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.
- Encouraging and helpful
I found this book encouraging and helpful. Scripturally sound, also gave an overview of historical changes to the housewife/stay at home mum role. Encouraging to be shown the value of at home work according to God's plan, rather than what society currently tells us!
- Loved It
On somewhat of a whim I decided to grab the audiobook of Glory In The Ordinary recently. The subtitle caught my eye, "Why Your Work In The Home Matters To God". As someone who has struggled with my identity, especially after I quit working as a hygienist, I thought this book sounded helpful.
This book was so refreshing to me, because I find so much of Christian non-fiction that is directed toward women to be...fluffy. This book was not fluffy! It was packed full of Scripture references to support her points, and focused on the biblical view of work. The author writes to stay-at-home-moms and working moms, because both groups are also working at home.
As a mom, I could relate to so much of this book. I struggled for a while to find my "purpose", my meaning in working at home, because so much of the work it is mundane. Kriessig writes about how our work in the home brings order out of chaos and loves and ministers to those God has given us, and that brings Him glory. She emphasizes how work in the home is not only valuable to God, but this very work is preparing us for the work God will have for us in eternity.
The narrator of this book did an excellent job, I thought. Her voice inflections differentiated the sections well, and she made it easy to follow along with what the author was saying in audio format.
I got so much out of this book, and I wish I had come across it a couple years ago when I was really struggling in this area! However, even now when I have settled in and feel more content with my work at home, I found this book so challenging and encouraging. I think it will be a re-listen for me! I highly recommend it to all wives and mothers - no matter your stage or time constraints or style of homemaking, I think you'll be encouraged too!
Note: I received a copy of this audiobook for free from christianaudio, in exchange for this review. This is my honest opinion.
- 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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