21.11.13

The Ministry of a Messy House


As an aspiring vicar’s wife I have been avidly reading Amanda Robbie AKA The Vicar’s Wife’s blog for quite a few years, so I was interested to hear that she was writing a book and managed to get my hands on it a few weeks ago.

The Ministry of a Messy Houseis Amanda’s exploration of the mess that comes from everyday life and how God works through it all anyway. This book talks about the realities of messy homes, families, children, churches, communities, meals and celebrations within the backdrop of our perfectionist society and shows that it’s God’s grace that matters and we don’t have to get it right all of the time. 

As a mother and homemaker I have already read quite a bit around these subjects from a Christian perspective and must admit that for me this book didn’t break any new ground in regards to the content. However, I did love the way that Amanda writes and gained a lot of encouragement from its pages.

Titus 2 commands older women of faith to share their experience with other women in the church and for me this book is a great example of that. Amanda does not come across as preachy or as a know-it-all bible scholar but instead I felt that I was simply having a cup of tea with a more experienced friend who shared her knowledge with me. This was compounded by the very practical ‘tips from the vicarage’ sections in each chapter which share recipes, book titles and other ideas for putting the chapter’s advice into practice. 

As a self-confessed ‘mess hater’ the take home message and encouragement for me was the reminder that reaching others with God’s love and grace – and reminding myself of it too – is the most important thing in our lives; not having a clean kitchen floor, or the perfect party or model children. If any of that perfectionism comes in the way of knowing God better and doing his work then it has become an idol to me and I am misusing the gifts God has given us. 

I would recommend this book if you need some encouragement to let go of the guilt and expectations put on us by the world and to embrace the full life that God has for you. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

Disclaimer: I was provided with this book for free for the purpose of this review but the opinions are my own

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