Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Heart & Home by Victoria Duerstock

Posted May 23, 2019 by Carrie in Christian, giveaway, nonfiction, Victoria Duerstock / 17 Comments


about the book

GENRE: Devotional / Design
PUBLISHER: Abingdon
RELEASE DATE: April 16, 2019
PAGES: 192

Our home and its design can encourage spiritual growth in our hearts.

Heart and Home is a short devotional book with daily devotions for 90 days. The devotionals seek to draw clear connection between the basics of interior design and scripture that encourages spiritual growth within our hearts. The devotionals inspire women to have a captivating heart and home. Included in each devotional is an applicable design tip and photographs. Example devotional topics include unity and harmony, negative space, flow, focal point, and balance.

This devotional includes four-color photographs of home interiors throughout the book.

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I love this little book! It’s packed full of beautiful full-color photos, many of which perfectly match the design style I prefer. Each day’s devotional also ties in a spiritual life application to a design concept, accompanied by a helpful design tip and a bible verse.

For the design challenged among us (I’m looking at you, self) the concepts are still easily accessible and applicable and you’ll want to file away all those wonderful tips and photos for future use/inspiration. The spiritual application is simple, delivered in short snippets perfect for a few moments over your morning jolt of caffeine, but profound at the same time – covering topics such as focal point, balance, hygge, clutter, etc. Everything has an application to design as well as our own lives, hearts, souls, and/or minds.

Bottom Line: If you’re a fan of HGTV, or you know someone who is, this is the perfect little devotional book for you! Meaningful devotions, handy design tips, and beautiful photos make every page a delight – definitely a book worth keeping out on the coffee table and referring to again and again.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 5 stars / love it!

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coming this fall…

As a writer, teacher, and speaker with a busy work and family life, Victoria Duerstock understands that all the tasks of the holiday season can make it easy to forget the true joy that Christmas can bring. In Heart & Home for Christmas, Duerstock brings her mission to inspire hope for God’s purpose, and her 20 years of experience in the furniture and design industry together, connecting Scripture with design elements and easy decorating tips in a way that reflects the true spirit of Christmas. The devotions and holiday decorating tips will encourage spiritual growth and inspiration to have both a captivating heart and home at Christmas.

Click here to view a sample of the book.

Releases September 17, 2019

For more information about the series and for more links to purchase, visit https://www.abingdonpress.com/victoriaduerstock.

about the author

Victoria Duerstock is a writer, blogger, teacher, and speaker. Her mission is to inspire hope and ignite bigger dreams for God’s purpose in each of our stories. She has a master’s degree in music, but ended up working in the furniture industry for more than twenty years and loves to make connections between our home environments and our spiritual lives. Victoria writes at Encouraging Women Today, Everything’s Gravy, Creative Corner, and Serious Writer Academy and also has contributed to devotionals for Worthy. She lives in Nesbit, Mississippi, with her husband, and they have three children.

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What about you? What sort of design style do you prefer? I’m a farmhouse cottage (with a bit of industrial thrown in) kind of gal, though you can’t tell by looking at my house lol

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17 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Heart & Home by Victoria Duerstock

  1. I met Victoria at the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference in March…great workshop presenter! My daughter is an interior designer, and I planned to get a copy of this for her. Thank you for reminding me this book released! Life has been a little crazy here, so this fell off my radar.

  2. Janice Moore

    This book sounds appealing; my home could use some interior design improvement and the related Bible study insights would be welcome, too!

  3. Danielle Hammelef

    I enjoy books like this that help me make my home my happy place, after all, I spend most of my time there.

  4. Rachel Taylor

    I don’t know a lot about interior design but this seems to be the place to start. I do like having a bit of a rustic look.

  5. Ellie

    I love this type of book! I love decorating, but need ideas. I just added it to my TBR list.

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