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‘Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life’ by Tish Harrison Warren

Everyone wants a revolution. No one wants to do the dishes”

I’ve always been a lover of the quotidian in life, the humble daily routines and regular chores–they are comforting even if they drive me crazy sometimes–with their “daily-ness.” But if we pay attention, we might see that a whole bunch of ordinary can suddenly result in extraordinary, and a whole bunch of seemingly everyday sorts of days can add up to a remarkable life!

“When suffering is sharp and profound, I expect and believe that God will meet me in its midst. But in the struggles of my average day I somehow feel I have a right to be annoyed.”

Jesus always used everyday examples and objects to teach about spiritual things, and that is what this book does, with chapter headings on things like making the bed, brushing teeth, eating leftovers, and losing keys. I loved how the author turns our eyes to the fact that everyday life can be seen as sacred practice.

This practical theology is perfect for people raising young children who simply don’t have the energy or time to carve out a ‘quiet time.’ Everyday chores and routines can be moments to reflect and remind. It is absolutely vital for everyone, but especially for parents with small children, to see all tasks as worship to God–a God who sees them, and loves them all the time.

Author Feature: Sally Lloyd-Jones

Sally Lloyd-JonesSally Lloyd-Jones, together with illustrator Jago, have produced two amazing devotional and Bible story books for children. Her writing is fresh and creative with a simple, conversational style. I wish I had these books for my children when they were little. Have a look at her website, it’s worth a visit. Although they have both done more books,  these featured here are my favourites. The first one is a story bible, the second a devotional for children.

JagoJago is an amazing award winning illustrator who captures the message and the imagination of the reader so totally. The creativity and sense of humour in Lloyd-Jones’ writing is mirrored in Jago’s illustrations so beautifully. The artwork is unique, creative and just plain fun! Jago’s website is equally delightful. I’ve set the page for both websites to their “About” sections so you can read about them, they both have a very entertaining introduction of themselves.

Sally Lloyd-Jones Website

Jago Website

The Jesus Storybook Biblestarstarstarstarstar‘The Jesus Storybook Bible’ invites children to discover for themselves that Jesus is at the centre of God’s great story of salvation and the centre of their own story as well. The stories are fresh and feel new when reading them and the perspective is right, presenting a vocabulary of faith that underscores what the sub-title already suggests: “Every story whispers his name. ” The central message of the books is “God’s Never Stopping, Never Giving Up, Unbreaking, Always and Forever Love.” Jago’s illustrations capture the very essence of the stories and underscore the messages within.

Thoughts to Make Your Heart Singstarstarstarstarstar‘Thoughts to Make Your Heart Sing’ is a perfect companion to the story Bible. with the same message and similar style, Lloyd-Jones’ goal in creating this first devotional for children, was to offer an opportunity for an experiential side of the relationship with God to go along with the informational side. It’s an innovative collection of 101 simple, yet profound reflections and thoughts on faith. Insights are drawn from creation, history, science, and the writings of great thinkers, preachers, and writers. It is perfect for family or bedtime devotions. It is accessible yet theologically rich, revealing Biblical truth in word and image. It brings a hopeful message that will make the heart sing. Again, Jago’s illustrations enhance and enrich the experience.

‘When the Game is Over, it all Goes Back in the Box’ by John Ortberg

John Ortberg’s books have great titles: ‘If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat‘, ‘God is Closer than You Think‘, and ‘Everybody’s Normal Till You get to Know Them‘ are some good examples. Ortberg’s teaching is in spiritual growth and formation. His devotionals are mostly anecdotal which is a powerful teaching tool. It would not be very instructive to ask someone else, “what are the main points in this book?” Because the point comes in the story, and story is most powerful and memorable.

Using the game of Monopoly as example, (he used to get whipped at the game by his grandmother, wouldn’t you love to meet her?) Ortberg reminds us that stuff is temporary and that which is eternal will last. When the game is over, it all goes back in the box.