Where is God in the midst of temper tantrums, laundry, and accidents? Find out in this honest devotional memoir about mothering three busy boys. In Ordinary Miracles, ordained Mennonite minister and blogger Rachel S. Gerber gives voice to the grit of parenting with stories of hope. Like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, who failed at first to recognize Christ walking beside them, Rachel learns to discover the gifts and holy calling hidden in the events of harried family life.
Overburdened parents will find reassurance in Rachel’s own story of how, in her darkest hour of disorientation, in the most mundane and ordinary days of motherhood, and in moments of exhilaration, joy, and beauty, God is present.
Rachel S. Gerber serves as denominational minister for youth and young adults in in Mennonite Church USA. She has previously worked with congregations in Indiana and Colorado. Her family currently lives in Bloomington, Indiana, where she is Reverend Mama to a congregation of three lively boys under seven. In between dishes, dirt, and dinosaurs, Rachel finds joy in the surprises of living the sacred mundane.
<p>“As Rachel Gerber so beautifully reminds us here, God walks beside us. We are not alone in this journey. Even at our most lonely and discouraged, God has given us everything we need.”</p>
~Rachel Balducci, Reviews
<p>“Laughter. Tears. Runny noses. Car wrecks. Exhaustion. God does not drop her. God does not drop us. With humor and moxie, Rachel Gerber invites us on a journey and calls us to look afresh at how God becomes incarnate among us.”</p>
~Heidi Miller, Reviews
<p>“With humor and spunk, Rachel Gerber takes us on a wondrous, demanding Emmaus journey all her own, where she recognizes God and returns to spread the word. Good news for other parents needing encouragement in their own parenting!”</p>
~Bonnie Miller-McLemore, Reviews
<p>“This book will put a shine into any beleaguered day. With sparkling transparency, Rachel reveals the mess and marvel of life with little people. Amid a cascade of daily chaos, she breaks open ordinary moments with such winsome vulnerability that I was captivated anew by the holy wonder of it all.”</p>
~Sara Wenger Shenk, Reviews
<p>“As a grandmother, I continually remembered young parents I know and love while reading this book. Rachel creates vivid images in which other young parents can find themselves, but then digs deeper to unearth and share her early parenthood spiritual journey. As she uncovers the holy in the midst of growing laundry piles and disrupted nights, she offers lifelines of hope and inspiration to other overwhelmed bearers of God’s blessings.”</p>
~Elsie Rempel, Reviews
<p>“This book is warm, wise, funny, and full of real-life moments with the author and her family. Rachel’s storytelling and spiritual insight are great gifts that I look forward to sharing with others, especially with parents of young children. An inspiring and thoughtful book.”</p>
~April Yamasaki, Reviews
<p>“In her own straightforward, energetic voice, Rachel Gerber invites you into her world; a world brimming with boisterous boys, plenty of work, and a whiff of the Holy. As she recounts parenting peaks and valleys, she invites us to see God calling and caring for us, even—or especially—in seemingly mundane moments.”</p>
~Hannah Heinzekehr, Reviews
<p>“Even though Gerber gets tired and cranky, raising her sweet boys to know and love Jesus is her calling and where she meets God.”</p><p>“<i>Ordinary Miracles</i> is endearing and funny. It will be a welcome find on church library shelves, especially for tired young mothers.”</p>
~Monica Tenney, Reviews
<p>“<i>Ordinary Miracles</i> is not another ‘how-to’ manual on parenting. Instead, it is an expression of a mother’s experiences in the light of her relationship with God. It is as if the author is drawing a curtain to let the reader see what she goes through each day and how she perceives her journey toward a richer understanding of God through her role as a mother and a wife.</p><p>“This is an easy-to-read book that leaves the reader with an awareness that ordinary moments in life can lead to deeper reflection on our spiritual journey. These events can be as simple as stopping to listen to a child, talking to a stranger, inviting someone to your home, visiting a neighbour or calling a friend for a chat.”</p>
~Sospeter Gatobu, Reviews