Lindsey Carlson lives in Houston with her worship-pastor husband and their four active kids (all under age 10). Her home is filled with the sounds of childhood (galloping horses, swashbuckling heroes, and the occasional sibling brawl), the near-constant presence of music in some form, and volumes of great literature, old and new. You can catch her regular reflections on faith and worship at Worship Rejoices.
I have been holding this book in my hot little hands since April, beside myself waiting to recommend it to everyone I know. I want to hand it out at swim team and toss it in random women’s shopping carts at the grocery store. But, other than the fact that it might be weird for me to do so, it also hadn’t been released to the public yet, so I couldn’t. I had to wait.
Today, my wait is over. So, please, please, please, run and do not walk (or click, click, click as it may be) to pick up a copy for yourself.
Who’s it written for?
As you can guess, with a subtitle like “Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home,” the book is geared mainly to women: wives, mothers, spiritual mothers, homemakers, and those steeped in domesticity. Gloria wants us to know and love Christ. Without sounding theologically heady, she tackles the scriptural truths of who God is and how the gospel applies even to our daily routines. She writes:
“Theology is for homemakers who need to know who God is, who they are, and what this mundane life is all about.”
If you’ve ever wondered what God could possibly be teaching you through unloading the dishwasher twenty times a week or scrubbing dirty floors, this book is for you.
What It Isn’t / What It Is
What I LOVE about this book, is that it isn’t another “how-to” manual of how to be the best Christian, or Mom, or Woman in general. It does not give you tips, tricks, or tactics to be a better you. It doesn’t offer blanket solutions or ultimatums. It gifts readers with reflections on the Gospel – true Glimpses of Grace.
Glimpses of Grace looks at scripture and examines who God is and what Christ has done for us and offers a“distinctly Christian hope of God’s glory”. By presenting the gospel alongside regular day to day challenges and struggles, it offers homemakers encouragement and hope grounded in the Word of God.
Gloria does a great job reminding readers to continually rehearse the gospel in their lives by seeing and savoring Jesus in the mundane.
Hands down, my favorite take away was the gospel-application of the book to my general daily life. What makes my experience as a wife, a mother, and child of God distinctly Christian? These are a few of the many convicting insights that called my number and helped me to see Jesus more clearly.
Nuts & Bolts
As a busy mom of four small children, I highly value short-reads. Though this book is power-packed with convicting truth, it’s easy to read and digest. It has thirteen chapters and is 180 pages long. I knocked it out on a short plane ride.
Does it deliver?
Gloria’s reading draws you in – she is winsome, humorous, and easy to relate to.
If you can’t guess from my ringing endorsement, I love this book. I told Gloria after I finished reviewing it that I’d be buying it in bulk and handing it out to all of my friends (and maybe on the street corners). I think it more than delivers on the promise of offering Glimpses of Grace and teaching readers to Treasure the Gospel in Their Home. Grab it, read it, and love Jesus more.
*Pick up your copy today or before June 7th and receive a free copy of the 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.*