Review by Rev. David Gilmour, pastor of Llay Community Church, Wales
What is this book about?
This book is about home- what it is, where it is, and how to find it. As the authors put it, it’s about “living faithfully in the ordinary and everyday matters of life.” Our world tells us that we can only be satisfied and fulfilled in great, heroic, extraordinary actions- but true rest, true home, and true holiness can only be found in God. The Sweedens write beautifully about how we can more fully enter into that rest through embracing our place in the family of God, through a sense of wonder at the abundant life that is ours through Christ, and through walking humbly with Him.
Who is this book for?
It’s for the Matthew 11 people- those who are weary, burdened, and in need of rest for their soul. It’s for those who are tempted to believe the lie that genuine holiness is only for the spiritual elite, and that a life of meaning can only be found in the extraordinary. And it’s for those who want to be faithful and holy in every sphere and aspect of life.
How long is it?
It’s 125 pages long, and is a wonderful read. It’s not just for those with theological degrees, but it does reward careful, reflective reading.
If you enjoyed this book, you might like…
Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Harrison Warren.
About the Authors:
Joshua R Sweeden is professor of church and society and former dean of the faculty at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City. He is author of The Church and Work: The Ecclesiological Grounding of Good Work. An ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene, Sweeden obtained his PhD in practical theology from Boston University and previously served as assistant professor of theology at Portland Seminary (George Fox University).
Nell M Becker Sweeden is the international director as well as CEO of NCM, Inc. Becker Sweeden holds a PhD in practical theology from Boston University and is an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene. She is the author of Church on the Way: Hospitality and Migration, and also serves as affiliate professor of contemporary theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City.