Kari Patterson (Kari rhymes with sorry, not scary) is a beloved daughter of God, and her life’s aim is to please her Father. She holds a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Multnomah Seminary and reaches thousands of women worldwide through speaking events and her popular blog, Sacred Mundane.
Patterson is a pastor’s wife, homeschool mom, Bible teacher, mentor and passionate seeker of truth. She and her husband, Jeff, have two children and lead a Christ-centered community called Renew Church in Beavercreek, OR.
Her book, Sacred Mundane, released July 2017 from Kregel.
What if the key to changing your life–and yourself–is already in your hand?
So many women struggle with what to do with their daily lives. They feel trapped in everyday drudgery and disappointment, in dull domestic duties, and in mundane jobs they despise. Where is the abundant, purposeful life they were promised?
Kari Patterson shows readers the truth: in each unremarkable life lies an opportunity to see, know, love, and be utterly transformed by a God who meets everyone right where they are. Instead of stepping away from real life to find God, Patterson equips women with a six-step practice to move further in and meet Him in the humdrum moments of everyday existence. And when a woman’s inner being is truly changed by the sacred, everything in her world changes too–right down to tackling the dirty dishes.
Through entertaining narrative, candid real-life stories, Bible study, and practical instruction, Sacred Mundane guides individuals or small groups to discover the beautiful sacredness in the lives they already lead. Women who long to grow in God and make a real difference in the world–no matter how small–will reach eagerly for this book and the radical transformation it offers.
Hi Kari! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Kari: Apples! Oranges are too risky. Plus, I’m a Northwest girl, apples are what we do best.
Carrie: Oranges are too risky… I have never heard it expressed that way before but you are right lol.
Kari: Summer! Because, sun!
Carrie: Winter! Because, snow! 😉
Kari: No, thank you.
Carrie: haha! ok then…
Kari: Yes, I’d love both, thank you.
Carrie: Well of course…
QL Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Kari: Cleaning the house while reading a book.
Carrie: Oooo I would love that superpower… and audiobooks don’t count!
Q: If you knew you were only going to be allowed FIVE books for the rest of your life, besides the Bible, which five would make the cut?
Kari: Pursuit of God by AW Tozer, Humility by Andrew Murray, A Praying Life by Paul Miller, Rees Howells, Intercessor by Norman Grubb, and just for fun, the Rumpole Omnibus by John Mortimer.
Carrie: That is a fabulous collection!
Q: What do you enjoy most about writing?
Kari: I’m not a verbal processor, I’m a “literary processor” — that is, I don’t really know what I think about something, or even how I feel about a particular event or situation, until I sit down and write about it. For me, writing is more about discovery than merely communicating some already-conceived ideas. This means every time I open my laptop it is by faith. I’m not quite sure what will surface, but I’m trusting that something worthwhile most certainly will.
Carrie: I am that way to a point, but I can’t journal to save my life. It always feels like I’m doing an assignment.
Q: Why write about the mundane?
Kari: The mundane is what we all have in common. No matter your gender, age, socioeconomic status, marital status, no matter your job or title, we all have the mundane. We all have ordinary. We have daily frustrations, irritations, and inconveniences. We all have drudgery. And I believe that most of us overlook the ordinary in our search for something meaningful, something significant. But it is in the mundane that we are most likely to be transformed, to see God move, to have our hearts and perspectives changed. When we quit avoiding and escaping the ordinary, and begin seeing it for what it really is — a sacred opportunity to see, know, and love God — we will honor each day for what it truly is, and begin to see our lives transformed as a result.
Carrie: “it is in the mundane that we are most likely to be transformed” – oh i love that!
Q: What is something that surprised you the most while researching Sacred Mundane?
Kari: I was surprised to see how this assumption — that the ordinary is unimportant and best to be avoided as much as possible — impacts so many areas of life. Everything from racial prejudice to gender inequality to selective abortion to roles within the church, when we start dividing and devaluing certain aspects of life, we begin dividing and devaluing lives. In short, who are we to decide what matters and what doesn’t?
Carrie: Wow. That’s such a profound thought. I am so looking forward to reading Sacred Mundane!
Q: On your blog (also named Sacred Mundane), you wrote, “Several years ago God wrecked us for ‘normal,’ and we started doing weird stuff.” What exactly did you and your husband start doing?
Kari: By nature, I am very introverted. I like my space, my stuff, and my organized, controlled, neat, and tidy life. I wanted a secure retirement account, a successful writing career, security, and other things like that. In 2010, my husband and I read The Hole in our Gospel, and God completely turned our world upside down. Even though we’d “known” these things, we’d never really known them.
We began seeing the kingdom of God is all about giving away, taking the low seat, preferring others, and storing up treasure in heaven. We sold our dream home and moved to “the other side of the tracks” into a dumpy little rental to plant a church in a lower-income area. We opened up our home and started living in community. We became involved with those coming out of alcohol addiction and even had some ladies live with us who were coming out of homelessness and addiction. For a few years we gave half our income away, and I will be giving away 100% of my proceeds from this book.
None of this is spectacular — lots of people are doing the same — but from the world’s perspective, it’s weird. In fact, our local TV news did a story on our downsize and our commitment to frugality because it seemed strange. Apparently following Jesus is weird to the world! Why would you give half your income away? Why would you downsize unless you had to? Why would you let unsavory people into your home? Because Jesus is awesome, and we finally saw the value in investing in the Kingdom more than in our own little temporal kingdom here on earth.
Carrie: I am blessed to be part of a church that was started with this kind of Kingdom perspective in mind. It truly does wreck you for normal.
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Sacred Mundane?
Kari: I want them to find freedom, purpose, and JOY in their everyday lives. I want them to have life abundant. I want them to discover the wonder and beauty and glory of each ordinary day and embrace all God has for them here.
Carrie: Yes! Amen!
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What about you? What is something mundane that feels like drudgery to you?