Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: My Home Can Be a Holy Place by Kristen M. Oaks

My Home Can Be a Holy Place, by Kristen M. Oaks; Illustrated by Dan Burr
2015, 32p, LDS Children's Non-Fiction
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from publisher for an honest review

Lily is a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place.

Through Lily's story, told by Kristen M. Oaks and illustrated by award-winning Latter-day Saint artist Dan Burr, we are invited into Lily's home to share time with her family.

Children will love seeing how Lily and the other children contribute to the spiritual environment of their home through their everyday activities. We seem them praying, working together, eating dinner as a family, reading the scriptures, counseling together to make good decisions, participating in family home evening, sharing the gospel with friends and family, and learning to love one another. They love the Lord and feel His Spirit in their home.

This delightful book shows readers of every age how homes can becomes holy places in which children grow up in the Lord.

The website www.HomeCanBeAHolyPlace.com is designed to be a living document. It develops the themes introduced in the book and is enriched by contributions from reader to reinforce teachings, expand ideas, and inspire children and parents to make their home a holy place.

This is a fantastic book that shows the different aspects of family life. We follow a young girl, Lily, as she shares ways her family is living the gospel in her home. These include praying, celebrating, working, scripture reading, receiving blessings, eating together, making good decisions, unplugging from the world, honoring the Sabbath, holding Family Home Evening, gathering with friends, showing love towards each other and looking to the temple.

I loved the illustrations! They help bring the story to life. I also enjoyed the scriptures and quotes from General Authorities that were included throughout the book. This is a book that families can enjoy reading together and will spark discussion on ways to strengthen homes and families. 

I also enjoyed visiting the website and reading the ways that others have expanded on these topics, including the unique dinner schedule, Family Home Evening ideas, family motto and making Christ the center of our homes. There's more, too, and it's just getting started! I love to hear what others are doing and am grateful when they're willing to share so that I can implement their great ideas in my own home. This is a book and website definitely worth checking out!

About the Author
Kristen McMain Oaks has spent much of her life teaching. She earned a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in special education (both from the University of Utah), and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University. She was a former educational consultant in the publishing industry, instructing teachers and supervisors both nationally and internationally. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at BYU and served a full-time mission to Japan. After marrying Elder Dallin H. Oaks, she taught and trained auxiliaries in the Philippines for two years while he served as Area President. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Deseret International Foundation and the Primary Children's Hospital and recently authored the book, A Single Voice. In addition to her love of teaching, she loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband reside in Utah.

About the Illustrator
DAN BURR, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children's books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.


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