The Pleasure of God: Finding Grace in the Ordinary by: J. Ellsworth Kalas

The Pleasure of God: Finding Grace in the OrdinaryThe Pleasure of God: Finding Grace in the Ordinary by J. Ellsworth Kalas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rating 3.5 Stars

Taking the common things of life from eating to walking, the mundane of what we do every day and to know and to live it to God’s pleasure.

Each 23 chapters reflect how we in our everyday activities see God in the ordinary. Knowing God’s pleasure is not always the Red Sea experience but the little things that we do every day. In our relationships and in our solitude. Each chapter ends with a brief promise that is intentional in “feeling” God’s pleasure.

It is a great reminder to reflect on what really matters. With a deluge of information, we can easily overload and not enjoy what God has given. It is a reminder of what do I value? We are easily prone to wander.

There is indeed some wisdom in this devotional that reflects simplicity and the value of being aware of smelling the roses however, the only fault I have is the devotional assumes the Gospel. We have great joy because of what Christ has done. There is nothing of that in this devotional. Some of the following quotes would have been great starters to reflect on the Gospel more deeply.

Some of the quotes that I found helpful are as follows:

One of the substantial benefits of learning is that it requires humility. Learning begins by confessing that someone knows more than we do. The person learns best and most who approaches the teacher most humbly.

The truth would be in a sea of irrelevance.

Love is not a convenience but a commitment. Love, of itself, is not necessarily good. Love is shaped by many forces-heredity, upbringing, experience, learning and acquired taste.

Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.

Time is a piece of our very self. It is, as we so often say and need continually to realize, our only irreplaceable resource.

When someone doesn’t know how to give, that person’s wealth becomes curse.

If I think I deserve what is given to me, the giver ceases to be a giver and becomes a payer.

I find that a reflection on the mundane is good for the soul and brings us to the gospel.

A Special thank you to Westminster John Knox Press and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

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