Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home [NOOK Book]

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Sometimes life feels a lot like a burden—day-in and day-out its the same chores and tasks, challenges and discouragements, anxieties and responsibilities. Dust bunnies show up on the stairwell, social commitments clutter the calendar, and our families demand daily attention and care. At times, just catching our breath seems like an impossible feat.

So where is God in all of this? Does he care about the way we unload the dishwasher or balance the budget? Do the little things like...

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Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home

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Overview

Sometimes life feels a lot like a burden—day-in and day-out its the same chores and tasks, challenges and discouragements, anxieties and responsibilities. Dust bunnies show up on the stairwell, social commitments clutter the calendar, and our families demand daily attention and care. At times, just catching our breath seems like an impossible feat.

So where is God in all of this? Does he care about the way we unload the dishwasher or balance the budget? Do the little things like changing diapers or cooking meals make a difference? And how can we use our spheres of influence for God’s glory and our joy?

Whether you are a stay-at-home mom or a working woman splitting time between the office and home, Gloria Furman—writer, pastor’s wife, cross-cultural worker, and mom—encourages us to see the reality of God’s grace in all of life, especially those areas that often appear to be boring and unimportant. Using personal examples and insightful stories, her richly theological reflections help us experience the gospel’s extraordinary power to transform our ordinary lives.

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What People Are Saying

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“I know no one who is leveraging her everyday life more for the glory of God than Gloria Furman. I want to learn about God and grace from people who live it and fight to do so. I've seen my friend do both beautifully. Gloria has taken the bigness of God and laid him into the cracks of the mundane, and somehow the mundane starts to feel big.”
Jennie Allen, author, Stuck: The Places We Get Stuck and the God Who Sets Us Free

“This is sustaining grace, this is the desired haven: to know his steadfast love that saves and keeps us. Glimpses of Grace is not a how-to. It is a true friend’s invitation to see and know the Lord’s steadfast love displayed in every wave, big and small. Gloria offers encouragement rooted in her personal experience and wisdom from saints who have weathered the storms decades and even centuries before us. May you catch glimpses of his steadfast love and find an anchor for your soul.”
Lauren Chandler, writer; speaker; singer; wife of Matt Chandler, The Village Church, Flower Mound, Texas

“Gloria is real! She’s going to tell you about the smell of her kitchen floor and the steadfast love of her Savior. Jonathan Edwards is right in there with peanut butter sandwiches and sprinkles. The grace this book shows us is no vague idea; it’s the biblical gospel infusing the stuff of life—the daily life of a homemaker. Strongly, humbly, and winsomely, this book calls homemakers (and all of us) to walk in faith, connecting the visible with the invisible.”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

Glimpses of Grace is a beautiful picture of what it looks like to see Jesus Christ every day in every circumstance. Our friend Gloria takes the glories of Christ’s life and opens our eyes to their realities in the seemingly mundane circumstances of our lives. She builds a longing to know more of God and to believe that he is present in all of our work as mothers and wives. Her passion for missions and joy in God is contagious. We are excited to recommend this book to anybody wanting to see the ultimate reality of satisfaction in Christ alone for every day of your life.”
Jessica Thompson and Elyse Fitzpatrick, co-authors, Give Them Grace

“We need gospel fuel to joyfully serve our families, and that’s what Glimpses of Grace provides. Many days I unload a barrage of law upon my family, when what they need from me is grace, encouragement, and reminders of God’s faithfulness. I thank the Lord for using Gloria to point me to the glorious gospel of his grace so that I might extend the same grace to my husband and children. As homemakers we can be smothered by the ordinary, blinded by the mundane, living in a fog of routine and fatigue, unable to see how to clean messy noses or break up sibling squabbles for the glory of God. In Glimpses of Grace Gloria helps to lift the fog by showing us how the gospel can change our perspective as we serve and love our families.”
Kristie Anyabwile, homemaker; mom; wife of Thabiti Anyabwile, First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman

“Every homemaker, every mother, every woman, has experienced the disconnect between what she knows and what she feels, between knowing that what she is doing is good and the reality that it is exasperating and seems unfulfilling. In Glimpses of Grace Gloria Furman brings the gospel to bear on a woman's distinct calling. With precision and grace she shows that the good news of all that Jesus Christ accomplished, when properly understood and carefully applied, will transform the way a woman carries out the task the Lord has given her.”
Aileen and Tim Challies, author, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment; blogger, challies.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433536083
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 5/31/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 187,265
  • File size: 924 KB

Meet the Author

Gloria Furman is a wife, mother of three young children, doula, and blogger. In 2008 her family moved to the Middle East to plant Redeemer Church of Dubai where her husband, Dave, serves as the pastor.

