It’s been a year since IVP asked The Vicar’s Wife to write a book, though it seems like much longer if you’ve lived in the vicarage. The Ministry of a Messy House officially goes on sale today, although anyone who attended the Northern and Midlands Women’s convention could have picked it up pre-release and online retailers might have been posting it early.
I’m half way through reading my copy and will post a review once I’m done. Amanda reveals quite a bit about the mess of our family life in a busy vicarage, but helpfully and humourously puts it all in the perspective of the grace and sovereignty of our Saviour God.
Who is the book for? It’s for everyone really. A younger man said to Amanda, “It’s a bit of a girls’ book.” But I reckon men should read it too. If you are a husband (or a still at home-grown up son or anyone who shares a house with someone else), who thinks that your life would be a great deal better if your wife (or mum or flatmate) spent a bit more time tidying up, then it’s for you. The Ministry of a Messy House reminded me to be gracious not critical, helpful and servant-hearted not judgmental in the mess, and to see the Lord’s work in and through me because of the mess, not in spite of it. Mess is everywhere in a fallen world and even if we ever get duped into thinking we’re on top of it, more mess emerges. God does not call us to make everything perfect before we relax and become more godly, but to be godly as we cope and grow. Men, don’t be scared to be seen reading this book on the tube.