Everyday Faithfulness: The Beauty of Ordinary Perseverance in a Demanding World

Glenna Marshall. Crossway, $14.99 trade paper (176p) ISBN 978-1-4335-6729-2
In this instructional study, pastor’s wife Marshall (The Promise Is His Presence) examines the practice of disciplined perseverance during challenging times. Railing against society’s expectations of instant gratification, she writes: “We desire instant returns for our minimal efforts, but a lifetime marked by steadfast faith doesn’t happen overnight. Diligent, unremarkable practices make way for lifelong spiritual growth.” Marshall discusses methods for remaining faithful, such as studying the Bible, praying, and getting involved in church. She emphasizes the importance of daily routines and provides practical instruction for developing disciplined habits, such as bible reading and reflection exercises. Readers are encouraged to persevere by leaning on God’s faithfulness, and Marshall explains that being faithful every day can help assuage doubts. She also addresses persevering through suffering, spiritual dry spells, and sinfulness: “Faithfulness is not found in living perfectly but in killing sin regularly.” The scripture-heavy chapters sometimes get bogged down in calls to prayer, but each concludes with examples of real women who exemplify the simple art of faithfulness. Christians will be emboldened by Marshall’s testament to remaining faithful and the benefits of daily devotional practices. (May)
Reviewed on : 03/16/2020
Release date: 06/01/2020
Genre: Religion
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