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Review: Living on His Income: Rembrances and Advice for the Christian Housewife by Mrs. Sharon White

on March 23, 2016

living_zpsov46j902 About the Book:

Teaching on the Christian home is needed more now than ever for housewives. . . Here you will find brief examples of 5 housewives over 3 generations from Mrs. White’s family. This includes her mother-in-law and grandmother. . . There are also 9 short chapters of advice and encouragement. These cover such topics as standard of living, the content wife, being dependent on him, and the house account. . . Practical resources are recommended at the end of the book. . . You will be inspired to continue on as a cheerful housewife, knowing your work is just as important as the mission field.

You can purchase your own copy on Amazon.

My Opinion:

You may be wondering why I wanted to read a book about living on a husband’s income since I’m a widow? Well, it’s because I’m still technically living on my husband’s income – in his career he paid into a retirement system and I now get a monthly stipend for each our children and myself. However, I also have taken a part time job to supplement that benefit. That said I also am praying that the Lord will bring another godly husband to me and I can once again be a studious homemaker full time. I’ve read a few of Mrs. White’s other books such as Economy for the Christian Home and Early Morning Revival, this book while short on pages is big on ideas and advice on how to live and be happy living on your husband’s income.

In today’s world we are so caught up in keeping up with the Jones’ that we fail to realize what exactly we are supposed to be doing – that isn’t to be buying the newest gadget – but to bring glory to God. This isn’t a workbook but more of a guidebook, Mrs. White shares short stories of her Grandma, her Great Aunt, her mom, her mother-in-law and herself and how, through the generations these women of faith learned to live on what their husband’s brought home and be happy about it, even when it meant meager living or what we’d see as poverty today. I like her advice on setting up a house account, although I do track our monthly expenses because the heating bill or water bill fluctuates month to month and I like to see by how much.

One thing I’ve become more aware of is our eating out, just by looking back in my check register we ate out way too much in February – that was because we had a lot going on and I’m trying to get better at preparing ahead of time, I’d rather have money in the bank or be able to help out a missionary than spending money at restaurants. This is a fantastic little book on how women in Mrs. White’s family lived on their husband’s income and how she too, continues to do so. If you’re thinking of leaving the workforce, cutting back on your hours and wondering how can we live on what he makes or even if you already are at home and trying to be a better steward, this book can help inspire you to be that homemaker.

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