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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. Praise for A Homemade Yea 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 Scrapbooking Your Faith  


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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. Praise for A Homemade Yea 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 Scrapbooking Your Faith  

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

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey

    I just got this in the mail yesterday as a Firstreads copy and it's a beautiful book! I have not read it in it's entirely, and probably will never sit down to read it chapter-to-chapter, but I've read the preface, and flipped through, read bits & pieces, bookmarked, laughed out loud, and been moved to tears. I love the snippets of insight into the author's life, have enjoyed the quotes, will try some of the recipes, and will glean inspiration from the crafts & activities included. My favourite c I just got this in the mail yesterday as a Firstreads copy and it's a beautiful book! I have not read it in it's entirely, and probably will never sit down to read it chapter-to-chapter, but I've read the preface, and flipped through, read bits & pieces, bookmarked, laughed out loud, and been moved to tears. I love the snippets of insight into the author's life, have enjoyed the quotes, will try some of the recipes, and will glean inspiration from the crafts & activities included. My favourite chapter so far has been Chapter 5: Epiphany. As the mother of 2 very active, very lovable little boys, I could relate to so much of what she was saying! I know I won't attempt everything in here... but it's presented nicely, written in a light-hearted encouraging format (without being preachy), and will claim a spot on my go-to bookshelf. It's an enjoyable, easy-to-relate to book - whether you're an experienced mother, crafter, home-maker, cook, or just want somewhere to start or ideas to incorporate into your own family life.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Heather Davis

    I love this book. Almost every single page is dog-earred or highlighted or underlined. I am making plans to make an advent wreath out of Mason jars ... not exactly an idea from the book, but I feel like it will fit my family and help us to celebrate the season better and that's what I've gotten from the book. Celebrate the best way your family knows. LOVE it. I plan on reading and reading and reading it again and again! I love this book. Almost every single page is dog-earred or highlighted or underlined. I am making plans to make an advent wreath out of Mason jars ... not exactly an idea from the book, but I feel like it will fit my family and help us to celebrate the season better and that's what I've gotten from the book. Celebrate the best way your family knows. LOVE it. I plan on reading and reading and reading it again and again!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dawn

    This is a very lovely book! Greer walks us through the liturgical church calendar one season/holiday at a time. For each holiday she explains what it is and then tells a personal story that relates to the theme of the holiday. She then finishes with recipes, crafts, and activities for each holiday. This book covers all Christian holidays in a liturgical year but not all Christian churches celebrate all of these. It was nice to learn about a few of the holidays that my church doesn't celebrate. T This is a very lovely book! Greer walks us through the liturgical church calendar one season/holiday at a time. For each holiday she explains what it is and then tells a personal story that relates to the theme of the holiday. She then finishes with recipes, crafts, and activities for each holiday. This book covers all Christian holidays in a liturgical year but not all Christian churches celebrate all of these. It was nice to learn about a few of the holidays that my church doesn't celebrate. This book is great if you want to teach yourself or your family about the church calendar and find a way to celebrate it. Maybe you don't attend a church that follows the liturgical calendar, and even if you do, this is a way to tie them directly to your everyday life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kathryn

    Although my family is grown, I found this book well presented and full of lovely ideas for the home and celebrations with family and friends. Jerusalem Jackson Greer follows the Christian calendar, many of which I was unfamiliar. There are crafts, words of wisdom, recipes and ways to have fun. Her sharing of her personal life at the beginning of each chapter was very interesting to read. If I don't win this on May 10th I may purchase it as a gift for my daughter. Although my family is grown, I found this book well presented and full of lovely ideas for the home and celebrations with family and friends. Jerusalem Jackson Greer follows the Christian calendar, many of which I was unfamiliar. There are crafts, words of wisdom, recipes and ways to have fun. Her sharing of her personal life at the beginning of each chapter was very interesting to read. If I don't win this on May 10th I may purchase it as a gift for my daughter.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Christy Haig

    Great ideas for marking important dates in the Church year. (and very doable too!) Enjoyed this book. You can refer back to it from time to time for a way to celebrate with your family.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Melissa McAlvey

    This book has some fun ideas for family traditions. I would appreciate more of an explanation of the different religious holidays that some might not be familiar with than the more biographical stories she sprinkles throughout.

  7. 5 out of 5

    LeeAnn Balbirona

    Bright, charming photos. Well-told personal stories. Simple activities and recipes from both tradition and new inspiration. Good selection of feast days for the family new to the liturgical year.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    A lovely look at living liturgically, by recognizing some smaller religious holidays, as well as Advent and Lent. I don't know that I'll make anything from the book but I enjoyed reading about her approach and reflecting on how we could incorporate more of our own traditions into our home. A lovely look at living liturgically, by recognizing some smaller religious holidays, as well as Advent and Lent. I don't know that I'll make anything from the book but I enjoyed reading about her approach and reflecting on how we could incorporate more of our own traditions into our home.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    A great resource for the liturgical year. Essays, crafts, and recipes are included.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lora Jones

