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Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  5,005 ratings  ·  825 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 g
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.
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 exam
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!
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
Calvinist Batman
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 daily
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
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
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
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, library-book, audio
Worthy of the encomiums it's been getting. The best book I've ever read by a female evangelical Anglican priest.
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
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.
Sarah Marie
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was ok
2 (ish) stars. I need some more time to mull this one over. Review to come.
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
David Goetz
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
A profound book on how the liturgy of the historic Church--more specifically, the liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA)--connects to the ordinary moments of our lives. Connections drawn are baptism with waking, the Eucharist with everyday meals, passing the peace with family arguments, blessing and sending with checking email, etc.

You don't need to be an Anglican to enjoy and benefit from this book. It's short, accessible, warm-hearted, practical
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's been said that movies are like life, with the dull parts cut out. I've found over time that It is easy to develop a cinematic view of life and spirituality. A desire to just fast forward through the dull parts, or at best just persevere until the action scenes.

This book is a great reminder that God is present in the mundane. It has helped me depart from my cinematic view of life, and embrace silence. And rest. And folding laundry. Tish does a great job of putting Paul's command to "pray wi
Jenny Preston
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religious, nonfic
One ordinary day compared to one ordinary worship service (from an Anglican liturgical church) - what can we learn about experiencing God in the every day moments that make up our ordinary lives? Lots of thought provoking ideas in this book. It's a quick read simply written but the ideas contained in these pages will leave me pondering for a long time.

"If I am to spend my whole life being transformed by the good news of Jesus, I must learn how grand, sweeping truths - doctrine, theol
Clara Biesel
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really, really loved this book. The author puts into beautiful words a lot of the ways in which I've always sort of thought about my life, and its rhythms, while also challenging me to think in new ways, and to live more whole heartedly while doing even the most mondane things. I want to write out quotes from it and tape them to my toothbrush cup. To me bedframe. To the ledge I look at while I wash dishes.
Jana Light
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
2017 read: A lovely, moving, challenging defense of the holiness to be found in the mundane.

2019 read: I enjoyed reading this a second time, though I did skim some parts. I really enjoyed the overall exhortation flowing through each chapter to SLOW DOWN, to take a beat in the dull/frustrating/hectic and allow those moments of life to be part of our perfection. Warren, Jean Pierre de Caussade, and Brother Lawrence would get along swimmingly.
Elyse Garverick
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'd call this book prophetic. It's a word our culture (and me) desperately needs to hear-- God is not only in ecstatic, elevated moments of worship, but in ordinary, mundane, bewildering days. God is with us. I want to buy this book for all my friends.
Dorothy Greco
Dec 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-growth
This is one of those rare books that I can't stop reading but don't want to finish. Warren is smart, insightful, and does an amazing job helping readers to connect our ordinary lives to the deeper spiritual realities. Excellent offering.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great one to start the year off with!
Lindsey Goetz
Jun 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend, especially for reading and applying in a small group setting.
Jul 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
i was nearly tempted to give this book 4 stars, but i was struck continuously by the refreshing theological insights that were so clearly tied to the everyday that i can't just stand aloof and say this is merely a 'good' book. listen. this book inched me closer to the Lord in a way i crave pretty much all the time.

i saw parts of myself within this book, especially in the way tish (can i call her tish? lol) finds mini-sermons, mini packages of meaning throughout her day.

Hilary Forrest
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've wanted to read this book for a while now, and finally got around to it. I am sad that it is finished! I really enjoyed how Tish Harrison Warren went through the big events of a normal day and applied each aspect to our spiritual lives. There was so much to glean from her words. I especially enjoyed chapters 9 and 10 about friendships/ community and pleasure or savoring. The author is a co-associate rector in an Anglican church with her husband (according to the back of the book) and she men ...more
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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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