Church Hair and the Susanna Wesley Book Review


My favorite church picture of Daniel, with his precious cousin. However, this is not Dan’s church hair. I couldn’t find a picture of the church hair. So disappointing.

The countdown is on. Tomorrow is my Teacher Work Day, and the boys go back to school on Tuesday. I still feel behind, but I’m not panicking at the moment.

Why? Because today is Sunday, and Sunday is a peaceful day. I slept in, I went to church, I napped, and I planned this week’s lunch and dinner menus. Easy. Breezy.

This morning, Daniel looked so nice and well groomed. Alan always combs his hair and parts it really sweetly.

We also fixed Dan’s hair that way earlier this week, and Dan’s big brothers laughed at him for having “church hair” in the middle of the week. Haa!


One thing I’m doing to prepare for school is to read inspiring books. This is the first one on my list:

 Susanna Wesley Her Remarkable Life.  

My blogger friend, Julee, from first mentioned Susanna Wesley to me, and that really got me wanting to know more about her. Plus, now that I’m reading less Facebook, I can read more actual books!

Just so you know, I bought this book myself. This is not a sponsored post. However, I am including an Amazon affiliate link for ya, in case you want to read it:


Susanna Wesley was the mother of John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist church, and also the mother of Charles Wesley, who wrote many famous hymns. She had 19 children,  10 of whom lived to adulthood. 

She was an incredible woman, and I’m enjoying learning from her life, though this book.

She also home schooled her children, six very formal hours per day. Here’s a few of her house rules for training children:

1. Subdue self-will in a child and thus work together with God to save his soul.


2. Teach him to pray as soon as he can speak.


3. Give him nothing he cries for and only what is good for him if he asks for it politely.


4. To prevent lying, punish no fault which is freely confessed, but never allow a rebellious, sinful act to go unnoticed.


5. Commend and reward good behavior.


6. Strictly observe all promises  you have made to your child.



I took that from chapter 4, page 41. I’m only on chapter 5, but I’m having a hard time putting this book down!

Are any of you reading anything inspiring? Do share!




    • Well that was weird! Sorry about the o above, it just all wigged out and published one letter. Now that would be a great comment, huh? 🙂 Church hair, that is so cute! My 7 year old wouldn’t let me touch her hair for church yesterday. I just wanted to be on time for once, so we went with a big old rats tail perfectly positioned in the back.
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  • Hmmmm, I may have to check this book out myself…. my toddler is just now coming into her very own unique little attitude, haha.. –
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  • Thanks for the shout out! Mrs. Wesley always leaves me feeling very uncomfortable with myself. I’ve always wondered if she didn’t spend all that prayer time under her apron just sobbing “Lord, help me!” Sorry I’ve been so negligent. Still no internet at our new place so blogging and internet communication in general has been pretty much off my radar. Homeschool Family Camp is in two weeks and the next one is in May. Will you still be around then? Still love your blog whenever I get a chance to read it. Keep it up!
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  • Looks like a beautiful book! I’d be very curious to read it.
    I’m laughing about church hair. Daniel has very straight hair, right? It’s always church hair! Des has very straight hair and even in the middle of humidity, we all look like lions and he just gets a slight wave. Lucky duck.
    In the winter, though? The static makes it stick straight up.
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  • So nice when I hear that some people still “celebrate” our Christian day of rest; so many don’t. The book you are reading looks really interesting, the Wesley’s were an amazing family (if I ever read about Susanna having 19 children, it’s a fact which I had forgotten) and over the years I think I’ve read 2, maybe 3 books about one member of the family or another. I can’t tell you too much about my newest reading endeavor, because I just decided on it today (I have a Christian library which contains somewhere in the range of 1500 books which I’m trying to get through this side of heaven). I can tell you its called “The Eternal Now” and it was written by Paul Tillich, a gentleman born in Prussia in 1886 who immigrated to the USA after being requested to leave Germany when his Religious Socialist views came into conflict with the National Socialism of the ruling party. He ended up as a Professor at Harvard, and on the faculty of the University of Chicago Divinity School. I believe this book was his most famous work and it deals with being in constant contact with God at all times in ones life as opposed to just on certain days, or at certain times, thus, “The Eternal Now”. Anyway, sorry about the length of the comment, I’m a bit of a book nut. I apologize, and the next time I visit, I’ll just say hi.
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