The Ministry of a Messy House Paperback

Grace in Place of Guilt

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Witty, down-to-earth, practical book on juggling priorities as a woman of God in light of life's busyness

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The Ministry of a Messy House

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

'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.

The Ministry of a Messy House by Amanda Robbie was published by IVP in October 2013 and is our 14559th best seller. The ISBN for The Ministry of a Messy House is 9781783590056.

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    A perfect mess?

    Messy house

    Messy family

    Messy kids

    Messy church

    Messy community

    Messy meals

    Messy celebrations



'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.' - Jane McNabb, Ministers Wife, conference speaker and author.

'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.' - Emma Scrivener, writer and speaker.

'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!' - Elizabeth McQuoid, author of The Amazing Cross and The Transforming Trinity.

'I knew I would like this book from the moment I read that Amanda had inherited a loathing of filing! This is a must-read for all perfectionists who struggle with the desire for tidy, clutter-free lives and homes, and yet who face daily the guilt of things not done and the mess of existing in a fallen world.

'Using humour, apt teaching from Scripture and loads of practical advice (including some great recipes!), Amanda, in this hugely encouraging book, shows how, in his grace and providence, God is able to help us, despite all our imperfections, be organised enough to focus on what really matters: serving Christ and all the people he has given us to love.' - Tricia Marnham, Bible teacher and former solicitor.

'I spend a lot of time dreaming about being a godly domestic success, as I gaze on the chaos that is my life. I know I'm saved by grace alone, by faith alone, but I have a sneaking suspicion God will think more highly of me if my house is tidy, my cooking divine and my children are kitted out in Boden (ironed). Amanda's book offers me hope in my hopeless pursuit of domestic perfection. Her distillation of scriptural wisdom, front-line experience as a busy vicar's wife and mum, practical advice and sense of humour will help all of us failed domestic goddesses to trust in a sovereign God who works not despite of, but through, the mess of our lives, while challenging those who maybe have made their perfect home their idol. Now where did I put my copy...?' - Lizzy Smallwood.

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Details for The Ministry of a Messy House

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherIVP (October 2013)
Number of Pages160
Thickness233 mm
Height230 mm
Width160 mm
Product Code4238529
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