I knew I was going to like this book as soon as I read the title “Holiness For Housewives: And Other Working Women”. Zeller chose to say other, which gave me confidence that he understood that although being a housewife and stay at home mum may not be a paid job, it is WORK. Upon reading the book I realised further in how much detail he did in fact understand. He understood our marriages, our vocation and how obtaining a substantial prayer life is a challenge.
The book had a different tone to the other books I have reviewed recently. It wasn’t a lighthearted ‘chatty’ styled book. It was direct, deep and took the tone of a experienced spiritual director.
This book is perfect if you are feeling exhausted and overwhelmed with your duties. His common sense and practical insights are reassuring and hopeful.
Zeller makes a very clear point of not comparing yourself to others, especially those of a different vocation. Some would lament “if only I was a contemplative nun, then I would have time for prayer!” Instead he gives advice on how you can remain close to God through your vocation, in a way unique to your work. He gives instruction on how to make your life a prayer and find sanctity in the menial daily tasks. Tasks, that from the outside look tedious and even at times feel beneath you, these can be sanctified and done for the love of God.
He goes on to give an example of the Christian monks, who found that the most enjoyable, peaceful times were in their work, in working in the garden or baking bread for example.
You can find this peace too. Perhaps in scrubbing the shower floor or washing those dishes.
About the Author: Mother of 4 beautiful girls and a beautiful boy. Founder of the website and dedicated stay-at-home-mum. "My inspiration for the website was to create a platform for Catholic Mums to be able to connect with each other for support and to facilitate growth. I wanted a safe place to share thoughts on different family issues, with an underlying Catholic value system."