Note: This book review originally appeared on my old site, leahatha.com and was published on January 25, 2012.
I purchased this book from Ligonier for my own edification and chose to review it for those of you who may be interested in purchasing a copy for yourself. As with any book on Christian topics, always weigh it against the word of God.
For those of you who are not familiar with the author, Denise Sproul was the wife of R.C. Sproul, Jr. and mother of eight (living) and three (miscarried) children. She passed away in December of 2011 after a long battle with cancer. In Tending Your Garden: Wisdom for Keepers at Home Mrs. Sproul offers sound, biblical advice on a variety of topics related to those of us who are keepers at home. Working moms and ladies who are married without children, this book is for you, too.
Mrs. Sproul uses the analogy of garden tending throughout each section of essays. There are six sections to this brief but chock full of wisdom book. The sections are: Tending Your Garden, Support and Submit, Sanctification in Child Rearing, Diligence, Protection and Peace, The Fruit of the Spirit. Tending Your Garden sets up the gardening analogy and gives an overview of the home as the Christian woman’s focus. Support and Submit covers the importance of submission in the Christian marriage. Sanctification in Child Rearing addresses our own sanctification as we seek to raise our children. Diligence covers the importance of work and the discipline required to complete it. Protection and Peace covers our role as wives and mothers to keep the peace at home and to protect our children from harm. Finally, the Fruit of the Spirit discusses how we should seek godliness for ourselves and our children.
My brief descriptions of these six sections do not do this book justice. It is a little gem with just the right amount of a kick in the seat of the pants, mixed with the wise wisdom of a Titus 2 woman who is ahead on the journey of tending her garden, and knows what she’s talking about. As Mrs. Sproul writes in her book, “We all can have blinders on at times and faithful is the friend who helps us remove them”(120).