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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: ivp; First edition (18 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 178359005X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1783590056
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 1.1 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book takes an honest, realistic and humorous look at the common misconception that ministry and perfection are somehow synonymous. 'The Ministry of a Messy House' reminds us that we are actually far messier than we realize but our perfect Saviour delights to work through us for His glory. --Jane McNabb, Minister's Wife, conference speaker and author

Encouraging, practical, humorous and warm: this book is a gem and a wonderful affirmation of the grace of Christ that works in and not despite our mess. --Emma Scrivener, writer and speaker

We can't escape mess. However organised we are, the laundry is never done, the children aren't clean for long, church relationships are often frayed and our hearts are messed up with sin. Shot through with practical resources and biblical truth, this book reminds us with refreshing honesty how God wants to tackle the mess in our hearts. And the rest of the mess? He'll use it to display his grace, teach us to trust him, and reveal him to others. Highly recommended. --Elizabeth McQuoid, author of 'The Amazing Cross' and 'The Transforming Trinity'

About the Author

Amanda Robbie blogs and tweets at The Vicar's Wife She has lived in South East Asia where she designed and built sewage works. She is married to Neil, a Scotsman and a church minister, and they live in the West Midlands with their three growing children, a cat, a goldfish and a rodent, along with a couple of lodgers

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ED Farr on 30 Dec. 2013
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I think this book has been written especially for me and my family and I suspect my Church family would agree!

As a Reader in a benefice, whose Ministry Action Plan is to encourage new people into our Church this book is such a relief. Church for many non-Church goers is seen to be a perfectionist state, one where only saints and the would-be angels are allowed to venture - how wrong can they be! But trying to explain that to people is very difficult.

Made up of 10 chapters (inclusive of some really useful appendices) with hints and tips dotted through for the reader, this book guides the reader safely through the muddle of mess that can happen within a Church service. With coping tips and comforting points that the mistakes that are made during a service by either the technology being used, the clergy/laity who are leading the service or even those in the pews are not "...a surprise to God who says he will build his Church" (pge 84)

This is comforting to the Reader who, at the end of the Crib Service in December found people leaving the service - albeit very happy - before the service had actually finished!

Initially my heart sank at this apparently "perfect" self-help book. A book written by someone who is in the idyllic Church where everyone is friendly and all the children silent in the correct places...and the examples of errors, used to beat the reader over the head with. How wrong was I? It manages to achieve humour, wisdom and reassurance of Gods love when everything else is falling apart. I love the story of the Vicar who dashes into his home before the Church service begins to grab some bread before the service begins, only to get to the point of consecration to find that those two particular slices of bread have been buttered.

A must for everyones bedside table (forget the bookshelf) and buy copies for your clergy, Churchwardens, Sunday school teachers and simply anyone else you can think of!
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5 star. Very practical and encouraging with a good sense of humour. I have taken as away lots of ideas to share with my household.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By catloverjean on 1 April 2014
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Sorry, bought this as a present for someone else so did not really read it - just flicked through it
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Grace and giggles 19 Mar. 2014
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Great book, full of Grace and giggles. Recommended it to my bible study mums group. Thank you, lovely godly book!
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