Wednesday, December 14, 2005

"The Spirit of Loveliness"

Next book on my "favorites" shelf:
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The Spirit of Loveliness, Bringing Beauty, Creativity, and Order to Your Life by Emilie Barnes.

First, I love Emilie Barnes. To me, she is the epitome of a a Proverbs 31 woman - full of grace, compassion, fruitfulness and love. If you haven't had the pleasure of reading her work, please give her 5 minutes of your time. She has written several books. They are sure to bless you!

From the inside flap of the book:
A gracious and welcoming home...
A warm and caring heart...
A serene and joyful spirit...
An unique and unforgettable sense of style...

Whatever is lovely...think about such things. - Philippians 4:8

The contents are as follows:

The Spirit of Welcome
The Spirit of Creativity
The Spirit of Femininity
The Spirit of the Garden
The Spirit of the Kitchen
The Spirit of Stillness
The Spirit of Godliness
The Spirit of Hospitality
The Spirit of Celebration

This book does not leave you feeling defeated (ie: "I can never achieve those things"). Instead, it boosts your spirit. It is encouraging. It sparks your emotions, your character traits, your gifts...your passion! Ms. Barnes is a master at reminding women that the spirit of loveliness is already there - ready to be nurtured.

I am blessed to have met Ms. Barnes while living in California. She was doing a book signing at a Christian bookstore. At the time, I was a young mother to 4 very young children. I was hungry for guidance and support. Her writings provided some of that comfort.
Like a wise woman, who can just "tell" what is needed without asking, she wrote -
"To Kimberly, You are rich in blessings. Polish them and enjoy their loveliness. For His glory, Emilie"

It has been 6 years since that book signing and her words mean even more now. Words that are honest and from Him have a way of standing the test of time.



Anonymous kkt said...

oooh i *love* emilie barnes! she's so... classy! that is so cool that you were able to meet her.

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