The Ministry of a Messy House by Amanda Robbie is a deeply encouraging book. No, not an encouragement to develop more mess. And, no, not an encouragement to get super-organized and deal with all the mess. It's rather a look at the reality of mess in our lives (both the physical and the immaterial) and a reminder to look to grace and not our own super-efforts when dealing with mess.
* a renewed desire to get out there and share my life with others
* a lifting of the burden of guilt for letting the place get messy and failing to be the perfect housewife
* a helpful reorientation as to the purpose of the time I spend caring for my family and my house
* reminded that life - including relationships and church life - is always going to be messy this side of heaven and that God's purposes are not the least bit thwarted by that even if I sometimes feel the whole thing has gone terribly pear-shaped
Terribly, terribly encouraging. Well, for me anyway. Maybe it just hit my nail on the head. But you might like it too! There's even a couple of recipes in there to boot. Borrow my copy if you like.