Here’s your Friday review!! I know that the weeks are coming when I’m going to miss a few weeks, but so far this year I’ve been pretty good keeping up with my reading goals, which is exciting for me.
And, speaking of . . . if any of you are interested in recommending, sending, or in any way collaborating with my book reviews, just let me know! I’m always open to collaboration.
So, this week, I bring you Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman. (If you’re interested, you can read her blog here.) I told you a few weeks ago that I got this book free from my church, who graciously hands out books on a regular basis to encourage the congregation to read and grow. That is just one thing that I super love about my church! Anyways . . . about the book . . .
Glimpses of Grace is a great book for women who are trying to figure out how God and the Gospel fits into the everyday. What I loved about this book was that every chapter and every page is centered on the Gospel. Radiating out from the Gospel is how then to view the built up dirt on the grout, or when the last coffee filter has been used and not replaced, or how to prepare for company.
I know a fear that I have, and that I have heard from other moms is that we can’t do anything for God while being a stay-at-home mom with young kids. We seem to think that we have to get through a season before we’re useful again. Gloria combats that idea by showing us that the Gospel is meant to consume daily life. When I am scrubbing the floor for the second time in a day, the Gospel is real, and I can dwell on and rejoice in the fact that Jesus died to cleanse my heart. He has changed me, and therefore, I can ‘cleanse’ this floor in an effort to serve others because of the love that He has placed in my heart.
This is the kind of book that I will need to read a few more times. Some of the chapters were deeper than I went the first read through, so I know that there is definitely more for me to glean from it. But, for now, I want to leave you with a few quotes so you can get your own feel for her style and message:
Even in my darkest doubts when I do the same thing again the next day, my hope is still built on the righteousness of Christ. The Gospel keeps me relating to God on the basis of Jesus’s perfections, not on the illusions of my religious achievements. God strengthens me and protects me according to his faithfulness, not mine.
We have so many good things in our lives – home, families, husband and children, friends, work, achievements, and gifts. But if we think these things are god, or if we absolutely have to have these things in order to connect with God, then our heart has manufactured an idol. When any of these good things turns into something we resent or complain about because we feel it is an obstacle to fellowship with God, our heart has manufactured an idol.
Peace and quiet are not ultimate. Activity and responsibility are not ultimate. Because Christ is ultimate, the loss of any of these things – solitude or circus – makes no difference in the sufficiency of Christ or in his ability to give you everything you need for life and godliness.
So, obviously this is just a small taste of some of the richness that exists in this book. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you ever find yourself struggling with the ‘mundane’ or the ‘day-to-day.’ This book will remind you that the Gospel was designed for our daily, and Christ wants our everyday to be lived for and with Him.
Have you ever struggled with finding Christ in the everyday? What has been an encouragement to you as you face the mundane tasks of life?