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We all live smack in the middle of beauty and mess. How do we live in this middle ground? In At Home in This Life, Jerusalem Jackson Greer shares how when everything she thought would make her happy came undone, she found a way to live in her completely unbalanced life - by practicing one spiritual discipline at a time, imperfectly.
|Title: At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises|
By: Jerusalem Jackson Greer
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Paraclete Press
|Publication Date: 2017|
Dimensions: 8.75 X 7.00 (inches)
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"You’ll find in these pages an honest friend and life-changing truths. This is my kind of book."
---From the Foreword by Shauna Niequist, author of Present over Perfect
"This is an incarnational book, an embodiment of how God shows up in our right-now lives with steady surprise and everyday richness."
---Sarah Bessey, author of Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
"Jerusalem invites us on the journey she's traveled to transformation, with humility, honesty and humor."
---Mark and Lisa Scandrette, authors of Belonging and Becoming and Free
"A hopeful liturgy of endurance that weaves profound truths with ordinary home-keeping tasks. Jerusalem reminds us that that all is sacred and God is vibrantly alive in our mundane."
---Shannan Martin, author of Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted
"In a world where social media encourages perfection through retouched photos and happy highlights, we need truth tellers like Jerusalem Jackson Greer.At Home in this Life reminds the reader that, though our lives are not perfect, they are still beautiful."
---Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families
"Jerusalem Jackson Greer's story is tonic for what ails us...A comforting but instructive lesson in how to make a home and find peace in the seasons before our dreams come true."
---Christie Purifoy, author of Roots & Sky
"Jerusalem Jackson Greer weaves her own ordinary story with the wisdom of St. Benedict’s rule, and in doing so invites us all into the gifts of stability, service to one another, and as she says, 'cooperation with God in my own transformation.'"
---Micha Boyett, Author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer
"Jerusalem's wit, candor, and love of ancient practices woke up my bones to a renewed sense of wonder at how God is at work around us all the time, in ways big and small."
---Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World and Notes From a Blue Bike
In the midst of beauty and mess, chaos and monotony, celebrations and mourning, Jerusalem Greer tells her story of finding redemption in what is rather than what could be, by practicing the presence of God through rediscovering ancient contemplative teachings and practices (solitude, study, work, prayer, and service) and pairing them with domestic arts (baking, gardening, sewing).
Jerusalem writes with a raw honesty that reassures readers they are not alone in feeling not good enough, not wise enough, not Christian enough to figure out God’s plans.
Jerusalem is active on Facebook and Pinterest and regularly posts on her blog ’Slow Living in a Fast World’ where she records what she calls her "beautymess" attempts at living a sacramental life.
Jerusalem Jackson Greer. Paraclete, $18.99 trade paper (208p) ISBN 978-1-61261-632-2
Minister and speaker Greer (A Homemade Year) ruminates on the changes to her faith and life that came after she and her husband decided to sell their renovated 1940s suburban home and move to the country, where they could spread out, live off the land, and raise their children in a more bucolic setting. The family expected their house to be sold quickly (it had been featured in design magazines), but fickle buyers and a stagnant market left them unable to get rid of the property. Greer stresses that it took her a while to come to terms with the idea that their grand plans might not be timed with Gods will. Gradually the family turned to practicing charity, humility, stability, and faithfulnessrelying solely on God (not their own timing) to set the plan into motion. Instead of looking for the next step all the time, Greer learned to love her current home and developed strategies, such as "fasting" from laundry machines, TV, and multitasking, to bring more calm into daily life. In a gentle, conversational tone, Greer opens up her heart and innermost thoughts to readers. She shares recipes, craft ideas, and farming projects, keeping the tone positive and hopeful. Greers joyful memoir will appeal to families searching for solid ground in a season of patient waiting. (May)
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