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Overview Housewives: learn how you can stay serene and even find God amid the dishes and the diapers! This unique spiritual guide will help you grow holier and more prayerful as you perform the most menial household chores not in spite of those chores, but in the midst of them. Written especially for women in charge of households, Holiness for Housewives will help you better understand and respect your vocation as a housewife and discover in it your own God-given path to sanctity. These pages will show you how to find meaning in even the most boring work; pray in the midst of a bustling household; bear the stress of those long days in which the work never seems to end; develop a greater awareness of God's presence _even amid the diapers and the dirty dishes; learn to rely more on your will and less on emotions when life seems to be an endless round of drudgery; and handle your burdens and sorrows with prayers that are especially fashioned for housewives. Let Holiness for Housewives show you how to find and savor the lasting pleasures that await you in your noble, God-given vocation as a housewife!
Publishers Description Stay serene (and find God) amid the dishes and diapers Written especially for women in charge of households, this book will help you discover a path to sanctity in your vocation as a housewife, show you the meaning of even boring work, help you pray in the midst of turmoil, and much more.
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Studio: Sophia Institute Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.5" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 1997
Publisher Sophia Institute Press
ISBN 0918477476 ISBN13 9780918477477
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More About Hubert Van Zeller & Dom Hubert Van Zeller
Van Zeller was a popular spirtual director and prolific author.
Hubert Van Zeller was born in 1905 and died in 1984.
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I refer back to this all the time! Mar 27, 2008
I can't count the number of times I've referred back to this little book, especially its discussions on finding holiness in the state of life God has given you (no pining to be a nun, or ballerina, or CEO, or SAHM, if you're not called to be one), offering up your daily frustrations as an act of love & growth in holiness, and the great GK Chesterton quote & discussion: "How can it be broad to be one thing to everyone, yet narrow to be everything to one person?"
So many words of wisdom for women of all vocations.
Message Very Relevant for Today's Women Mar 23, 2007
Holiness for Housewives (and other working women) by Dom Hubert Van Zeller was originally published in 1951 under the title "Praying while you Work." This is an updated, abridged version, but its message is just as relevant and perhaps even more needed today as it was fifty years ago. It can be hard to find the spirituality in daily life, to find God amidst the dirty dishes and the laundry and the meals to be cooked.
It is important to think of being a wife and mother as a vocation. God has called us to this life and God will give us the strength to carry out our duties. The most important thing to do in life is God's will. "Apart from the accepted will of God, nothing has lasting reality. So if God wills that you should be bowed over the sink instead of over the pew in your favorite church, then washing dishes is for you, now, the most perfect thing you can possibly do."
Van Zeller acknowledges that there will be times when we will want to escape. "There are times in the life of a wife and mother when almost any other setting is felt to be preferable to hers. . . You may come to feel a loathing for your husband, your children, your home, and your society. You may find that your religion has turned sour on you. You may give up hope of ever finding happiness again . . .you are being given the grace to get the best out of the situation."
Van Zeller emphasizes that we must strive to make all our time holy by offering it to God and by stopping throughout the day to offer brief prayers. Even our leisure time must be a gift to God. We must strive to use our time as He wills us to do so.
One brief section of the book deals with obedience to one's husband, an idea no longer emshrined in wedding vows and one which no doubt most modern women would object to vehemently. Van Zeller maintains that a wife must obey her husband in all things unless what he asks contradicts what God asks. That is an important concept even today. Husbands can never make us do what is wrong. We answer first to God.
The conclusion of the book offers "Prayers for Housewives," a reference of both basic prayers and prayers for special needs. "Holiness for Housewives" is a wonderful little gem of a book, a real reminder that God is in the details of daily living and that if we are living the life God called us to, our sanctity is found there as well.
I want to quote every page! Dec 19, 2006
I've always hated those guilt-tripping "holiness" books that are geared toward some imaginary type of person that the author thinks should exist but I've never encountered. You know, the kind of mom that has endless quiet hours for Scripture reading and daily prayer. If you don't read your Bible for 30 minutes a day and have daily formal devotions, you aren't living up to your calling. Even if your calling includes waking every three hours at night and changing endless diapers and making endless meals and cleaning endless messes. (Don't you know you're supposed to get up at 4:00 am to do it, if the kids are too noisy during the day?!) With a wave of the hand and a "pfft!" I have always dismissed these books or sermons as completely impractical and a burden on the faithful. "God knows what my calling is and I will not feel guilty for not having devotions every single day!"
Well, this book isn't anything like that. Dom Zeller writes as though he has lived in my brain at some point. Every excuse, every rationalization, every resolve, he somehow knows. And yet he writes with such understanding and love, with encouragement and practical advice, that rather than instill guilt, it inspires me to cultivate my interior life.
What he does is he explains the inherent dignity that is motherhood and housewifery, and shows practical ways that I can actually USE the "drudgery" and constant interruptions as occasions for submitting my will to God's. He goes against these false notions of theoretical "holiness" that require one to resemble a hermit, and teaches how to "pray without ceasing" in a way that is actually doable. Best of all he does not impose any one method on all, but gives principles to easily apply to my particular situation. Whereas other authors merely make you feel like giving up before you even start, this book makes you think "Hey, I can do that. I'll start now!"
it's ok Mar 18, 2006
I didn't think that this book was as great as the reviews said it was. It's ok but I was disappointed that it didn't elaborate a little more and thought it could have been more informative.
Best book I've found on this topic Nov 1, 2004
I admit that this book wasn't what I was expecting when I first came across it. But it has turned out to be the richest and wisest book on the vocation of wife and mother that I have read. A mere 63 pages of text, it is not written in a light, chatty style with "dust jacket sound bites" but rather as an experienced spiritual director speaks to a soul, with directness, depth, and understanding. And it's not to be read in one sitting, but each section taken a little at a time to meditate upon and internalize.
It is divided into three sections: 1) Your special vocation as a housewife 2) How to pray amidst your daily duties 3) How to grow holier day by day
and each are further divided into subsections such as "Don't be misled by a false notion of holiness," "Learn the two ways to pray and work," and "Beware of the temptation to run away." Though there are no personal stories such as one might find in a woman's or parenting magazine to chuckle over and say "Oh, yeah I've been in that situation," each topic goes to the deepest parts of what marriage is - a vocation, one's personal way to holiness - and how to let this vocation be one's means of sanctification in a practical way (such as how to respond to the constant interruptions and ruined plans). It helps to give a picture of what holiness truly is instead of some false image of praying in a quiet chapel all day, and practically how to advance in this particular path of sanctification.
I think a some misunderstandings in a previous review do need a response briefly. First, when speaking of religion as consolation, he is warning not to let that be the sole substance of what religion is to a soul. He warns that it not fall into the trap of being either an contrived emotional experience to just along in life, or the other side which is just a dry, routine practice without spiritual depth. Second, a more careful reading would show that after saying one must obey a superior, only two sentences later he states that, "No superior, no husband, can command you to do what is wrong." He certainly isn't advocating blind obedience to go along with something immoral (clear if one reads the text), but rather how obedience, even when it seems unreasonable (NOT immoral) to us, to God, His Church, and even our husbands on occasion (!), can be acts of love and even liberty.
I wish every parish had a spiritual director with as much wisdom as van Zeller.