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Ordinary Miracles

Awakening to the Holy Work of Parenting
Ordinary Miracles

By author: Rachel S. Gerber
Product Code: 9857
ISBN: 9780836198577
Pages: 152
Binding Information: Paperback / softback
Size: 8.00 x 5.00 inches

Publication Date: 3/10/2014

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Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? Find out in this honest devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys. In Ordinary Miracles, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life.

Overburdened parents will find reassurance in Rachel’s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.

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  • Foreword by Rachel Balducci
  • Prologue: Beyond the How-To Manuals
  • The Road to Emmaus
  • 1. I Don't Know Anything
  • 2. Companion on the Journey
  • 3. Slowing Down, Coming Home
  • 4. The Offering
  • 5. The Blessing
  • The Breaking
  • The Breaking
  • The Awakening
  • Holy Heartburn
  • Embracing the Holy Work
  • Epilogue: Made Known
  • Resources: A Blessing for Parents
  • Questions for Reflection
  • Acknowledgments
  • The Author

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Review by: Sospeter Gatobu, Mennonite Brethren Herald - February 6, 2015

Ordinary Miracles is not another ‘how-to’ manual on parenting. Instead, it is an expression of a mother’s experiences in the light of her relationship with God. It is as if the author is drawing a curtain to let the reader see what she goes through each day and how she perceives her journey toward a richer understanding of God through her role as a mother and a wife.

“This is an easy-to-read book that leaves the reader with an awareness that ordinary moments in life can lead to deeper reflection on our spiritual journey. These events can be as simple as stopping to listen to a child, talking to a stranger, inviting someone to your home, visiting a neighbour or calling a friend for a chat.”

Review by: Monica Tenney, Congregational Libraries Today - September 1, 2014

“Even though Gerber gets tired and cranky, raising her sweet boys to know and love Jesus is her calling and where she meets God.”

Ordinary Miracles is endearing and funny. It will be a welcome find on church library shelves, especially for tired young mothers.”

Review by: Rachel Balducci, author of Raising Boys Is a Full-Contact Sport - January 10, 2014

“As Rachel Gerber so beautifully reminds us here, God walks beside us. We are not alone in this journey. Even at our most lonely and discouraged, God has given us everything we need.”

Review by: Heidi Miller, assistant professor of Christian worship, Perkins School of Theology - January 10, 2014

“Laughter. Tears. Runny noses. Car wrecks. Exhaustion. God does not drop her. God does not drop us. With humor and moxie, Rachel Gerber invites us on a journey and calls us to look afresh at how God becomes incarnate among us.”

Review by: Bonnie Miller-McLemore, author of In the Midst of Chaos: Care of Children as Spiritual Practice - January 10, 2014

“With humor and spunk, Rachel Gerber takes us on a wondrous, demanding Emmaus journey all her own, where she recognizes God and returns to spread the word. Good news for other parents needing encouragement in their own parenting!”

Review by: Sara Wenger Shenk, president of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary - January 10, 2014

“This book will put a shine into any beleaguered day. With sparkling transparency, Rachel reveals the mess and marvel of life with little people. Amid a cascade of daily chaos, she breaks open ordinary moments with such winsome vulnerability that I was captivated anew by the holy wonder of it all.”

Review by: Elsie Rempel, author of Please Pass the Faith: The Art of Spiritual Grandparenting - January 10, 2014

“As a grandmother, I continually remembered young parents I know and love while reading this book. Rachel creates vivid images in which other young parents can find themselves, but then digs deeper to unearth and share her early parenthood spiritual journey. As she uncovers the holy in the midst of growing laundry piles and disrupted nights, she offers lifelines of hope and inspiration to other overwhelmed bearers of God’s blessings.”

Review by: April Yamasaki, author of Sacred Pauses: Spiritual Practices for Personal Renewal - January 10, 2014

“This book is warm, wise, funny, and full of real-life moments with the author and her family. Rachel’s storytelling and spiritual insight are great gifts that I look forward to sharing with others, especially with parents of young children. An inspiring and thoughtful book.”

Review by: Hannah Heinzekehr, executive director, The Mennonite, Inc. - January 10, 2014

“In her own straightforward, energetic voice, Rachel Gerber invites you into her world; a world brimming with boisterous boys, plenty of work, and a whiff of the Holy. As she recounts parenting peaks and valleys, she invites us to see God calling and caring for us, even—or especially—in seemingly mundane moments.”

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