Church talk frustrates me. Think about some of the things Christian say regularly:
- Believe God.
- Present your bodies as a living and holy sacrifice
- Abide in the Father.
- Practice the presence of God.
Can I just ask a question or two? What exactly do those mean? In the reality of my life, my marriage, my parenting, my career, my Sabbath rest—how do I believe God? How can I be a sacrifice, much less a holy one? Am I abiding in the Father, or how do I recognize when I’m not? And what does it mean to practice the presence of someone?
We say these kinds of things all the time. They are biblical and sound spiritual, yet I suspect I’m not the only one sometimes left scratching my head wondering what I’m supposed to do with these phrases in the midst of sick kids or broken appliances or Algebra homework. Thankfully, these are exactly the kinds of questions Ginger Harrington addresses in her new book, Holy in the Moment: Simple Ways to Love God and Enjoy Your Life.
Never discount small, brave acts of faith that spur you to go on rather than give in. ~Ginger Harrington, Holy in the Moment
Holy in the Moment: Description from Amazon
Enjoying life (zoe) in Christ comes in the choices we make moment-by-moment. Ginger Harrington invites women to discover how intentional choices made in the moment can become holy habits. With a refreshing perspective, she shows that holiness isn’t a rigid standard to keep but a gift to receive through a vital relationship with God, who makes us whole.
Holy in the Moment explores the practical power of choices to grow in holiness without the pressure of perfectionism. Through gentle encouragement, biblical insights, and applicable ideas learn to discern feelings and overcome distractions and shame, adapt God’s equation for obedience, live a praying life, discover methods for practicing holiness in parenting and the importance of rest, embrace biblical love and forgiveness, and understand how work becomes holy.
Re-energize faith with simple choices to love God, embrace truth, and enjoy every moment of life with practical ways to be holy by choosing to trust God, rely on his wisdom, and live from his resources.
Okay, to be absolutely transparent, I met the author several years ago at a Women of the Chapel meeting. Both military spouses, we were there to dig into Bible studies with other women, to find friends, and to serve however God asked. I had already journeyed a bit down my publishing road, and Ginger was excitedly beginning hers, attending conferences and talking to editors about various book ideas.
We got a scant year and a half together before my family moved, but over the years, we’ve continued to talk occasionally via email. I jumped for joy with her when I learned that she had a book contract, knowing how hard she’d worked for it! I had no idea what her topic would be, but after our friendship at the Chapel, I knew she’d speak solid truth that women need to hear.
All that said, while Ginger did contact me to consider reviewing this book, she did not ask for any specifics. I felt completely free to read the book and offer my thoughts no matter how good or bad they are.
My Thoughts about the Book
There’s nothing maybe-ish about faith. Faith is a gift from God, not some secret power we must manufacture on our own. ~Ginger Harrington, Holy in the Moment
When I started reading, I instantly had to slow down to absorb what Ginger was trying to say. I thought, “My goodness. She’s not pulling her punches at all.” Seriously, I read a lot of books every year, and a sizeable portion of those are nonfiction books that belong in the Christian Living category. In this book, Ginger Harrington does not mince words. From the first page, she lovingly yet bluntly lays it all on the line. Her passion wraps itself around me as she pleads for me to understand truth with a sincerity that cannot be manufactured.
She transparently shares different struggles from her life, and she possesses a wonderful ability to combine words in simple yet profound sentences. I could easily fill several notebook pages with wonderful quotes from the book. Questions that made me stop to consider, like:
To tell you the truth, too much of my mental and physical time is spent trying to get it all together in some perfectly performing package of worthiness. What’s possible when we stop trying to make ourselves better and simply trust God to guide, help, and provide in each moment as it comes?
Encouragement for my weary heart, like:
Our efforts to live a Spirit-filled life are vitally important, but we have to understand we aren’t working to be holy and pleasing to God—we already are.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
Truthfully, what I really want to do is buy each one of you a copy of this book. To sit down with you and soak in what God is trying to say to each of us. To refresh ourselves with the reality that God wants to bless us with Himself in this moment. Right now. No matter what is going on in you or around you. This is not a feel-good book. It is a pour-calming-waters-into-an-overbusy-life book. If you want to better understand the gift of holiness that God wants to impart to you, this is a great place to start.
Believing God is a choice, not an emotion. ~Ginger Harrington, Holy in the Moment
About the Author
Ginger Harrington is an award-winning blogger, speaker, and ministry leader. A military spouse and mom of three, Ginger helped create the Planting Roots: Strength to Thrive in Military Life military ministry where she now serves as coordinator of publishing as well as speaking at regional events. Her GingerHarrington.com website is slated to supply LightWorkers.com, a faith/family site being launched by Roma Downey and Mark Burnett, with ongoing features. She also writes for Planting Roots and has written for Guideposts, (in)courage, The Praying Woman, For Every Mom, and others. She and her husband live in Virginia.
DISCLOSURE: The author sent me an early copy of this book. The opinions expressed are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”