The God of the Mundane: Reflections on Ordinary Life for Ordinary People, by Matthew B. Redmond
Second Edition, endorsed by Jared Wilson, Scott Sauls, Jeremy Writebol, Aaron Armstrong, and more.
You’ve heard the message. “If you really loved God, you would be totally committed—do something big, sell your belongings, maybe become a missionary.” Matt Redmond has preached it himself. But here he simply asks: What about the rest of us?
Through stories of pastors, plumbers, dental hygienists, and stay-at-home moms, Matt finds grace and mercy in chicken fingers, classic films, and smiles from strangers. Ultimately, he convicts us of what he has learned himself…
There is a God of the mundane, and our life is not about what we do for him. It’s about what he does for us.
“Matt Redmond has done us a wonderful service in infusing the ordinary with glory.”
— Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Spurgeon College; author, The Imperfect Disciple
“Of all the books written to help us reconnect with this vital reality, I cannot think of a better and more life-giving one.”
— Scott Sauls, senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church; author, Jesus Outside the Lines
— Jared C. Wilson, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Ministry, Spurgeon College; author, The Imperfect of Disciple
“If anyone is looking for biblical proof that God does His best work in the ordinary, simple, no-fanfare places of life, we need look no further than the life of Christ Himself. Hailing from an obscure, unrecognized town, born to a young and mostly unseen couple, working a blue-collar job, and teaching all those parables featuring the simple stuff of life, Christ demonstrated that God chooses and even delights in ‘the weak things’ as a primary means by which to save the world. Of all the books written to help us reconnect with this vital reality, I cannot think of a better and more life-giving one than The God of the Mundane.”
— Scott Sauls, senior pastor, Christ Presbyterian Church; author of several books, including Jesus Outside the Lines and A Gentle Answer
“Often I’m seduced by the glam, glitter, and glory of the epic life. I’m induced to be an Influencer. When I miss the mark, I’m deflated with the ‘what-if’s’ of my little life. Thankfully, Matt Redmond shakes me out of the lies of chasing the ‘boastful pride of life’ and brings me to a God who calls us to the ordinary glories found only in Him. This book will help you see that glorious God as well.”
— Jeremy Writebol, lead campus pastor, Woodside Bible Church; executive director, Gospel-Centered Discipleship
“Too often we act as though living a quiet and godly life is a sad concession, rather than a high aspiration (1 Thess. 4:11). The God of the Mundane helps us recapture a biblical vision of the ‘ordinary’ Christian life in a way that I pray will resonate deep within its readers.”
— Aaron Armstrong, Brand Manager, The Gospel Project; author, Epic, and Awaiting a Savior
“At a time when we are encouraged to believe that the next revival is just around the corner if we try hard enough, or that we are wasting our lives if we are not ‘making a significant impact’; and in a contemporary culture where the biggest and best demand our adulation and aspirations, Redmond’s book comes as a breath of fresh air.
“Founded on Scripture and steeped in reality, this book reminds us that we have been listening to the wrong story. God’s extraordinary grace is seen through, not in spite of, the ordinariness of life. Perhaps, just as we need to redeem the word ‘secular’ and develop a more earthy spirituality, it is time also to honor God, the ‘Creator Mundi,’ by choosing to live well in the mundane world He has created for us and inhabits with us.”
— Dr. David J. Montgomery, Associate Regional Secretary, IFES Europe (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students)
“Matthew B. Redmond recognizes that most of us have always lived mundane lives, are living mundane lives, and will always live mundane lives. And he knows we need encouragement. Matt’s common sense, personal credibility, and winsome wit make this book about celebrating the ordinary and makes an extraordinary contribution to our understanding of the Jesus-shaped life.”
— Chaplain Mike Mercer, lead writer at InternetMonk.com, author, Walking Home Together: Spiritual Guidance and Practical Advice for the End of Life, and Show Me the Path: Cultivating a Life of Discernment
“Deep calls to deep across the pages of The God of the Mundane. Matt Redmond’s meek, considered prose affirms the deep desire so many of us harbor: to live quietly, faithfully while the rest of the world grows louder. Can we actually shape our world without seizing the spotlight? Redmond reminds us that, with the God of the mundane, all things are possible.”
— Aarik Danielsen, Fathom Magazine columnist
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I read The God of the Mundane this afternoon. This little book is better than most theological works I’ve read in the last 40 years.
— Chris Hanna on Facebook