Sep 15, 2015

My Home Can Be a Holy Place w/ Jenny Oaks Baker CD Giveaway

A review copy was provided

by Kristen M. Oaks
illustrated by Dan Burr
Separate music CD by Jenny Oaks Baker 
was inspired by the book

About the Book
Lily is a young girl who is helping to make her home a holy place.

Through Lily's story, told by Kristen M. Oaks and illustrated by award-winning Latter-day Saint artist Dan Burr, we are invited into Lily's home to share time with her family.

Children will love seeing how Lily and the other children contribute to the spiritual environment of their home through their everyday activities. We seem them praying, working together, eating dinner as a family, reading the scriptures, counseling together to make good decisions, participating in family home evening, sharing the gospel with friends and family, and learning to love one another. They love the Lord and feel His Spirit in their home.

This delightful book shows readers of every age how homes can becomes holy places in which children grow up in the Lord.

Excerpt Pages

About the Music CD
From one of the world's premier violinists comes a new collection of beautiful songs celebrating family and motherhood. The album features classic hymns, such as "Love at Home" and "I Am a Child of God," stunning classical arrangements, including Brahms's "Cradle Song," and beloved children's tunes.

Track list:
* Love at Home
* Jesus Once Was a Little Child
* Songs My Mother Taught Me
* I Feel My Savior's Love
* Brahms's Cradle Song
* I Am a Child of God
* Love Is Spoken Here

The gorgeous track "Love Is Spoken Here" features Jenny performing with all four of her children, ages eleven and younger.

My Review
The book is beautifully put together as you can see and the music is exquisite! 
Each bring a peace to your home and a tenderness to your heart!

The theme behind both is that you too can have a holy home if you follow some sound principles.

From the book you learn that in order to have a holy home you need a home:
 of prayer
where we celebrate traditions 
where we work together
where we love the scriptures
blessed by priesthood power
where we eat meals together
of faith
an a little more--

Through ideas, scriptures, and thoughts from Church leaders this book gives you a multitude of ideas on how to make your home a holy place.

I LOVE that a CD was created with inspiration from the book! What a GREAT IDEA! It is so beautiful and calming--

This book and/or CD would make a GREAT gift for your family or a family you cherish! Feel the love in your home by making it a holy place.

Deseret Book has graciously offered the
as a GIVEAWAY for one of my followers :)
(USA address only please)

About the Author
Kristen McMain Oaks has spent much of her life teaching. She earned a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in special education (both from the University of Utah), and a doctorate degree in curriculum and instruction from Brigham Young University. She was a former educational consultant in the publishing industry, instructing teachers and supervisors both nationally and internationally. She was also a Visiting Assistant Professor at BYU and served a full-time mission to Japan. After marrying Elder Dallin H. Oaks, she taught and trained auxiliaries in the Philippines for two years while he served as Area President. She currently serves on the board of trustees of the Deseret International Foundation and the Primary Children's Hospital and recently authored the book, A Single Voice. In addition to her love of teaching, she loves being a wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband reside in Utah.

About the Illustrator
DAN BURR, an award-winning illustrator, earned a bachelor of fine arts degree from Utah State University and a master's degree in illustration from Syracuse University. He and his wife, Patti, are the parents of two children and live in Tetonia, Idaho. Dan has illustrated many children's books, including The Miracle of the Wooden Shoes, I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day, The Mansion, and The Christmas Train.

About the Musician
Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America's most accomplished violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor's degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

She has released twelve albums since 1998. They consistently chart on Billboard, including the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. Her album Wish Upon a Star earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Jenny Oaks Baker has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jenny performed as a first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra for seven years before resigning to devote more time to her young family. Jenny and her husband Matthew have four children.

Special Note
The website is designed to be a living document. It develops the themes introduced in the book and is enriched by contributions from reader to reinforce teachings, expand ideas, and inspire children and parents to make their home a holy place.



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