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Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life Paperback – November 1, 2016
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"To live in the vision that Warren is offering―to find sacredness in the everyday practices of life―will require that we engage with these and other institutional realities in our midst. The small stuff, the daily habits―yes. And we must allow these small, daily habits to help us reimagine some of the big stuff―otherwise it will just be small enclaves of quotidian mysterylovers within the larger structures that inhibit us from receiving the gift of the ordinary from God's hand and being shaped to seek the good of others in this world." (Kristen Deede Johnson, Comment Magazine, December 1, 2016)
"Warren's message flies in the face of our culture's love of distraction and pursuit of extreme sensation. We would do well to slow down for a bit and hear her out. . . . Liturgy of the Ordinary isn't the first book written in praise of prosaic moments, and Warren's isn't the first voice to counsel slowing down. But Warren admirably explores these themes from both a theological and practical perspective. Her words can help us grasp what my grandfather learned through a lifetime of commonsense faith―and a lot of sweeping: The 'new life into which we're being baptized is lived out in days, hours, and minutes. God is forming us into a new people. And the place of that formation is in the small moments of today.'" (Jamie A. Hughes, Christianity Today, December 2016)
"Sunday liturgy shapes our faith through its mix of prayers, songs, Scriptures, and sermons. We hear from and are shaped by God through these practices. Under Tish Harrison Warren's insightful gaze, our seemingly 'boring' daily routines become a liturgy of their own―calling us to confession and community, Scripture and Sabbath, baptism and embodiment. Some spiritual directors listen for God's invitations in our prayers. Tish discerns God's invitations in our everyday life. She reminds us that God intends to speak, to invite, and to transform us in every situation we find ourselves in. Tish confronts us with the reality that God will not be confined to 1.5 hours on a Sunday. She is the prophet and pastor that our churches desperately need. At least this harried working dad needs her voice. I am approaching the daily routines of housework and homemaking with my wife and kids with newfound expectation and hope." (Gregory Jao, vice president & director of campus engagement, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship)
"Sometimes the difference between drudgery and epiphany is just seeing things from the right angle, a frame that reframes everything, even the mundane. This marvelous little book is that certain slant of light that illuminates the everyday as an arena of sanctification, where the Spirit makes us holy in ways we might miss. You don't need more to do in a day, Warren shows. Instead, reframe the everyday as an extension of worship, and folding the laundry, washing dishes, and even commuting become habitations of the Spirit." (James K. A. Smith, author of Desiring the Kingdom and You Are What You Love)
"This beautiful book will brush the dust from your dingy days and reveal the extraordinary that is to be found in the ordinary. No mundane daily task will be the same once these pages open your eyes to how the work of your hands reflects the ways of the Creator and the rhythms of eternity." (Karen Swallow Prior, author of Booked and Fierce Convictions)
"In this moment in culture, when much feels complicated and shallow, Tish Harrison Warren offers a beautiful and life-giving narrative: a way toward the ordinary sacred. This book is gentle in its simplicity and rich in wisdom. I wish I had read it a decade ago." (Micha Boyett, author of Found)
"If Christianity is to retain its witness in our frenetic and fragmented age, it must take root not only in the thoughts and emotions but also in the daily lives and even bodies of those who call Christ Lord. Tish Harrison Warren has beautifully 'enfleshed' the concepts and doctrines of our faith into quotidian moments, showing how every hour of each day can become an occasion of grace and renewal. If you want to know how faith matters amid messy kitchens, unfinished manuscripts, marital spats, and unmade beds, Liturgy of the Ordinary will train your eyes to see holy beauty all around." (Katelyn Beaty, print managing editor, Christianity Today)
"Tish Harrison Warren is both a priest and a mother who changes poopy diapers. She embodies the high calling of the church and the high calling of the home and in those dual vocations has written a book of tremendous importance. Tish writes with candor, insight, and intelligence about the sacredness of quotidian living. The highest compliment I can offer is that her book inspired me to go back to my dirty sink and my screaming kids with a renewed sense of purpose." (Andrea Palpant Dilley, contributing editor, Christianity Today)
"Tish Harrison Warren shows us what it looks like to be shaped and formed, in a book as down-to-earth and inviting as it is wise. I don't know of any book that's more winsome in commending a life lived in sync with the church calendar." (Wesley Hill, assistant professor of biblical studies, Trinity School for Ministry, Ambridge, Pennsylvania)
"Big gifts often come in small packages―sometimes even a plain cardboard box. Tish Harrison Warren has a talent for unpacking these gifts that God has placed all around us." (Michael Horton, professor of theology, Westminster Seminary California, author of Ordinary)
