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Christian Home Economics Review by Jennifer GolombiskySuzie Young
Young Ideas Publications
2901 FM Road 920
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 594- 7087
Titus 2:3-5 states "that the aged women... teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home..." The author, Suzie Young, wrote Christian Home Economics with the purpose of fulfilling this command, and she does a truly excellent job!
I am the mother of two boys, but no daughters. So, when I was asked to review Christian Home Economics, I thought it would not necessarily apply to my situation. I assumed that the book would only apply to families teaching their daughters to cook and sew. Little did I know that I was receiving an answer to prayer - for myself!! While it is true that this course is an excellent resource for teenage daughters, I feel that it is equally helpful in the lives of women at any age in their quest for Godly womanhood.
This book, when used by a high school level student, is designed to be a one-semester, one-half credit course. Rather than a how-to course in the art of sewing or cooking, the book offers a way for its readers to learn spiritual principles and practical methods to honor God as wives and mothers.
The units covered in this book are titled: Sobriety, To Love Their Husbands, To Love Their Children, To be Discreet, To be Chaste, and To be Keepers at Home. Each unit thoughtfully reveals Biblical principles and causes the student to actively search out answers in the Scriptures. Additional projects are available at the end of the book to reinforce the topics studied, deepen the student's understanding, and add a "real-life" element to the course.
As I studied each unit myself, I was continually impressed with the way Mrs. Young teaches this course. It could be described as a Bible study in Godly Womanhood, and it could be used as such, but the practical training in each unit makes it even more valuable. For me, the instruction in "To Love Their Children" and "To be Keepers at Home" would be worth the price of the book. I am sure that each student would have their own choice of most valuable units covered. I was also impressed with my retention of the information. Mrs. Young's teaching methods are effective tools to put principles of Scripture into practice as a part of our everyday lives.
Is it your desire to guide your teenage daughter toward a stronger commitment to the Lord? To prepare her for her life of service as a Christian wife and mother of the future? Or, are you like myself, currently serving in these roles without having been trained to do so? If so, Christian Home Economics may be the answer that you have been looking for.