For stay-at-home moms, it's easy to view other people's work as more valuable to God, dismissing the significance of seemingly mind-numbing, everyday tasks. In this life-giving book, Courtney Reissig encourages moms with the truth about God's perspective on their work: what the world sees as mundane, he sees as magnificent. Discussing the changing nature of stay-at-home work and the ultimate meaning of our identity as image bearers, Reissig combats common misunderstandings about the significance of at-home work—helping us see how Christ infuses purpose into every facet of the ordinary.
- Sound Advice on a Much-Neglected Topic
Sometimes I find myself greatly encouraged by a book that tells me what I already know. That's what I expected from Glory in the Ordinary. Having been a housewife and at-home mom for 24 years, my mundane tasks are driven by a strong sense of purpose that I am serving God by serving my family. I hoped this book would reinforce that feeling and provide motivation to not be weary in well-doing. And to some extent, it did. The author offers sound advice, solidly based on scripture. I like that she is writing not only to at-home moms, but working women, and men. She reminds us that not only child care, but also housework, has great value as it is tied into caring for others, and that we can glorify God in our faithful service. But I am embarrassed to admit I found myself losing patience with the author. For someone pointing out the value of at-home work, she devoted a surprisingly large chunk of the word count to reasons we degrade the work, how hard it is, and how boring it is. She repeatedly reminds the reader how difficult her own at-home work was "at the time of writing this book." This was discouraging and slightly annoying. Granted, I am older than the intended audience. If I would have read this book when my kids were toddlers, I may have connected with it more and appreciated that in-the-trenches perspective. From my viewpoint as a mother of teens, it seemed like she was trying very hard to convince herself that her work is important. (And it IS!) Still, this is a fast read and well worth the time!
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