    I got this from the library and I expected more of a straight out crafting book. I was looking for ideas and projects to stir my creativity, what I found was way better! I found thoughts that challenged me, made me think, about life, spirituality and acceptance. I am not even half way through this book and I am already wanting to buy it for myself, my sister, my niece and others I am sure I will think of. It cemented and gave voice to something that I had experienced this Christmas Eve. I plan to I got this from the library and I expected more of a straight out crafting book. I was looking for ideas and projects to stir my creativity, what I found was way better! I found thoughts that challenged me, made me think, about life, spirituality and acceptance. I am not even half way through this book and I am already wanting to buy it for myself, my sister, my niece and others I am sure I will think of. It cemented and gave voice to something that I had experienced this Christmas Eve. I plan to write it for my niece as my gift to her. I had witnessed this amazing 20 something on the worship team totally involved in praising her Lord, as I (great aunt) held her brand new 3 week old baby in the pews. She and her husband wanted a child so bad (and it is a miracle they had her) that I was amazed that she could be singing and not stealing a glance at her baby every 5 seconds. But in this book Jerusalem talks about having children and keeping Jesus first. My niece did this and I am SO proud of her. Even with as much as she loves little Daisy (and let me tell you she does), she loves Jesus more. That challenged me, and showed me what it means to be all out for Jesus. I knew Christmas Eve I was inspired, but I didn't know exactly why until I read this book. Plus there is so much good spiritual and crafting content that I can't wait to finish it!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anna

    I had high hopes for this one. It has a great premise, but lacked depth. I like the idea of using crafts and cooking tied to the liturgical calendar throughout the year. I was hoping for more of an explanation of the liturgical year, and that the crafts and recipes would tie to the events. I do think this will be something the author and her family will treasure- having stories from their family. I didn't find it useful to those wanting to "cook, craft, and come together." I had high hopes for this one. It has a great premise, but lacked depth. I like the idea of using crafts and cooking tied to the liturgical calendar throughout the year. I was hoping for more of an explanation of the liturgical year, and that the crafts and recipes would tie to the events. I do think this will be something the author and her family will treasure- having stories from their family. I didn't find it useful to those wanting to "cook, craft, and come together."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Megan

    Don't judge a book by the cover. Or the title. Both were so me. But inside not quite. I felt the stories were choppy and contrived to fit the needs of the food or the craft. She mentions bad times but doesn't expand. The best chapter was about her family and the tornado they survived. But I don't like when people say God was protecting them - that never explains why God doesn't protect others. I was very frustrated that some of the craft projects didn't even have photos. Don't judge a book by the cover. Or the title. Both were so me. But inside not quite. I felt the stories were choppy and contrived to fit the needs of the food or the craft. She mentions bad times but doesn't expand. The best chapter was about her family and the tornado they survived. But I don't like when people say God was protecting them - that never explains why God doesn't protect others. I was very frustrated that some of the craft projects didn't even have photos.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The author was raised Southern Baptist and on her faith journey ended up in a church that follows the liturgical calendar. As she was teaching herself about the liturgical calendar she wrote this book that includes memoirs, crafts, and recipes that she can do with her family. I enjoyed this book because it goes along with my own life as I am learning this. I look forward to incorporating some of this in my life.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Alyson Dickerman

    This was written by a college friend of mine and I am not ashamed to write a glowing review. Not just because she is a friend, but also because this is one of those rare, warm books that combines storytelling with practical, and honestly wonderful, ideas, crafts, and recipes. A perfect book combining faith and family in the humble home.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Vivian

    A complete disappointment (for me). I didn't read the text (of which there was a lot) which might possibly be the only redeeming value of the book. The photographs and ideas did nothing for my own sense of creativity. I wasn't at all inspired. A complete disappointment (for me). I didn't read the text (of which there was a lot) which might possibly be the only redeeming value of the book. The photographs and ideas did nothing for my own sense of creativity. I wasn't at all inspired.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    While I don't think I'll ever really do any of the projects in the book because I'm not really the crafty sort, I thoroughly enjoyed Greer's musings that introduced each chapter. They were like mini devotions, and I will be re-reading them. While I don't think I'll ever really do any of the projects in the book because I'm not really the crafty sort, I thoroughly enjoyed Greer's musings that introduced each chapter. They were like mini devotions, and I will be re-reading them.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cara Meredith

    While I loved her essays beforehand, the recipes and craft projects were mediocre (and perhaps just not my taste and style). I likely won't be implementing the latter any time soon. While I loved her essays beforehand, the recipes and craft projects were mediocre (and perhaps just not my taste and style). I likely won't be implementing the latter any time soon.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Weaver

    I cannot express how much I LOVE this book! Greer's essays are exquisite and honest. The idea of adapting the liturgical year even when you're not Catholic is so appealing to me. I cannot express how much I LOVE this book! Greer's essays are exquisite and honest. The idea of adapting the liturgical year even when you're not Catholic is so appealing to me.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    This is a combination biography-devotional-craft-cookbook. Written by a Christian woman. She also has her own blog, I think it is called, A Homemade Year. I want my own copy of this book.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Personal reflection and activities around liturgical days

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Recommended by Ashley Ann Campbell (Under the Sycamore)

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy Gordy Simpson

  24. 4 out of 5

    Becky Page

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  26. 4 out of 5

    Deb Gruner

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christie

  28. 5 out of 5

    Joy

  29. 4 out of 5

    Angi

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ellen

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