It's been a while since we did a Book of the Week so we really need a lot of bang for our buck. Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes was a fascinating read. This book really made me think and look at things differently. Although on the surface it seems like a radical change in the way we approach homemaking, as I got in to the book I realized it actually discusses a radical return to the way homemaking was originally approached prior to the industrial revolution.
I loved how this book didn't glorify independence, but focused on an inter-dependence that we can have within our local community. None of the radical homemakers were able to provide for their every need completely on their own. Instead they would trade what they did have....extra produce, arts, crafts, skills, time, energy, etc.....for the things that they needed that they couldn't provide for themselves. That is where the importance of our community comes in.
But of all the many things that I learned from this book, there is one thing that stood out for me the most.....there was not one "right way" to do it. It is not all or nothing. Every little baby step you take towards a greener lifestyle (or whatever particular goal you have) really does count for something and moves you that much closer to your goal.