I was anxious to read this book. I am the stay-at-home mom Redmond mentions in the Introduction. My anticipation grew as I finished the Introduction and sympathized with Redmond’s plight as part of the “mundane” world he wrote for. Redmond handles language skillfully and asks weighty questions that beg to be answered.

While I felt that Redmond had a great point, his brevity (less than 75 pages) often left me feeling that he had not fully made his case: I still had many unanswered questions, there were facets to the dilemma that were not addressed.  Several chapters were almost entirely story with little commentary to accompany them.

Yet in each chapter Redmond corrals a valuable truth. From pushing back the Fall to living each moment in the Kingdom of God and giving cup-of-cold-water smiles, Redmond validates the spiritual worth of ordinary lives. The last chapter is particularly strong: “This little book is not a call to do nothing. It is a call to be faithful right where you are, regardless of how mundane that place is. The need is to go full bore, with wild willingness, into a life full of the mundane, armed to the teeth with the belief we are featured in the Story God will forever be telling with joy.” (71)

The God of the Mundane, by Matt Redmond

This book was an Advance Review Copies (ARCs) sent by the publisher — common practice in the industry. No payment was accepted in exchange for a review or mention, and the reviewer was in no way obligated to review the book favorably.