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Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of Everyday Grace Paperback – November 16, 2009
"We will never learn to find God in ordinary life until we are taught by someone who has. Mike Milton has been finding God in the ordinary from his first childhood day of poverty in Louisiana, in everything from cinnamon rolls to Old Spice, from hollyhocks to hurricanes. With a pastor's heart, he obviously longs for us to find him as well." --Michael Card, Singer-Songwriter and Author
"A pleasure to read. Warm, encouraging, inspiring, and uplifting." --Sally Lloyd-Jones, Author of The Jesus Storybook Bible
"Who says that theology is dull and too otherworldly? They must not be referring to this book. Whether it is Aunt Eva's mincemeat pies or the great doughnut fraud, each pithy vignette teaches deep theology in the most down-to-earth manner that will bless your heart. What a good source of practically applied theology as Mike Milton writes about grief, trials, joys, and all other aspects of life and reality." --Charles Dunahoo, Author of Making Kingdom Disciples
About the Author
Dr. Michael A. Milton is president of Reformed Theological Seminary's campuses in Charlotte, NC and Orlando, FL. He is also an ordained minister in the PCA, a songwriter and recording artist, an officer in the US Army Reserve, a chaplain in the Chief of Chaplains Office, Washington, DC. Formerly he was a top secret linguist for the US Navy and an executive in two Fortune 500 companies. Mike has written 8 books and also writes for J.E.T.S., Preaching, and World Magazine. He has degrees and advanced degrees from W.E.S.T., The University of Wales, Knox Seminary and Mid-America Nazarene University.
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Small Things, Big Things: Inspiring Stories of Everyday Grace by Michael A. Milton was released in November. I love the premise. I love the idea of finding God in all the details and parts of life. I want to see how I am just a small part of a much bigger story.
I did myself a disservice by flying blindly. I hadn't heard of Milton previously and should have gotten to know him better before I read this book. The book has a lot of biographical tidbits in it, and they were slightly difficult to piece together at the same time as I was trying to hear the 52 lessons he was teaching. Milton wrote this book over an extended period as letters/essay to his Chattanooga congregation. The writing was very pastoral. I think understanding him better, becoming more familiar with him, would have helped. Even watching these videos first would have helped.
His writing kept reminding me of Max Lucado's for some reason, though they didn't pull me in as far as Lucado used to (it's been a dozen years since I've read him). His home-spun, salt-of-the-earth, devotional illustrations were often quite enjoyable. And I'm sure this genre will fit the bill for a good number of people.
Perhaps I felt that too much illustration and not enough meat, makes for storybook reading, not devotional reading.
The book itself is beautiful. It's a great cover, a wonderful size that feels right in the hand, bright paper; it smells great [I hate having to mention how much I like the odor of books]. But the content didn't stir me like I was hoping. I look forward to hearing though how it will be a help to others.