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What if the key to changing your life - and yourself - is already in your hand?
So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised?
Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman's inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too - right down to tackling the dirty dishes.
Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world - no matter how small - will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.
Vendor: Kregel Publications
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Spiritual transformation through every day eventsAugust 20, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I like this book. I like the message and I like Patterson's writing style. I like how she has invited readers along on her own journey of growth. I can tell she shares her heart when she writes.
We might think that we need to go to a special seminar or retreat to see spiritual transformation happen. Patterson shows us that transformation happens in the ordinary stuff of life, the sacred mundane. She reminds us that our success with transformation starts with belief, not behavior. We compare our thoughts and emotions to Scripture. Her explanation of the difference between reading the word and receiving it was enlightening.
Patterson writes, "The mundane is where ministry happens, where worship happens, where transformation happens." (91) I really liked her exploration of hupomone, endurance. It has been one of my favorite words too. I was surprised to read her claim that "God purposely disappoints us." (141) She gave Scripture examples to back that up and explains the process. She helps us see how "trials work worship into our lives." (141) God wants to build faith and trust in us, she says, rather than fulfill our wishes.
I highly recommend this book. It helped me understand how God works in the every day moments of life to transform me spiritually. There is an extensive Small Group Study Guide included in the book. There are personal assignments for six days and then discussion questions for the seventh. This would be a great book to use for a group study or with a trusted friend.
Food for thought: "When Christ is Lord, nothing is secular." (79)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
The Bookish GirlAge: 18-24Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Great encouragementAugust 19, 2017The Bookish GirlAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Do you ever feel like you do the same thing every day? Does life ever feel mundane to you? Do you feel like you just are in going in an endless circle? Do you ever doubt God's plan in your life? Maybe what your ultimate purpose in this life is?
This book is such a blessing for anyone who has had those thoughts. I sometimes feel like my routine is boring, or that I am simply not doing enough. This book taught me to meet God in the humdrum, ordinary moments of every day.
To be honest everyday life can become oh so very boring. Taking care of your family, working, going to school, or even housekeeping can become daunting and seem so overwhelming. Due to how time-consuming cleaning is, you can get depressed and let things slide. We all fall into these traps and loops of existence.
I feel think this would be the perfect book for a mother, who doesn't have a ton of time but still needs encouragement about God's love. I also really think this would be a great book for small groups or a woman's study. The author is brutally honest and has offered such a blessing to her readers. She shares God's word, the biblical objectives and lessons she learned through the Word. This is a story of a journey she took to find God's love, and ultimately find out exactly who she is.
This is a small book at just over 200 pages but feels like it has so many more words. It is jam packed with wonderful verses and life lessons. The perfect book to devour in a day, or savor for weeks at a time.
Disclaimer: This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author and Kregel publishing. All opinions are my own.
JayneAge: 45-54Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Insightful and inspiringJuly 25, 2017JayneAge: 45-54Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5
I love the way this devotional brings Gods word and teachings into our everyday life. Kari shares her personal ups and down of daily living and helps us to see God in the mundane. This book truly stirred my soul and will definitely be re-studied.
This is a very well structured study, loaded with scripture and discussion questions. So grab a group of friends and dive in!