Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren| Book Review hi

Synopsis from goodreads.com

Many of us go through the day feeling like we don’t have time for God. But God can become present to us in surprising ways through our everyday routines. 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 …more

My thoughts

I was really fearful to pick up this book because it was giving me Ann Voscamp’s, One Thousand Gifts vibe. And I was not ready to put myself through that. But I trust the person that recommended it so I thought I’d give it  shot and it turned out to be exactly what I needed at this present time. I will be re-reading and diving into more details, but here goes my initial thoughts

The premises of this book is in the title, it’s about finding God in the ordinary. In what we deem as mundane, in the basic and regular. The author really try to make sure we are sold on that fact by the end of the book. So, the titles are labeled something really simple, like brushing teeth, wake, making the bed, etc…and she goes into details as to how we can see God even in those things. Somethings I felt was stretch, for example, the part about being stuck in traffic. But I guess that is the point of this book, looking at places where we absolutely think God can’t be and speaking the truth about how he is there.

This book is essentially how I want my life to look like. I want to live a life that is simple with meaningful habits, no matter how small and normal it seem to the outside world. I want to live  life that doesn’t feel like it is wasted because I am not doing the next big thing.

I think this book is counter-culture to our current society where all we are doing and searching for are grand gestures and novelty before we are pleased. I’ve said so many times about my own life, how boring it is because I am not doing the vacations, buying the things and hanging with the cool kids. But the fact of the matter is, my life is my reality and I have to have joy in whatever it looks like. Boring or not, God is excited to be part of it.

I loved how practical this book was. It didn’t ask of much like 40 days praying and fasting, just simple remembrance and awareness of our lives and God in it

Quotes

“We have everyday habits—formative practices—that constitute daily liturgies. By reaching for my smartphone every morning, I had developed a ritual that trained me toward a certain end: entertainment and stimulation via technology. Regardless of my professed worldview or particular Christian subculture, my unexamined daily habit was shaping me into a worshiper of glowing screens. Examining my daily liturgy as a liturgy—as something that both revealed and shaped what I love and worship—allowed me to realize that my daily practices were malforming me, making me less alive, less human, less able to give and receive love throughout my day. Changing this ritual allowed me to form a new repetitive and contemplative habit that pointed me toward a different way of being-in-the-world.”

“We often understand the Protestant Reformation as a conflict about doctrine. Justification. Grace versus works. Ecclesiology. Indulgences. And it was. But what captured the imagination of the commoners in Europe during the Reformation was not only the finer points of doctrine, but the earthy notion of vocation.3 The idea that all good work is holy work was revolutionary. The Reformation toppled a vocational hierarchy that had placed monks, nuns, and priests at the top and everyone else below. The Reformers taught that a farmer may worship God by being a good farmer and that a parent changing diapers could be as near to Jesus as the pope. This was a scandal.”

“The kind of spiritual life and disciplines needed to sustain the Christian life are quiet, repetitive, and ordinary. I often want to skip the boring, daily stuff to get to the thrill of an edgy faith. But it’s in the dailiness of the Christian faith—the making the bed, the doing the dishes, the praying for our enemies, the reading the Bible, the quiet, the small—that God’s transformation takes root and grows.”

4/5 stars

Have you read this book? What did you think?

Also, I’m in a book club and we are discussing this book chapter by chapter. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll give you all the details!

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