A Homemade Year

March 27th, 2013

A Homemade Year by Jerusalem Jackson Greer

The great thing about being asked to host a blog tour stop for a friend’s spanking new book is that it doesn’t matter if my house is in absolute shambles from back-to-back trips to Florida and Texas, and–who are we kidding, here?–everyday life. I don’t have to scramble around cooking and decorating, fussing and fretting. Just put on a pot of my new favorite tea, snap a photo of some pretty flowers (eyes in the foreground, if you please), and get on with celebrating the wonderful accomplishment that is A Homemade Year.


Considering that my own book has a chapter called D-I-Y Spells DIE, this is no light praise. Jerusalem has done a lovely thing with A Homemade Year: authored a how-you-might book instead of another how-to. I love these words from her introduction:

This book is meant to act as a guide, to encourage, and to teach–but never to induce guilt, to depress, or to intimidate.

Subtitled, “The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming Together,” A Homemade Year is an invitation to bring the Christian calendar home in a personal, hands-on way. I grew up Catholic and go to an Episcopalian church, so you’d think I’d know my way around the liturgical year, but there are feast days in here I’ve never heard of. Michaelmas? Candlemas? Jerusalem suggests pairing the former with pie, and the latter with Nutella crepes, so sign me up.

The recipes and craft ideas, lovely though they seem, are embroidery. The real fabric of this book is woven from Jerusalem’s own meditations on what it means to invite spiritual moments into ordinary life. As Jerusalem puts it,

…to find a way to live life being fully present in the midst of dirty dishes, laundry, and long road trips little bit by little bit.

I like that invitation. To find loveliness–and even holiness–in the midst of the shambles. Maybe with a cup of tea. A vase of pretty flowers. And a really good book.



P.S. Some of you might remember Jerusalem as part of our boot shoot shenanigans!

I have a copy of A Homemade Year for one of you! Leave a comment, and random.org will select a winner next Monday at noon CST.

22 Responses to “A Homemade Year”

  1. mep says:

    Always looking for inspiration to be present in the midst … feel like I often short-change my kids (and self) in misguided attempts to “get everything done” and then really be present and enjoy. Needs to be during not after!

  2. Would love to read the book!

  3. Karen says:

    Looks like a lovely book.

  4. Patty says:

    I love seasonal books that help me be mindful throughout the year and enjoy the “now”!

  5. Emily Musick says:

    This looks like a great book! Would love a copy 🙂

  6. Crystal Long says:

    I know one of the people featured on the cover of Jerusalem’s book! One of her friends is a good friend of mine, as well. From everything I’m hearing and reading, this is going to be an excellent read!

  7. Karie says:

    Would love this book. It sounds lovely.

  8. Tina says:

    Thank you so much for sharing that, it looks great–a wonderful way to include my kids in being more aware of the Church’s seasonal calendar (since we don’t go to a more traditional church, its not brought home weekly, and I’m feeling the need to correct that). Its on my “To Read” board on pinterest. 🙂

    • Kyran says:

      Congratulations, Tina, on being lucky commenter #8! Please email me with your postal address, and I’ll get the book out to you!

  9. julie says:

    With small children this might be just be the book that helps me keep my eyes on the important stuff. Thanks for the chance.

  10. Lindsay says:

    I’m in. Sounds like a good read. Thanks!

  11. Amber says:

    I’ve been {im}patiently waiting for it’s April 1st release on amazon.com! Would love to win a copy!

  12. Jana says:

    …to find a way to live life being fully present in the midst of dirty dishes, laundry, and long road trips little bit by little bit.

    I’ve got more than my share of all of those. Thanks for the feature and the opportunity.

  13. Ashley says:

    Oh this sounds like my kinda book!

  14. Cathy Lane says:

    I love her blog. Looks like such a pretty book.

  15. I saw one of the first copies, and am planning an buying one in person at the the April Wordsworth Event and get it signed. I want to be able to say I knew her when.

  16. Lee Cockrum says:

    This book looks lovely!

  17. joan says:

    Being fully present is tough to do some days, so this would be a great read.

  18. Christy says:

    Looks like a wonderful read.

  19. lomagirl says:

    I like the idea of linking this to the liturgical year- and I don’t know all those days, either!

  20. Gina says:

    Beautiful book. Love love love the inspiration.

  21. auds says:

    being fully present in the midst of dirty dishes is ME!!! would love this book

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