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4.36  ·  Rating details ·  7,709 ratings  ·  1,146 reviews
Many of us go through the day feeling like we don't have time for God. But God can become present to us in surprising ways through our everyday routines. Framed around one ordinary day, this book explores daily life through the lens of liturgy, small practices and habits that form us. Each chapter looks at something making the bed, brushing her teeth, losing her keys that ...more
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Published November 1st 2016 by InterVarsity Press
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Unusual and profound and UNUSUAL! I am gonna have to reread it after I internalize some of the messages I already got from here.
I really really really loved the approach to routines of our lives. Extremely reasonable. Way more reasonable than I've ever managed to think about it.
Katelyn Beaty
My formal endorsement:

If Christianity is to retain its witness in our frenetic and fragmented age, it must take root not only in the thoughts and emotions but also in the daily lives and even bodies of those who call Christ Lord. Tish Harrison Warren has beautifully 'enfleshed' the concepts and doctrines of our faith into quotidian moments, showing how every hour of each day can become an occasion of grace and renewal. If you want to know how faith matters amid messy kitchens, unfinished manusc
Paula Vince
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was just what I needed.

I love its emphasis on rhythms, routines, cycles, rituals, or whatever else we like to call those things we repeat over and over again. Our lives are full of daily, monthly, seasonal and annual repetition. Tish Harrison Warren sets out to explain how there's holiness and dignity in what we easily dismiss as mundane and tedious.

It's structured in the form of a random, typical day from her calendar, beginning with waking up and ending with going to sleep again. She
Matthew Manchester
Jul 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
There is a reason this book was awarded Christianity Today's "2018 Book of the Year Winner - Spiritual Formation" AND "2018 Book of the Year Winner - Beautiful Orthodoxy".

It's because it's that good.


I want to talk about two things regarding this book:

1. This is a book that shows how our ordinary, daily activities (brushing teeth, sleeping, etc) are God-ordained ways to worship Him. The author will structure this by exploring the relationship between (a normal Anglican) liturgy and d
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was ok

There were valuable ideas to be mined in this book. Things like dealing with our digital world rightly, ordering our physical devotional life, thinking about routine and habit. I really enjoyed the first 5 chapters.

Warren lost me, to some extent, in her chapter about food. I started to find nuances in her thinking that were overly burdensome, in my opinion. Being thoughtful about details is good, but not everyone can think about canned food or the sources of food in this way. Not everyone ca
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Summary: Walking through the common events of an ordinary day from waking to sleeping, Warren explores how we encounter in these ordinary things the Christ we worship each Sunday.

I work with people in a university context who struggle to connect the Christ they worship each week with the seemingly ordinary, and often repetitive tasks that make up their days--answering emails, running experiments, attending committee meetings, preparing lectures, holding office hours, and grading papers or exams.
Cara Meredith
Dec 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not get enough of this book. My inner Anglican appreciates her belief system made real through her words - but my favorite were the little nuggets of goodness found in various phrases. Such a fan.
Bambi Moore
Feb 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-of-2018
Borrowed this from the library. I knew I would have big theological differences with the author, but still thought I would enjoy it more than I did.

This book asks what our daily work and the mundane parts of life have to do with the worship of God. In my opinion this has been answered better and in a style/tone I prefer, by other authors and teachers.
Lauren Mueller
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful & practical exploration of everyday holy moments- I want to lend my copy to everyone I know! ...more
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
An attempt to look at how our daily rhythms and routines can inform our faith and worship. Easy read without much Scriptural support for the author’s ideas, but several chapters still provided me with interesting takeaways, especially for the stage of life I’m in as a mother of a young child. Ch. 2 establishing Biblical routines and rituals, ch. 4 on learning how to confess and repent in the day-to-day frustrations or interruptions, ch. 10 on learning to appreciate beauty in small things, and ch ...more
I am always looking for books I can recommend to my friends who do not read too much. As much as I enjoy diving into a work by someone like David Bentley Hart or Alasdair MacIntyre, I know my normal Christian friends couldn't care less. But this book by Tish Harrison Warren, I think any and every Christian I know could devour it. It is about, as the title says, everyday life. It is not a book of "radical" faith that purports to teach you how to save the world, gives you an emotional high and the ...more
Heather Goodman
Apr 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read a lot of essays and books, heard numerous sermons on the ordinary, everyday Christian life. This is the book I wish I'd written (though, obviously, Warren did a much lovelier job with it than I would have). Warren knits the "radical" lives and "ordinary" lives (we might even say, aspects of our single lives, or perhaps our single life together as the Church) in a way that makes me believe she could draw together Republicans and Democrats. This book is personal, personable, and still th ...more
Jim Cooper
Oct 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ministry
I work in a non-denominational church that’s part of a movement that is famously anti-liturgy. We take communion every week and that’s about it. Our services are very laid back and informal. So it’s good for me to read books by Anglicans and Presbyterians and get a feel for the other side of the coin. Christian liturgical practices have been an important part of the church since the beginning, and it can be a blind spot for me.

