Gospel Peace in a Cluttered House
Frequent DG blog contributor Gloria Furman has a new book.
Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home, is a book showcasing Gloria’s skill in applying the gospel to the everyday life of a wife and mother. Here’s one short excerpt, to illustrate my point.
For me, as I go about my day in my home, I can see how attempting minimalism and simplicity seems like the solution to my discontent. When I glance into my children’s room after I’ve asked them to clean up, and I see piles of books strewn all over the place, the play jewelry has been dumped onto someone’s bed, and tiny chunks of crusted Play-Doh litter the floor, I feel a tremendous lack of peace.
The clutter bothers me, so I start lobbing vain threats into the atmosphere: “If these toys don’t get put away properly I’ll assume you don’t want them anymore, and I’ll throw them into the garbage.” I might make a mental note of the things I need to organize better. If only I had that particular closet available or a more efficient system for storing toys, school supplies, clothes, whatever — then I’d be happy.
I think that if I don’t see any chaos, then that assumes the presence of peace. That’s the deluding lie. I humbly submit to you, if your heart is anything like mine, it doesn’t matter how well you’ve organized your storage closet, your kids’ toys, or your in-box if there is discontent bound up in your heart.
This natural impulse we all feel to quell inner chaos through outer order is one reason I wanted to put Gloria on the line to talk about her new book.
By purchasing a copy of Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home this week you qualify for some freebies from the publisher (Crossway). Here are the details:
Purchase a copy of Glimpses of Grace from your favorite local or online retailer from June 3–7 and receive a free Glimpses of Grace ebook as well as one of Gloria’s favorite resources — the ESV Study Bible Online (ESVBible.org Web App & Ebook)!
To redeem your free extras, simply scan and email your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org before 11:59am on Friday, June 7. [Note: Any receipts that are not legible, not included, or believed to be fraudulent will be disqualified. Limited to one promotion per person.]
Previous Authors on the Line podcasts —
- Spurgeon’s First Five Years in Ministry: An Interview with Tom Nettles and Christian George
- The Bible as One Story: An Interview with Tom Schreiner
- Why the Ascension of Jesus Matters: An Interview with Gerrit Scott Dawson and Jonny Woodrow
- Meaning and Metaphor: An Interview with Doug Wilson
- The Role of the Psalms in the Life of the Church: An Interview with Gordon Wenham
- Young, Restless, and Reformed Five Years Later: An Interview with Collin Hansen
- Getting Real with Personal Sin: An Interview with Matt Chandler
- Hospitality on Mission: An Interview with Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
- From Radical Lesbian to Redeemed Christian: An Autobiographical Interview with Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
- Enjoying God’s Beatific Beauty: An Interview with Kyle Strobel
- Marriage on the Cosmic Stage: An Interview with G. K. Beale
- The Cross-Centered Christmas: An Interview with Ann Voskamp
- Eyes Wide Open to God’s Created Beauty: An Interview with Steve DeWitt
- Christmas and the Sting of Personal Loss: An Interview with John Piper and Paul Maier
- The Trinitarian Shape of Jonathan Edwards' Theology: An Interview with Michael McClymond
- Union with Christ in Paul’s Theology: An Interview with Constantine Campbell
- God’s Work and Ours: An Interview with Timothy Keller
- Christians Leading in the Secular World: An Interview with Dr. Albert Mohler
- Same-Sex Temptations in the Church: An Interview with Robert Gagnon
- The Church in a Homosexual Culture: An Interview with Robert Gagnon
- Delighting in the Trinity: An Interview with Michael Reeves
- Charity and Its Fruits: An Interview with Kyle Strobel