Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Heart & Home for Christmas Celebrating Joy in Your Living Space by Victoria Duerstock

My thoughts:  Again, the Heart & Home book is simply beautiful and just packed with lovely decorating scenes that will help you envision how you can take what you have, or get something to add to what you already have and create a loving, lovely and relaxing home that is welcoming to friends and family.

Victoria Duerstock has created a book that is a true devotional and combined it with her decorating skills and suggestions and tips. You won't feel intimidated by this professional decorator. True, we can't all have homes filled with the lovely furniture and accouterments that are shown, but the tips and sweet presentation help us to realize that it is the loving atmosphere we create that counts and brings the Heart to the Home.

Each daily devotional has a topic and related Scripture. Much of the focus is on the nativity and the age old stories we all know and love. But we are drawn to thoughts about our "Mighty God" (page.55) where the statement, "There is nothing in my life that God's Might cannot conquer" fills one's heart and soul with joy and comfort at this magnificent promise.

And then later in the book we are encouraged to "Bear Each Other's Burdens" and the tip for this page is not about decorating, it is about bearing other's burdens - a widow who needs some help, a person who needs a meal, someone who needs your company and a meal. Encourage! (page 179)

And Ms. Duerstock also addresses being mindful of "The Joy Snatchers." Oh there are so many Joy Snatchers. Let God's love pervade your being and chase the Joy Snatchers.

This makes a lovely book for your own home to place on a table in your living room or on a bedside table in a guest bedroom. It is also a lovely gift for a lady to whom you wish to be a bearer of God's Light and His Joy. May you reap bountifully from your own ownership and the sharing and gifting of these God directed thoughts with others.

About the book: As a writer, teacher, and speaker with a busy work and family life, Victoria Duerstock understands that all the tasks of the holiday season can make it easy to forget the true joy that Christmas can bring.

In Heart & Home for Christmas, Duerstock brings her mission to inspire hope for God's purpose, and her 20 years of experience in the furniture and design industry together, connecting Scripture with design elements and easy decorating tips in a way that reflects the true spirit of Christmas. The devotions and holiday decorating tips will encourage spiritual growth and inspiration to have both a captivating heart and home at Christmas.

About the author: Victoria Duerstock is a writer, blogger, teacher, and speaker. Her mission is to inspire hope and ignite bigger dreams for God’s purpose in each of our stories. She has a master’s degree in music, but ended up working in the furniture industry for more than twenty years and loves to make connections between our home environments and our spiritual lives. Victoria writes at Encouraging Women Today, Everything’s Gravy, Creative Corner, and Serious Writer Academy and also has contributed to devotionals for Worthy. She lives in Nesbit, Mississippi, with her husband, and they have three children.

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DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy to facilitate this review. Opinions are mine, alone and are freely given.

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