Warren is a great writer and a great Bible teacher. I’ve read a lot o
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about what Tish Warren has written here. Funny enough, enjoying this book for its beauty was a good spiritual exercise for someone as pragmatic and anxious as me (she explores the God-given enjoyment of pleasure in a great chapter). She elegantly and with brevity distills great theological insight into the daily spiritual formation of followers of Christ. From waking to being stuck in traffic, from talking with friends on the phone to relinquishing ourselves into ...more
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was such a comfort to read. Life is in the overlooked moments and in our daily routines.... these times ARE sacred.... the author offers a lovely look at how we can embrace the sacred in these everyday, ordinary moments of our daily lives. Just lovely.
Mark Jr.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, audio, library-book
Worthy of the encomiums it's been getting. The best book I've ever read by a female evangelical Anglican priest.
Rachel Harp
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
By breaking down the quiet, repetitive, and ordinary, Warren teaches us that “it’s in the dailiness of the Christian life that God’s transformation takes root and grows.” This book both reoriented and prompted me to slow down, so I can “bravely enter a dull Tuesday morning, believing that in these small moments God meets us and brings meaning to our average day.”
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: devotional
A profound reminder that we live our whole lives "coram deo." Our Creator is not absent or delinquent, but maintains His control over every molecule. I savored this book, reading one chapter each day as well as pondering the discussion questions and suggestions for application. My daily life is forever changed. Thank you Tish Harrison Warren, for helping me to reorient my days around the rhythms of worship and reminding me that my whole life should be worship. Highly recommended!
Feb 14, 2020 added it
The last chapter was my favorite. It was also a helpful overview of Anglican practices, although I think Christians of many stripes would appreciate this book.
Lauren Golmon
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
loved it! Quick, powerful read examining the inherent joy scripture brings to our seemingly mundane daily routines.

a few fave quotes:
"Being curators of beauty, pleasure, and delight is therefore an intrinsic part of our mission, a mission that recognizes the reality that truth is beautiful."
"As believers we can relish sleep as not only necessary but as an embodied response to the truth of the scripture: we are finite, weak creatures who are abundantly cared for by our strong and loving Creator."
Kate Hacker
Mar 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So pleased to have finally read my first five star book of 2019. I thoroughly enjoyed Liturgy of the Ordinary from start to finish.

If you, like me, find yourself either trying to get through normal life to get ahead to the 'exciting parts' or evaluating your success by how much you can get done in a day, this book may be of help. Warren walks through eleven mundane parts of a normal day and draws out the ways God is pointing us to Himself throughout those moments. She simultaneously helps reader
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Connecting day to day life with the church's liturgy is really a wonderful way to think about both. As somebody from a different denomination than the author, I enjoyed talking through less-clear passages with our church's pastor-led book club. I wish I had made it to more meetings.
Naomi Bowen
Jun 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
"So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God." (1 Corinthians 10:31)

I think this book is a practical example of how we truly could use each moment to live for the glory of God. Sounds hard work? Maybe not!

Warren takes small, everyday activities such as brushing your teeth or losing your keys and show how we react to them and how we view them can actually be related to spiritual practices and worships. For example is getting stuck in traffic is a recognition tha
Wes Durrwachter
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is a much needed correction for so much that is off about contemporary Evangelical thought and practice. Warren weaves through the average day and finds in it parallels to Christian liturgy and spiritual disciplines. Her thoughts on topics such as the body, rest, friendship, and habits are so helpful.

This book was a balm for my soul. I hope to return to it frequently.
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Do our seemingly insignificant daily tasks mean anything in the great scheme of things? According to Tish Harrison Warren, they do, because faithfulness in the nitty gritty chores trains our hearts and minds for bigger things. This was an encouraging book to read during the covid crisis since it's been easy to feel that we aren't doing anything "important" while in lockdown.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
I particularly liked the chapter on Time, and how we think of time as something to be organized and mastered. Warren shows us how our lives are full of ordinary patterns that, depending on how we approach them, can add or take away from our awareness of the truth and value in our individual lives. Can washing dishes and brushing our teeth be a sacred practice? Warren says yes.
Rick Stuckwisch
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was pleasantly surprised and delighted by this wonderful little book. I had some apprehensions and mixed feelings going into it, not knowing what to expect. It kept coming up in searches I was making for books on the Liturgy and Life, and I could see that it was well rated and well regarded by others, so I figured I'd give it a chance. But the cover and title left me unsure as to what it would be about. And as the author, a woman, is an Anglican priest, I was somewhat apprehensive as to what " ...more
Olivia Ard
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For a Christian, there is no secular life; we know this deep down, although we often forget it. Tish Harrison Warren takes us through the mundane, everyday parts of our lives and shows their connection to the sacred. From waking up to brushing our teeth to eating leftovers and fighting with our spouses, every part of our day is an echo of our relationship with God.

As cheesy as this sounds, I downloaded this book because I felt like God was telling me to. Suddenly, everywhere I turned, one of my
Gavin Breeden
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
November 2019:

Read this again, this time with a student. Provides such rich discussions about life and faith and sanctification. Fully convinced this is one of the best Christian books of the last five years. Essential reading.

July 2017:

Oh man, I loved this book! Warren, an Anglican priest, takes us through a day of ordinary events -- each chapter is about a mundane activity like waking up, brushing teeth, sitting in traffic, eating leftovers, etc. -- and how these small things can be received a
Cara DeBenedictis
Nov 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extremely readable and very applicable. Thus VERY impactful. Everyone needs to read this.
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Tish Harrison Warren is a priest in the Anglican Church in North America. After eight years with InterVarsity Graduate and Faculty Ministries at Vanderbilt and The University of Texas at Austin, she now serves as co-associate rector at Church of the Ascension in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She writes regularly for The Well, CT Women (formerly her.meneutics), and Christianity Today. Her work has also ...more

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