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Christian Parenting

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The Creative Christian Home
Sparks
1974

As I was looking at this book, I was trying to decide how creativity fit into this Christian parenting guide. There is nothing particularly “wrong” with this book, I just don’t think it particularly creative or helpful.  The Christian aspect was more about peppering general advice with a bit of scripture.

Caveat: I am a bit biased against parenting books since all they did was make me feel inadequate. They remind me of those passive aggressive “helpful” moms, and sometimes dads, that point out all the things I am doing wrong. This includes, but is not limited to, issues of breastfeeding, naps, raisins as a snack, dairy, no dairy, diapers, television habits, church attendance, lack of church attendance, reading habits (btw, I really resented that one!) and other ridiculous unsolicited advice. (Let’s call it parent-splaining.)

I am so glad to be retired from parenting.

Mary

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A Real Woman is a Pretty Woman

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Discovering a Lovelier You
Craig
1974

If you remember, we have featured a few of these books (because one book just wouldn’t be enough to fix what is wrong with women). Remember how to figure out your man? Or how about finding fulfillment as a woman through crafts?

Today’s selection is about making yourself as pretty as possible. Those crazy women libbers want you to be ugly. There is a bunch of self-esteem messages along with all the beauty tips. Throughout the book, the author advises  that those women libber types don’t know what they are talking about. Every woman wants to look her best!

Who doesn’t want to sit in front of the mirror doing facial exercises to achieve feminine fulfillment?

Mary

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Clay Craft Cuteness

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The Sculpey Way
with Polymer Clay
Hot Off The Press, Inc.
2002, 2006

I was updating some of my craft materials, and fell upon this lovely item, which went out exactly 3 times since it was purchased. My guess is it was a request purchase for someone and it died on the shelf quite a while ago. I also was surprised that this book wasn’t older. The crafts look a bit dated to me.

I have no doubt that there is skill involved with creating these objects and that there are people that would enjoy this book, but I am not one of them.  All I can think about is that person who likes this kind of stuff making tons of it and displaying it around their house. My next thought is that too many of these little objets d’art means too much dusting.

Personal comment that has nothing to do with this book’s suitability for libraries: hats in the bathtub is just wrong, and let’s just say no to creepy eyes and feathers.

Mary

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