Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life by Tish Harrison Warren is the type of book that causes you to pause and ponder after each chapter. These books, for me, don’t tend to come around too often, but when they do I lap them up and enjoy the endless thought processes and ideas that come with it.
In her book, Tish connects our very ordinary day to the presence of God. She sets up each chapter as an event that might happen in our day, like making the bed, brushing our teeth, losing our keys etc and she links each of these events to how they may reveal God to us in those moments.
She turns the most ordinary things in our day into a liturgy that sings Christ to us.
This has come at a timely moment for me. I spent most of my 20s in christian ministry, days spent reading theology books, writing bible studies and talks and meeting up with students to open the bible. But since last year those days have been filled with nappies, washing clothes, watching baby TV and having a routine that involves a tiny person napping. It was a bit of a gear shift and in those moments it’s been easy to lose sight of God.
But what Liturgy of the Ordinary reminds me, is that there is no sacred or secular divide, that when I change a nappy or clean up the food that’s been flung onto the walls, God is still in those moments. It felt such a relief to read this and to know that those washing up moments are just as important as those bible study moments.
I needed to hear this, those ordinary, mundane parts of life can speak the Gospel to me and hold value. It is a good reminder to all of us. When we sigh and feel restless in doing the same things over and over again, we can know that it’s not all meaningless. That Christ is in those moments with us.
Liturgy of the Ordinary is honest and challenging. It’s a book for anyone who feels weary about the ordinary things in their day or they feel an increasing gap of the sacred and secular parts in their life. It’s a book that reminds us of our humanity and how Christ speaks to us in the mundane. It is well worth reading.
*I received this book in exchange for an honest book review.