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The Ministry of a Messy House (ebook)

The Ministry of a Messy House ebook

Grace in place of guilt

It's God's grace that matters, not our flawless performance or impressive presentation.

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'To love one's neighbour messy makes.' So writes Amanda Robbie's father in the poem at the start of this book.

Messy is OK, even in a world gone mad with perfectionism. The author looks at 'messy' in the context of home, family, children, church, community, meals and celebrations. As someone who has lived in eight homes in four cities and one town, spread across three countries, in the course of her married life, she has had to reassess her priorities regularly and work out what really matters in life.

From studying the Scriptures, Amanda has discovered that it's God's grace that matters, not our flawless performance or impressive presentation. In fact - dare we say it? - it's OK to do things imperfectly and even fail. Yes, honestly.

This book will lift the burden of guilt from your sagging shoulders. It will free you up to enjoy serving God, imperfectly by this world's standards, but in a way that pleases our heavenly Father.

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  • Poem
  • Introduction
  • 1. A perfect mess?
  • 2. Messy house
  • 3. Messy family
  • 4. Messy kids
  • 5. Messy church
  • 6. Messy community
  • 7. Messy meals
  • 8. Messy celebrations
  • Appendix


Contributors Amanda Robbie
ISBN 9781783590360
Format eBook
First published October 2013
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher IVP

Jane McNabb

minister's wife, conference speaker and author

This book takes an honest, realistic and humorous look at the common misconception that ministry and perfection are somehow synonymous. ‘The Ministry of a Messy House’ reminds us that we are actually far messier than we realize but our perfect Saviour delights to work through us for His glory.

Emma Scrivener

writer and speaker

Encouraging, practical, humorous and warm: this book is a gem and a wonderful affirmation of the grace of Christ that works in and not despite our mess.

Elizabeth McQuoid

author of The Amazing Cross and The Transforming Trinity

We can’t escape mess. However organised we are, the laundry is never done, the children aren’t clean for long, church relationships are often frayed and our hearts are messed up with sin. Shot through with practical resources and biblical truth, this book reminds us with refreshing honesty how God wants to tackle the mess in our hearts. And the rest of the mess? He’ll use it to display his grace, teach us to trust him, and reveal him to others. Highly recommended!

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