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Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy Paperback – July 25, 2017
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An invitation to live unstuck
Do you feel trapped in daily drudgery and disappointment, bogged down in dull domestic duties or a boring job you can’t stand? Where is the free, abundant, and purposeful life God promises? Do you wish you could take a break from the mundane to seek out the transcendent?
Kari Patterson leads us to see that it’s our ordinary days—filled with tedious tasks and frequent frustrations—that are working for us. When we invite Jesus in and let all things produce spiritual strength in us, we live mysteriously powerful lives of peace and joy.
Truth: you are made new by dipping into the dirty, dusty dailiness of life. By letting your days transform your life.
It is the sacred mundane that makes us new.
Richard Stearns, president World Vision U.S.
"Kari is a powerful example that God will do amazing things in our lives—if we let him. God calls each of us to a bigger, greater life than we ever imagined, but only when we allow our stories to be part of God’s great redemption story. Read this book, and discover how God transformed the lives of one woman and her family when they sought to follow him."
Chaundel Holladay, Co-author of Love-Powered Parenting
“The temptation to divide their lives into the sacred and the mundane attacks most women every day of their life. Sacred Mundane points out the heresy of this duality and provides hope that.
All of our life can be valued as sacred. Kari is a mom in the trenches who wonderfully weaves together strong theology and daily down-to-earth application in an engaging and enjoyable way.”
Christine Hoover, author of From Good to Grace
“Kari Patterson has a way with words, and oh how we need them! More than ever, voices all around tell us we need to dream big dreams and pursue big pursuits, but in Sacred Mundane, Kari so beautifully reminds us that each of our days, if given their due, are quiet opportunities for a faith-filled life.”
Jamie Martin, author of Steady Days
“Sacred Mundane delivers a message that brings relief to women’s souls—we are favored, loved, and chosen by the God of the universe. And as recipients of such favor, we have the awesome chance to draw closer to Him each and every moment of our days. Kari’s words, full of grace, humor, and practical application, invite us to transform the lenses through which we see the world, through which we see God—through which we see everything.”
About the Author
Kari Patterson reaches thousands of women worldwide through speaking events and her popular blog Sacred Mundane. She's a pastor's wife, homeschool mom, Bible teacher, mentor, and passionate seeker of truth. At Patterson's request, all royalties from the sale of this book will benefit World Vision's work with women and children in need. Visit her online at www.karipatterson.com.
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In the back, Sacred Mundane also has a plan for Small Group Bible Study. It is a blend of verse memorizing, Scripture reading, application and discussion divided into weekly tasks and a day designated to converse with your group. The whole thing is a 9-week plan, and personally, I love the layout. I think a person could individually move through the book this way, do it in a small group, or even just with another friend.
**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**
In eight practical steps, we are invited to enter the sanctity of God in our everyday lives. We start with letting God into our lives so that we can turn anything that happens to us to become glory for Him. We calibrate our worldview according to the Word of God. We learn to listen, to pray, and to sense God speaking to us. We learn to see life not as a daily grind but a life of engagement, in the here and now, without waiting for something long and far away. We embrace God through loving one another, remembering people are not projects to be worked on but individuals to be cared for. Having done what we could do, we can then trust God to do the rest and we give thanks as we see God's will gradually fulfilled in our lives. There is a very helpful study guide at the end of the book that gives us a chance to re-visit, revise, or respond to the chapters read. It is a nine-week study that should provide much food for thought and steps for practical implementation. The purpose of it all is to lift us out of any mundane routines or dreary lifestyles and to see our lives as how God would see. If God is for us, who can be against us?
This book is written with the purpose of promoting spiritual growth for people who might be jaded with their spiritual lives. We all have various responsibilities that we cannot run away from. Whether it is work in the office or in the home, traveling or doing various ministry work, from time to time, we would feel restless, even discouraged about whether we are making any difference or not. This book, with the various steps should speak to those of us. I appreciate the first chapter "Let Him in" which is particular relevant for people very much living an active lifestyle and always on the go. It can be exhausting to be running on adrenaline for extended periods of time. People in ministry will understand that. By urging us to let God deal with our inner souls, we learn that ministry is not about what we do, but what God is doing, through us.
Kari Patterson is a popular speaker, a pastor's wife, homeschool mom, Bible teacher, mentor, and author. She blogs at Sacred Mundane.
Rating: 4 stars of 5.
This book has been provided courtesy of Kregel Publishers without requiring a positive review. All opinions offered above are mine unless otherwise stated or implied.