At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises

At Home in this Life: Finding Peace at the Crossroads of Unraveled Dreams and Beautiful Surprises


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612616322
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Publication date: 05/18/2017
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 839,581
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 8.75(h) x (d)

About the Author

In addition to being a writer, Jerusalem is also a crafter, former pastor, and blogger. She is the author of A Homemade Year–The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting, and Coming together. She lives with her husband and two sons in Greenbrier, Arkansas. As a family they are attempting to live a slower version of modern life. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Table of Contents

Foreword ix

Introduction xi

Part 1 Going

Chapter 1 Mess 3

Chapter 2 The Plan 11

Chapter 3 Running 13

Chapter 4 Fading 20

Chapter 5 Sitting 23

Part 2 Staying

Chapter 6 Stability, Stewardship, and Painting Walls 33

Chapter 7 Simplicity, Fasting, and Laundry 44

Chapter 8 Stillness, Being, and Mending 58

Part 3 Digging In

Chapter 9 Silence, Prayer, and Stitching 71

Chapter 10 Sabbath 83

Chapter 11 Manual Labor, Restoration, and Thriving 96

Chapter 12 Mutual Support, Starting Seeds, and Gardening 105

Chapter 13 Conversion: Lessons from a Worm Farm 116

Part 4 Spreading Out

Chapter 14 Cooking, Listening? and Marriage 133

Chapter 15 Humility, Prayer, and a Crazy-Quilt Pot Pie 144

Chapter 16 Hospitality. Soup Kitchens, and Lenten Dinners 156

Chapter 17 Widows, Orphans, Deep Gladness, and Nest Fluffing 168

Epilogue 182

Notes 183

Resources 188

About the Author 189

Projects and Recipes 190

Acknowledgments 191

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“In a world where social media encourages perfection through retouched photos and happy highlights, we need truth tellers like Jerusalem Jackson Greer. At Home in this Life reminds the reader that, though our lives are not perfect, they are still beautiful. It is a joy to read, like sitting down with a good friend, comparing notes and saying, ‘Yes, exactly. I'm so glad I found you.’"  
– Traci Smith, author of Faithful Families
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick,” (Prov. 13:12). At Home in this Life is tonic for what ails us. Its stories, recipes, and projects add up to a comforting but instructive lesson in how to make a home and find peace in the seasons before our dreams come true. Who knew that waiting could be so beautiful or taste so good? Embracing a range of home-centered pursuits, from gardening to serving the homeless, At Home in this Life is exactly my kind of page-turner. I loved this book."
– Christie Purifoy, author of Roots & Sky 
"Many of us long for a more whole, beautiful, and ordered life and imagine that a change in our circumstances might bring about what we desire. Jerusalem invites us on the journey she's traveled, with humility, honesty and humor, to transformation through practices firmly rooted in the lives we already have. She offers hope that a new way is possible and a tangible example of learning to faithfully love what is right in front of us!"
– Mark and Lisa Scandrette, authors of Belonging and Becoming and Free
“This book is for all of us who have struggled to embrace the imperfect reality of our present moment. The author weaves her own ordinary story with the wisdom of St. Benedict’s rule, and in doing so invites us all into the gifts of stability, service to one another, and as she says, “cooperation with God in my own transformation.”  Her story of everyday transformation is one we all need to hear again and again.”
– Micha Boyett, Author of Found: A Story of Questions, Grace, and Everyday Prayer

"I love Jerusalem's realness, her willingness to walk us through her own story and show us how it mimics a universal story we all know in our bones: God is good, even when things end up differently than how we thought they would. Her wit, candor, and love of ancient practices woke up my bones to a renewed sense of wonder at how God is at work around us all the time, in ways big and small. Her ordinary life is a gift, because it's full of the magic of God—just like all our lives."
– Tsh Oxenreider, author of At Home in the World and Notes From a Blue Bike

"Jerusalem Jackson Greer has written a relatable, warm, and utterly charming book of theology within time and place. The radical act of staying put with a community and a home and a family is an example of faith and hope and healing for these fragmented instant times. This is an incarnational book, an embodiment of how God shows up in our right-now lives with steady surprise and everyday richness."
– Sarah Bessey, author of Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith
“The author writes with poignant conviction about the best of life - that moment when we surrender our roots to the earth for the long haul. Weaving profound truths with ordinary home-keeping tasks, she reminds us that all is sacred and God is vibrantly alive in our mundane. This book is a hopeful liturgy of endurance, even for the city-dweller like me.”
– Shannan Martin, Author of Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted

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