Noticing is not the end, however. Inviting God into your ordinary requires shedding the security of minding your own business. Ministry can’t happen if you maintain a safe distance from discomfort. Martin encourages readers to invite others into their lives, not with fanfare but with humility. Because the moments you expect to be monumental usually aren’t the ones with lasting significance. God speaks to us through whispers in our everyday lives.
In The Ministry of Ordinary Places, Martin shares snapshots of her life—the hilarious, the frightening, and the deeply touching. Her stories of close encounters with our suffering Christian neighbors are certainly a wake-up call. A Whopper Extra-Value Meal, gluten-free macaroni munched in an unfinished basement and zealous thrift shopping never seemed so beautiful before this book.