No, I don't have a large family, but I'm always on the look out for tips to help me run my home more efficiently. I pretty much stink at cleaning--there! Got that off my chest right away! So, having read her blog over the years, I thought I'd give Kim Brenneman's book Large Family Logistics: The Art and Science of Managing a Large Family a look-over.
Well, had I realized that Vision Forum had PUBLISHED it, instead of just promoting it, I might have thought twice. There is a serious flaw with this book that a "real" publisher would not have ignored : plagiarism. BLATANT plagiarism. Now, Kim herself, may not have the type of educational background that would make this obvious to her, but Vision Forum's lawyers should have done better due diligence. This book's housekeeping section is almost taken word-for-word straight from The Fly Lady. (Glad there are people on Amazon speaking up about this!). Had she turned this in as a college essay or paper she would have faced being expelled! (Note to Vision Forum: there is software that will check for problems like this.)
Other than that..... Ok, so it's FLY LADY with a huge homeschooling family mixed into it all. What tips are we given to make our lives so much easier? Nothing new. So, I started comparing her advice with that other well-known HUGE family, the Duggars! (I had hoped to review this in a single review with their new book, but it didn't work out).
Kim suggests buying meat on the hoof, gardening and joining a CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] for produce. Good ideas. Much better food than frozen burritos and canned fruit drowning in corn syrup. Like Jim-Bob, Kim suggests negotiating--in her case bulk purchases thru your grocery store manager. Good idea. Like the Duggars, Kim believes a family should have fun as well as chores. Two things she promotes are Tea Parties and Reading Aloud. Both are nice ideas. On the whole though, it seems children in her world (like the Duggars) are to be doing chores. What struck me about this book was the emphasis on CONTROL--and I do mean in capital letters. Her list of rules for going into a store has 16 bullet points!!!!!!!! You get the idea.
The final flaws with this book are the style and format of the book. This is a self-published book in all but name. The 47 (yes 4-7) so-called "chapters" are barely more than a few paragraphs. Then there are 3 appendices! The book is ridiculously large, too. Now, had Vision Forum made it a binder with spaces to create your own
Overall verdict: Maybe 2 stars. If you are totally new to any kind of housekeeping or suddenly find yourself expecting sextuplets this would be a good starting place. If not, save the money and read FLY LADY.