I was in the mother’s lounge at church, like I have been many many times before. I was busy being a Mom with my second child just doing the usual routine. Feeding, changing, burping, trying to find a quite place, who knows really it’s all a blur.
Often there are Mom’s coming and going, I usually strike up some small chit chat. Talk about their baby, life as a mom, their cute shoes, whatever. I really just need to talk to an adult some days. One day there was an unfamiliar face in the rocking chair. A new member had moved into our ward boundaries. I asked her a simple question and before I knew it we were friends. Not the “I see you at church every week and say Hi” kinda friends. The friends where you just click. You don’t have to work hard at establishing a relationship, its easy. They can come over right after your kids dumped all the toys and you don’t feel the need to apologize for the mess. They get it.
Rocking Ordinary, is that friend.
I’m not a super avid reader but I have read books that I could not put down. Books that shared wonderful information. Books that I enjoyed the story or even just the style of writing. I have cried reading stories but this one was different.
When I read Rocking Ordinary I made a friend with Lea Ann. I connected with her. Her experiences, heartaches and challenges. I found similarities in our lives. Commonalities despite our differences. We don’t live in the same country. We don’t attend the same church. We don’t have many similar experiences. I am still a new Mom. None of those seemed to matter. She wrote a book that was able to connect with me, challenge me and provide relief?
Isn’t that what friendship is about?
Lea Ann is a very talented writer but this book is more. She typed the words but she was lead while she wrote her book. She healed in this book. You can feel it. It’s not everyday you meet someone that lets you into their life and meets you where you are to lift you. There is something here for everyone.
Most of you know that I am a Christian, specifically I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Rocking Ordinary is a Christian book, I loved how Lea Ann sought out Christ and was able to lean on him to lift her up. I do the same in my own life so we were able to connect on our similarities.I love when I can find a common ground with people of other faiths. That is what Jesus would do.
As an LDS member there were a couple of things contained that were foreign to me. A couple of things that I don’t agree with or have a different view point on. Differences aren’t a bad thing. Just as friends aren’t all the same. Who wants to hang out with people exactly like themselves? That would get boring fast. We need friends that are different than us. Friendships change you. They can challenge you, help you see things different and help you along your journey. Thanks Lea Ann for widening my perspective. I didn’t expect to grow in understanding as much as I have.
One of the foreign concepts was the word minister. Its a great word but for the first half of the book it just didn’t jive with me. A Minister is a position of authority, a leader of a church. Maybe even a scholar. I am not a Minister. I just couldn’t swallow the responsibilities of a Minister. It was huge compared to how I see myself. I am a simple person who often feels mediocre. I do things but I have never done anything major.
I teach my family and have taught youth groups. I serve in visiting teaching and I plan Relief Society activities. I have delivered meals to those in need (sometimes fully cooked and not burnt…) I have conversed with many and tried to be kind. I have woken up in the middle of the night to clean sheets and bathe kids. I serve when the opportunity presents itself. I strive to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost and follow the direction given. Often I am led to more chances to serve. These are all small seemingly minuscule actions. Just ordinary or so I thought.
Once I realized Lea Ann’s definition was different than mine then things made much more sense. After my read I have come to the conclusion that I do minister. Minister is a verb! I never really understood that previously. I can act as a minister as I serve, love and teach those around me.
Little by little major things happen and I have participated in some of these experiences. I am so glad I read this book! I needed to see myself in a different light and I needed a friend to point it out.
I am so glad that I can introduce you to this book. Rocking Ordinary releases July 1, however you can pre-order it now. Take the leap and say “Hi” to a new friend. I guarantee you will come away from this book a better person.
I am far more than ordinary and so are you!
I received an advance copy to review the book, my opinions are my own.
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