"With the writer's (and indeed the poet's) gift of slowing down and paying the best kind of attention, Tish Harrison Warren connects the moments of an ordinary day with the extraordinary pattern of classical Christian worship. . . . With its laugh-out-loud moments and moving descriptions of a life lived imperfectly but well, this is a great gift of a book―an ordinary book, in one way, but also not ordinary at all." (Andy Crouch, from the foreword)
"God's life and kingdom surround us on every side. But how do we find this reality and derive our life from God's―like a branch does from the vine? In Liturgy of the Ordinary, Tish Harrison Warren reveals simple, grounded, and beautifully repetitive practices in the small things of our workaday lives and the rhythms of liturgy. Tish gets it. If you let her be your guide, you too will get it: a life in God in your everyday life." (Todd Hunter, bishop, Anglican Church in North America, author of Giving Church Another Chance)
"Liturgy of the Ordinary is a baptism of vision. Tish Harrison Warren warmly and wisely helps us find God in the strangest of places: standing at the sink, sitting in traffic, stooping to make a bed. As it turns out, our everyday habits are imbued with the holy possibility of becoming new people in Christ." (Jen Pollock Michel, author of Teach Us to Want)
About the Author
Tish Harrison Warren writes regularly for The Well, and her writing has also been featured in Her.meneutics, Churchleaders.com, Anglicanpastor.com, Christ and Pop Culture, Art House America, Mere Orthodoxy, Christianity Today, and the White Horse Inn. After seven years in campus ministry with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and UT-Austin, she now works with InterVarsity Women in the Academy and Professions. Warren has a masters in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America, serving at Resurrection South Austin. She and her husband live in Austin and have two young daughters.
Andy Crouch (MDiv, Boston University School of Theology) is executive editor of Christianity Today and the author of books such as Culture Making and Playing God. Andy serves on the governing boards of Fuller Theological Seminary and Equitas Group, a philanthropic organization focused on ending child exploitation in Haiti and Southeast Asia. He is also a senior fellow of International Justice Missions Institute for Biblical Justice. His writing has appeared in Time, the Wall Street Journal and several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. Crouch served as executive producer for the documentary films Where Faith and Culture Meet and Round Trip, as well as the multi-year project This Is Our City, which featured documentary video, reporting and essays about Christians seeking the flourishing of their cities. He also sits on the editorial board for Books & Culture and was editor-in-chief of re:generation quarterly. He also spent ten years as a campus minister with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Harvard University. A classically trained musician who draws on pop, folk, rock, jazz and gospel, Crouch has led musical worship for congregations of five to twenty thousand. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania.
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Warren's writing is accessible for anyone and is certainly not written just for moms - it just happened to hit me in this season. Funny at just the right moments, Liturgy of the Ordinary provides plenty of food-for-thought even for the experienced theologian. (In fact, the foreword is written by Andy Crouch which tells you this book isn't fluff!) My copy is underlined and highlighted to return to again and again. I'll be buying copies for friends this Christmas.
As cheesy as this sounds, I downloaded this book because I felt like God was telling me to. Suddenly, everywhere I turned, one of my friends or another was either reading it or had just finished and was heavily recommending it. As soon as I started reading it, I understood why. I had to stop myself from highlighting the entire book, and during the first several chapters I just cried. I needed these words so much. Especially the waiting in traffic chapter. Going on 15 months of infertility, her words on waiting for God resonated deeply with me.
As someone who struggles with spiritual disciplines, this book taught me I can work in so many of them during my normal routine. Now when I wake, I try to pray and sit in quiet meditation instead of immediately reaching for the phone. When I shower, I remember my baptism and the grace God has extended to me. It's only been a few days, so I haven't got the ball rolling on making my bed yet, but there's hope for the future at very least.
Tish Harrison Warren is an amazing writer, and this much-needed book fills a void. I recommend to all Christian friends, and to all non-Christian friends who consider themselves spiritual or who are interested in learning more about practical faith.
This has been a big year, and in a world that has felt so overwhelming—and that has presented us with questions and challenges that seem even bigger than that—it's so refreshing to find a picture of Christian faith that resides not on the mountaintop but in routine simplicity and a focus on watching, paying attention, and listening closely for the voice of God. This is a wonderful book.
What Warren has written here is in the tradition of Brother Lawrence's practicing the presence of God, St. Ignatius' finding God in all things, and St. Thérèse of Lisieux' "Little Way." Just as St. Benedict sought to require of his monks "nothing harsh or burdensome," Warren's book takes for granted that most of us are not spiritual giants; we are simply ordinary Christians who are working out our lives in the grace of God.
Gracefully written and accessible to a wide readership, it is an excellent introduction to the sort of spiritual life that is aware that nothing in our lives is without spiritual significance and there is nothing we engage in that God is not interested in using for our transformation.