Friday, October 12, 2007


I received a wonderful Christmas gift last year from my sister-in-law, Kristin: a book called Treasuring God in Our Traditions, written by Noel Piper, wife of John. The chapters are filled with inspiring ideas for establishing what she calls "everyday" and "especially" traditions that are focused on Christian faith. The book includes lots of examples and stories from the Pipers', poems by John, and even some of their family's favorite recipes.

In one of my favorite quotes, Noel writes, "May our decorations, gifts and festivities--or lack of them--never block our view of Him but always point us toward Him."

After enjoying this book so much, I passed it on to Monica, and hope to read it again sometime this fall. With the holidays quickly approaching, and "everydays" all around us, this is an excellent book to add to your gift lists.


Mom2fur said...

Every year, the first decoration to go up and the last to come down is my manger scene. It is white bisque, and some of the pieces are broken (one of the Kings is missing a hand, for example), but I treasure it. My mom gave it to me, a piece each year until completed.
It is probably my only 'religious' decoration--excluding numerous angels--but it is the most prominent. I display it on my piano.

Trina said...

That is such a wonderful quote. I'm going to be writing that one down in my Christmas planner to help keep me focused. I've almost bought this book several times and I'm sure I will have to soon. You know how it many little time. Blessings,

Tracy said...

I mentioned Noel Piper yesterday! I looked up the book you mentioned on their website and it sounds really great. I've become a big fan of Noel Piper lately.

Susan said...

Will have to check out this book. Sigh, so many books to pick up in December to bring back from US!

mer said...

My friend loaned this book to me last summer and I devoured it! A great read!

Glad you're feeling better, Carrie!


Ewokgirl said...

That sounds like a wonderful book. I'll have to keep an eye out for it.

I'm glad you're feeling better!

Molly said...

Hey, I just read about that book on the Desiring God website the other day and thought it looked good! Thanks for confirming that! Now, I need to go buy it and read it! :)

Niki said...

This books sounds really good. I'll check my library...but maybe it's a good Christmas gift for a daughter...

Jen said...

Thank you for your comment over on my blog. I really enjoy reading yours!!

I love traditions and we have a few that I want to incorporate into our holidays. I am going to have to read this book!


justabeachkat said...

Thanks...that sounds like a great book for a gift.

Hope you're feeling better today??


Anonymous said...

What a wonderful quote! I haven't heard of this book -- sounds like a worthwhile read!

Hope you are feeling better -- Love you, Mom

Joy@Joy in the Journey said...

Oh, I am intrigued by this book...I can't wait to find out more about it.
Hope you are feeling better!

Joyful Days said...

Hey, Carrie! Just wanted to leave you a note to tell you that you were the winner of my book giveaway for Memoirs of a Geisha. If you pop over you can email me your snail mail address and I will get that out to you. My email is in my profile.

Many blessings,


Jthemilker said...

What a profound direction to note. Thank you. I shall be on the look-out for this book in the weeks to come.

thehomespunheart said...

Carrie - I hope I gave this book back to you! I enjoyed reading it! :)