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Book Reviews

Here, I will share with you my 3.5, 4- and 5-star reads. Let's fangirl together! 

Note: Unfortunately, I am no longer able to accept review requests. Between writing, working full-time, attending courses for my second bachelor's degree,  and freelance projects, I just don't have the time. Once I finish reading and reviewing the ARCs I've already received, I will be reviewing personal library items only.

Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren

In the overlooked moments and routines of our day, we can become aware of God's presence in surprising ways. How do we embrace the sacred in the ordinary and the ordinary in the sacred? Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices, and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something--making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys--that the author does every day. Drawing from the diversity of her life as a campus minister, Anglican priest, friend, wife, and mother, Tish Harrison Warren, opens up a practical theology of the everyday. Each activity is related to a spiritual practice as well as an aspect of our Sunday worship. Come and discover the holiness of your every day.

 

My Review


For a Christian, there is no secular life; we know this deep down, although we often forget it. Tish Harrison Warren takes us through the mundane, everyday parts of our lives and shows their connection to the sacred. From waking up to brushing our teeth to eating leftovers and fighting with our spouses, every part of our day is an echo of our relationship with God.

As cheesy as this sounds, I downloaded this book because I felt like God was telling me to. Suddenly, everywhere I turned, one of my friends or another was either reading it or had just finished and was heavily recommending it. As soon as I started reading it, I understood why. I had to stop myself from highlighting the entire book, and during the first several chapters I just cried. I needed these words so much. Especially the waiting in traffic chapter. Going on 15 months of infertility, her words on waiting for God resonated deeply with me.

As someone who struggles with spiritual disciplines, this book taught me I can work in so many of them during my normal routine. Now when I wake, I try to pray and sit in quiet meditation instead of immediately reaching for the phone. When I shower, I remember my baptism and the grace God has extended to me. It's only been a few days, so I haven't got the ball rolling on making my bed yet, but there's hope for the future at very least. 

Tish Harrison Warren is an amazing writer, and this much-needed book fills a void. I recommend to all Christian friends, and to all non-Christian friends who consider themselves spiritual or who are interested in learning more about practical faith.For a Christian, there is no secular life; we know this deep down, although we often forget it. Tish Harrison Warren takes us through the mundane, everyday parts of our lives and shows their connection to the sacred. From waking up to brushing our teeth to eating leftovers and fighting with our spouses, every part of our day is an echo of our relationship with God.

As cheesy as this sounds, I downloaded this book because I felt like God was telling me to. Suddenly, everywhere I turned, one of my friends or another was either reading it or had just finished and was heavily recommending it. As soon as I started reading it, I understood why. I had to stop myself from highlighting the entire book, and during the first several chapters I just cried. I needed these words so much. Especially the waiting in traffic chapter. Going on 15 months of infertility, her words on waiting for God resonated deeply with me.

As someone who struggles with spiritual disciplines, this book taught me I can work in so many of them during my normal routine. Now when I wake, I try to pray and sit in quiet meditation instead of immediately reaching for the phone. When I shower, I remember my baptism and the grace God has extended to me. It's only been a few days, so I haven't got the ball rolling on making my bed yet, but there's hope for the future at very least. 

Tish Harrison Warren is an amazing writer, and this much-needed book fills a void. I recommend to all Christian friends, and to all non-Christian friends who consider themselves spiritual or who are interested in learning more about practical faith.