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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Gospel Coalition) Paperback – April 30, 2017
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“Glory in the Ordinary is a needed reminder of the beauty and blessing of work within the home. Courtney Reissig reveals how serving others in small ways builds a lifetime of glorifying God. The simple tasks of cooking a meal, taking out the trash, fixing a car, or washing laundry might seem mundane, but offered to God, these daily tasks have kingdom significance.”
—Melissa Kruger, author, The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood
“Have you ever considered the significance of your work at home? Everyone needs encouragement in his and her work, and in Glory in the Ordinary, Courtney Reissig provides just that. Reissig shares honestly and humbly about the various temptations and struggles of at-home work, reminding us that our work—from cleaning dishes to wiping runny noses—is good and meaningful work, ultimately because it’s meaningful to God.”
—Trillia Newbell, speaker; author, Enjoy; Fear and Faith; and United
“Living in daily life what an author writes in a book is the sure mark of authenticity, and Courtney passes that test well. She invites God into every area of her life, especially her home. I love seeing young women choose the often lonely and thankless road of mommy-land knowing the rewards will come one day, if not from grownup children, from a Father who sees all and is pleased with her sacrifice and service in his name.”
—Barbara Rainey, Cofounder, FamilyLife; author, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife
“From the invigorating depths of theological reflection as well as personal life experience as a stay-at-home mom, Courtney Reissig opens our minds and captures our hearts to the messy grandeur of noncompensatory work. Glory in the Ordinary adeptly maintains gospel-centricity and cultural relevance while making a persuasive case that neighborly love begins in the place we call home. Whether you are presently a stay-at-home mom or your workplace is outside the home, Glory in the Ordinary will help you better connect Sunday to Monday with a more integral, coherent, and seamless gospel faith. This is a book that needed to be written, one I have been waiting for. I highly recommend it.”
—Tom Nelson, author, Work Matters; Senior Pastor, Christ Community Church, Overland Park, Kansas; President, Made to Flourish
“Ordinary is a word that perfectly describes my life and the lives of most women in my church and community. Each day presents a fresh to-do list that looks remarkably like the one from yesterday—and the one from last year: lunches and laundry, dishes and dusting, gardening and grocery shopping. But with warmth and wisdom Courtney Reissig opens our eyes to God’s glory in this ordinary. Exploring questions of identity, community, service, and rest, Reissig sets work in the home in its historic and biblical context and gives meaning to our mundane. Whether your priorities include gleaming windows or PB&J for six, this book will help you to value your work in the home because God himself values it. That dirty floor can wait. Read and be encouraged.”
—Megan Hill, writer; speaker; pastor’s wife; author, Praying Together; contributor, The Gospel Coalition and CT Women; editorial board member, Christianity Today Magazine
“As one who never expected to work in the home, this book is refreshing, gospel-saturated encouragement for all of us who are knee-deep in laundry, childcare, and dishes. Be prepared to see your work in a whole new way: with joy, for the kingdom, and with eternity in view.”
—Christina Fox, writer; speaker; author, A Heart Set Free: A Journey to Hope Through the Psalms of Lament
“I'm thankful Courtney has joined the generations of wise women who build their homes (Prov. 14:1). Her book affirms the dignity and worth of homemaking and homekeeping, even as it reminds us that such work is faithfully loving our closest neighbors: the ones who live under our own roofs.”
—Candice Watters, Cofounder, Boundless.org; author, Get Married: What Women Can Do to Help It Happen
About the Author
Courtney Reissig is a wife, mother, and writer. She has written for numerous Christian publications including the Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and the Her.meneutics blog. She lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with her husband, Daniel, and their three sons.
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The author also encouraged me by saying, "we are simply called to run the race God has placed before us with faithfulness and joy."
There were other aspects that I enjoyed in this book too, but I loved how she ended it with "This work, though mundane, is good work."
I can't speak for anyone else except myself, but sometimes I view my identity as a homeschool mom, or a stay at home mom, or a volunteer of ______, and forget who I am in Christ. It's not a competition-I don't feel that way often, but sometimes I do. My self worth doesn't come from what I do. My actions matter and they do affect those around me. I want to be found faithful one day when I stand before the Lord.
I really liked this book. You might too. I think it will have lasting effects in my life.
I think it’s a great book for men as well, so they can understand the struggle the woman in their life may be going through, that we all have limitations and what an important role they play in the lives of their wives and children.
Thank you so much for writing this book!
While I got through the book, I felt the book started strong then quickly slowed to a crawl - the book isn't difficult to read, but not totally engaging. While only 300 pages long, I found it difficult too want to finish. Also, while I am the target audience for this book (moms who are primarily stay at home but still working outside of the home), I didn't find the book entirely encouraging and occasionally too apologetic. It seemed that the book was engaged in it's own "Mommy War" at times. Overall, I felt the main message was good - all work, no matter how seemingly trivial it is - it valuable. While this book wasn't a great encouragement for me, it may be helpful for others.