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  • Posted July 20, 2013

    A lot of helpful encouragement. What does a busy wife and mothe

    A lot of helpful encouragement.

    What does a busy wife and mother need more than anything else in her home for her family? Super-human strength? Four arms? Eyes in the back of her head? Thirty hours in a day? According to author Gloria Furman, mother of four young children and wife of a minister who moved the family to the Middle East to plant the Redeemer Church of Dubai, what she needs most is the grace of God. In the introduction, Gloria writes, “As homemakers who are made in God’s image and desire to live for God, we need to know what God’s intentions are for us and for the work we do in the home. More specifically, we need to know: What does the gospel have to do with our everyday lives in the home? How does the gospel impact our dish washing, floor mopping, bill paying, friend making, guest hosting, and dinner cooking?” (p. 16).

    After the four chapters of Part 1 in which Furman seeks to lay “Your Foundation in the Mundane,” she goes on in the next nine chapters of Part 2 to apply the gospel principles of God’s grace to such everyday situations as raising children, preparing food, showing hospitality, relating to friends, suffering burdens, dealing with loneliness, being real as earthen vessels, working at homemaking, and learning contentment. In the process, she mentions how God provided grace by sending someone to help in homeschooling her children. Especially noteworthy is her explanation of the problems related to her husband’s genetic nerve disorder and the application of what she has learned from the struggles resulting from them. She writes, “This book is about how we experience the grace of the gospel as we go about our daily lives in the home” (p. 20).

    Bible believers from different backgrounds may not necessarily agree with all the theological implications presented, such as inherited sin, the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, and celebrating Easter as a religious holiday. There is also a reference to dancing. And to be honest, I personally didn’t get much out of reading the book, most likely because it was designed to appeal to women regarding their specific needs and thus written according to how women think. I’m a guy. We guys have different needs and just approach things differently from women. However, women who want to please God in their home lives will undoubtedly find a lot of helpful encouragement in this book. Furman concludes, “We see glimpses of God’s grace in our homes when we cherish God through the gospel of Jesus Christ. The solution to our problems in the home and the impetus for our enjoyment of life in the home is fellowship with God through Christ Jesus’s atoning sacrifice on the cross” (p. 180).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Gloria Furman lives in Dubai with her husband Dave, a pastor. To

    Gloria Furman lives in Dubai with her husband Dave, a pastor. Together, they are raising three young kids. Gloria is an author and she blogs regularly at Desiring God & Domestic Kingdom

    Her new book Glimpses of Grace: Treasuring the Gospel in Your Home (Crossway 2013) is a look at finding God in the day in day out life of housework and caring for the family. Any stay at home Mom will tell you that sweeping, mopping, ironing and taking care of the kids can feel routine and perhaps even pointless, so is it possible to discover God amidst all of this?

    Or what about those Mothers who are in the workplace and who feel torn in two directions between a professional life and a family life? Gloria’s book helps us all take a look at discovering those God moments in our every day routine.

    Gloria’s book is full of her own humorous and thought provoking stories and each one is tied back to her biblical meditation. Glimpses of Grace is a quick and easy read and as a writer, Gloria is an experienced writer with a easy to follow voice.

    And what’s great is, Glimpses of Grace isn’t a self-help book, or a book that makes you feel bad for not having a devotional every day (although this book makes a great morning devo with your coffee) rather Gloria offers short perspectives about God and faith that are already there – and she just wants you to be aware of those moments – those glimpses of grace.

    Thank you to Crossway for providing this free review copy.

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