Radical Homemakers

Every once in a while you stumble upon a book, or film, or piece of art that just completely stops you in your tracks. It speaks to you in such a way that makes you feel completely validated in where you are at in your life, and gives you that little push of courage to keep going. That you are on the right track. 
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Shannon Hayes' book, "Radical Homemakers" is just such a book.

I haven't read a book in a long time (perhaps ever...) that spoke to me SO much. I had to be careful reading it at coffee shops because it meant so much to me to have my life choices and priorities validated that I would actually start to tear up. 

I read it slowly because I felt like finishing it would mean saying goodbye to a wonderful chapter in a relationship with a good friend. But, I keep it on a shelf in my room that is easy to access and reread sections of it whenever I am feeling discouraged or doubting my life choices.

"Radical Homemakers" is about people like me. And you. And any of those of us who are striving to find a different way of living. A way that doesn't involve going to a job you hate from 9-5 to pay for a house you are rarely in and two cars you don't own.

It's about those of us who want to tread lightly on the planet, raise our children to love love over competition and fierce independence, and who are changing the world one home-canned good at a time. 

Or at least we are trying. 

This book redefines the meaning of "homemaker" in its historical context, reclaiming it for good. Haye's interviews "homemakers" who are young, old, married, single, divorced, religious, non-religious, and everything in-between. She relays their stories and what they are doing and why. It looks different for each and every story.

But Hayes unites the common threads.

I highly recommend this book. Even if your life goals aren't to master canning or sewing (I can't sew to save my life) this book is about so much more than that. It's about becoming aware of the choices we make and how they affect so much more than just ourselves, and even our families. Hayes speaks to our whole culture  in a way that encourages reflection and as well as action. 

Learn more about Radical Homemakers here.

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Feeling lucky? Enter to win your own copy of RADICAL HOMEMAKERS below! (A big thank you to Shannon Hayes herself for provided a copy of her masterpiece to one lucky reader!)


  1. Thank you so much for writing the review! I guess maybe you have mentioned the book before, or maybe it was on "revolution from home", but I'd seen it and wanted to get it, but wasn't necessarily excited about it. But after reading your review, I'm excited to read it!!!

  2. I've been meaning to read this for MONTHS! I would love a copy!

  3. I'd love to read this! It's been on my list for a while now.

  4. I would love to win this book because I could use a little validation right now! I'm feeling like I'm not getting everything accomplished that I would like and wondering if I'm doing things "right." It's difficult when I constantly feel the need to justify my actions, beliefs, and way of doing things to members of my extended family...

  5. thanks -- i just found your blog. i totally want to be a radical homemaker. thanks for the chance.

  6. I would love to own a copy for myself. I got the book out from the library last year.

  7. I too deeply resonate with Shannon Hayes' message and life philosophy. This is such a great give-away! I'm crossing my fingers :)

  8. Because I have been teetering on the edge of this shift for a long time, and need to just take the plunge already.

  9. I've been slowly moving away from the over processed consumer world and moving towards a better quality of life that I believe God intended for us to have.

  10. I need some help and new insight as we get away from the mainstream and typical consumerism. Crossing my fingers!


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