We all want to strive to make our lives meaningful, but when we’re bogged down in daily living, making dinner for the 274th time this year, cleaning the toilet again, asking the kids for the 100th time to pick up their toys. . .we can get frustrated. After all, aren’t we supposed to be doing big, grand things with our lives?
In her book, Sacred Mundane: How to Find Freedom, Purpose, and Joy, Kari Patterson reminds us that all of our life, no matter how mundane, can be for the glory of God, if we let it.
Patterson’s book has eight main sections:
LET Him In
LOOK: See the World Through the Word
LISTEN: Discern His Voice in Daily Life
ENGAGE: Enter In
EMBRACE: Love the One
TRUST: Live the Blank
THANK: Find Fulfillment
LET Your Life Be Poured Out
Patterson focuses on how we can make God the center of our lives and find meaning in our lives. In one analogy, she talks about her seven year old daughter who is very shy and does not talk to people she does not know. But to Patterson, she chatters all day long. Patterson says this is because she’s in a relationship with her daughter, and they converse easily. Her point? Before we can have a real, meaningful dialogue with God, we need to first have a relationship with him that involves more than saying a few prayers before bedtime.
Bookworm and I just finished a Book of James Bible study, and I found this book the perfect follow up.
I love that at the end, there is a guide if you’d like to use this book for a small group Bible study. The guide breaks down the segments by weeks, for nine weeks. Questions are given for discussion, and there are also Biblical references to read. Within each week, there are assignments given for each day.
This is an excellent, thought-provoking book. You can delve in deeply, especially if you use the study guide at the end. Just take your time reading this book because there is a lot of material. This will not be a quick read if you want to make the most of the content.
I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Note: I received this book from Kregel Publications in routine for my honest review. All opinions are my own.