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.