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Crossway #Review: Glimpses of Grace; Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home by Gloria Furman

on July 17, 2013

About the Book: Sometimes life feels a lot like a burden—day-in and day-out its the same chores and tasks, challenges and discouragements, anxieties and responsibilities. Dust bunnies show up on the stairwell, social commitments clutter the calendar, and our families demand daily attention and care. At times, just catching our breath seems like an impossible feat.

So where is God in all of this? Does he care about the way we unload the dishwasher or balance the budget? Do the little things like changing diapers or cooking meals make a difference? And how can we use our spheres of influence for God’s glory and our joy?

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working woman splitting time between the office and home, Gloria Furman—writer, pastor’s wife, cross-cultural worker, and mom—encourages us to see the reality of God’s grace in all of life, especially those areas that often appear to be boring and unimportant. Using personal examples and insightful stories, her richly theological reflections help us experience the gospel’s extraordinary power to transform our ordinary lives.

You can purchase the book at Crossway.


About Gloria Furman: Gloria Furman is a wife, mother of three young children, doula, and blogger. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor. She is the author of Glimpses of Grace and blogs regularly at The Gospel Coalition and Domestic Kingdom.


My Opinion:


Are you like me, wondering where the Lord is in the midst of your mundane?  Homeschooling the children, laundry, changing the diapers, nursing in the dead of the night?  Does He care?  Is He there?  Well join me in reading Gloria Furman’s, Glimpses of Grace, I’ve done a ton of highlighting in it and I know I have loads more to do.  She quotes Paul Tripp and I loved this quote, it spoke to me as I began reading, “If God doesn’t rule your mundane, then He doesn’t rule you.  Because that’s where you live.”  Being a mom, being a homemaker, a wife, can be, well, mundane – some days really mundane if you have a sick child and are constantly changing and washing clothes and sheets or are reading Pat the Bunny for the umpteenth time.  So where is God?  Where is the Gospel?


The book is divided into two parts, Your Foundation in the Mundane and The Miraculous in the Mundane.  I said two parts, don’t think you can grab this book, read it in a night and understand.  Gloria adds a lot of humor but I’m still digesting a lot of it – because it take a lot of digesting to understand and see God in our wiping of noses or breaking up sibling fights.  Another thought that stood out at the beginning was this one, “As a result of my faulty thinking, I saw my roles as wife, mother, homemaker and even minister of the gospel as things that detracted, or took away from, my spiritual life.”


The Gospel is going to be clearly defined in this book, because, if you ask different people chances are they will each have a different answer for what the Gospel is.  This book is woven with Scripture and that will allow you to see for yourself that Gloria is writing from a Biblical worldview as she strives to get homemakers, career woman, even single girls who are at home helping with their siblings to see that God does care, He is there and no matter how mundane we think things are, we are doing it for His Glory.


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