeschool or have a career? What if it's more about who you are than what you do?

A self-proclaimed "former subversive," Emily T. Wierenga has learned the art of making a home and the joy of settling down. Emily takes readers on an unconventional journey through marriage, miscarriage, foster parenting, and the daily struggle of longing to be known, inviting them into a quest for identity in the midst of life's daily interruptions. Through soul-stirring writing, she helps women understand that homemaking is much more than old-fashioned tradition; rather, it's a timeless art requiring mind, body, and spirit.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801016950
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/08/2015
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Emily T. Wierenga is an award-winning journalist, columnist, artist, author, and blogger at Her work has appeared in many publications, including Relevant, Charisma, Desiring God, The Gospel Coalition, A Deeper Story, Christianity Today, Dayspring's (in)courage, and Focus on the Family. She speaks regularly about her journey with anorexia. She lives in Alberta, Canada, with her husband, Trenton, and their two sons.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Child

1 Homeless 15

2 Work 23

3 Little Spaces 31

4 The Dinner Table 37

Part 2 Wife

5 Dreadlocks 47

6 Broken Doorbells 55

7 Kleenex 61

8 Mountains 69

9 A Love Letter 73

Part 3 Mother

10 Fostering 83

11 Church 91

12 Mum 101

13 Raising Boys 109

14 Flood 117

15 Plastic Flowers 129

Part 4 Woman

16 Stillborn Faith 137

17 Skinny 143

18 Meeting Abba 149

19 Talitha Koum 157

20 Fight with the Devil 161

Part 5 Daughter

21 Losing Madeleine 167

22 A Letter to My Unborn Daughter 173

23 Going Home 177

24 Danny and Sam 185

25 Out of Africa 189

26 Love 199

27 The Lulu Tree 205

28 Home 211

Epilogue 215

Acknowledgments 217

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Making It Home: Finding My Way to Peace, Identity, and Purpose 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Love Them into Being For the past twenty-one years, my designated occupation on our tax forms and all official (and unofficial) documents has been “domestic diva.” Given the flashy title, my house should look a lot better than it does, but my fierce and steadfast focus within that job title has been to raise four young men to love God, each other, and the values we cherish as a family. Therefore, I’ve been occupied, primarily, with the who and the why of making a home much more than the how, what and where. And it shows. In Making It Home, Emily Wierenga asks the question that has played like a steady drum beat in my mind for two decades: “What if home is more about who you are than what you do?” She answers her own question with a brilliant road map, leading to a destination where “home is not the house we live in, but the people whose pictures line the walls.” For Emily, home is the place where she “loves people into being,” so in chapters that are measured off with delicious epigraphs like road signs pointing to truth, Emily traces her journey toward that place of peace and identity and purpose. With two active little boys, a patient husband, and a desperate grasp of the truth that it is God who determines the settings on her compass, Emily chronicles days of doing life and finding Christ to be sufficient in the midst of daily brokenness, generational dysfunction, and an eating disorder that has become so much a part of her story that she mentions it casually, almost like a hairstyle: “I was starving myself when . . .” Although Emily Wierenga is a published author and founder of a nonprofit, she has not larded her memoir with lists of honors, successes, and the names of famous people she meets for lunch. Making It Home includes vignettes of the train wreck collision between cancer and Christmas, the unflattering admission that mothers have temper tantrums too, and the crushing workload that lands on the open-hearted mum who welcomes foster children into an already full life. If is from this continual pouring out and the parched desert of dependency that the power of God is most clearly seen. 10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The Lord will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In.” (Isaiah 58:10-12) These verses from the Old Testament are a timeless reassurance that amidst the Lego obstacle course and the crumbs on the dining room table, in spite of the imperfectly executed birthday parties and the missing library books, mothers are building something important and something that lasts — a path toward home. This book was provided by BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Theophilusfamily More than 1 year ago
Emily Wierenga captured our hearts with "Atlas Girl," her story of going out into unknown places searching for what really mattered. It was on that journey that she found her Abba God, who held her in His hands, whole and holy in His eyes. Now, she's back with another written offering. "Making it Home" is a series of powerful reflections on what means to truly be at home, to receive and give love, and to share your life with others. Emily shares small pieces of her days: conversations with her husband Trent, moments with her growing boys, experiences from her work as a writer. The stories are honest- she describes hard times when nothing goes smoothly and the rough edges of life rub everyone wrong. And they're beautiful stories- she tells us about the times when forgiveness is offered and hope is found and being together as a family is enough. She never takes the "I have arrived, and now I will instruct you" tone. Instead, she writes as a woman surprised, as if she's both startled and saved by the goodness of God. She writes like tenderness and truth must be handled reverently, treasured up to fill you and then poured out on everyone you love. I thank Baker books for providing me a copy "Making it Home" in exchange for a review.
JViola79 More than 1 year ago
This is a transparent & soul-stirring book. Emily reminds us that home is more than the house we live in. It is the very place where God Himself meets our souls and our lives find meaning. I loved this book and was sad to close the book when I got to the last page. This is a must read for every woman.