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Ordinary on Purpose: Surrendering Perfect and Discovering Beauty amid the Rubble

Ordinary on Purpose: Surrendering Perfect and Discovering Beauty amid the Rubble

by Mikala MD Albertson


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Beauty is Found in the Ordinary

The world is shouting at us to be more. Strive. Achieve. Overachieve. Never stop pushing. As a family practice doctor, wife, and mother, Mikala Albertson appeared to be living a "perfect" life, but really her whole world was falling apart. Married seven years to an alcohol and drug addict while raising two young children and finishing residency, Mikala eventually reached a breaking point. And surrendered. In sifting through the shattered pieces of her life, she realized she had been chasing something that doesn't exist. Perfect is pretend. And what she desperately needed to embrace was ordinary. A good, hard, messy, gritty, lovely, ordinary life.

In Ordinary on Purpose, Mikala shares her heartfelt journey in a raw and revealing way as she invites you to lay down your own endless chase for perfection and embrace this beautiful, messy life exactly as it is with our perfect, loving God right by your side. What would it look like to stop pretending to be "perfect" and be ordinary? Instead of always feeling overwhelmed and alone, you might discover the beauty of a good, hard life grounded in the radiant hope of God's unending love. Life happens in the ordinary, after all.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764239472
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/08/2022
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 274,239
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Mikala Albertson, MD is a family practice doctor turned mostly stay-at-home mom who is passionate about Jesus and all things ordinary. Since 2017, she has been writing and inspiring readers through the Ordinary on Purpose blog. She lives with her husband of twenty years just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah, and together they raise five children who range in age from sixteen to five. Learn more at

Table of Contents

This Ordinary Life 9

Part 1 Surrendering "Perfect"

1 Widen the Circle 17

2 He's Waiting 25

3 We'll Do It Right 33

4 I Am Not Alone 39

5 Surrender 45

6 My Unraveling 56

7 Sunset Moments 60

8 Queen Martyr 66

9 One Little Box 71

10 Brokenhearted 80

11 I Want Ordinary 86

12 Jesus, Be Near 91

13 Tell the Truth 95

14 For Her 101

15 Making Amends 108

Part 2 Discovering Beauty Amid the Rubble

16 Forgiveness 119

17 Dr. Stay-at-Home Mom 127

18 An Invitation 136

19 On the Run 142

20 Just One More 147

21 Our Very Fine House 152

22 This Perfect Stranger 157

23 Uncurated 162

24 Not Another Should 169

25 A New Season 177

26 I Never Knew 182

27 Let Go 187

28 He Means Me … and You 191

29 On Purpose 195

30 The Messy Middle 202

31 It Will Be Beautiful 208

Acknowledgments 215

Notes 221

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