Rocking Ordinary


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Remember that you are the very image of God, and that makes all the difference.

Most women don’t consider themselves great. Stuck in an endless routine of cleaning, cooking, and caring for family members, they struggle to find meaning and worth in their daily lives. Exhausted at the end of another busy, chaotic day, they wonder if they have made any measurable progress, if it even matters, if their work counts. This book talks frankly about real life, ministry failures, and the depressing side of Christian womanhood, but in a humorous way that makes you want to pour coffee all over it and try again. Whether we feel capable or not, whether we feel spiritual or not, we are already changing lives. This book is for Christian women in their 20s, 30s, or 40s who may or may not have children, may or may not be tired, and may or may not be addicted to coffee.

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Rocking Ordinary

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SKU 744-1
Manufacturer New Leaf Press
Weight (in lbs) 0.60
Title Rocking Ordinary
Subtitle Holding it Together with Extraordinary Grace
ISBN 13 9780892217441
Contributors Lea Ann Garfias
Binding Paperback
Page Count 192
Publisher New Leaf Publishing Group, LLC
Dimensions (in inches) 5 1/2 x 8 1/2

Here are a few of the issues Lea Ann addresses in her book:

  • How do you define success in your "ordinary" life?
  • What failures have been game changers in the way you see your role as wife, mother, and minister of the gospel.
  • What do you view as the biggest obstacles to the influence you and other women possess
  • How would you describe true leadership and lasting influence?

In Rocking Ordinary, Lea Ann Garfias comes alongside you like a true friend and shows you how an ordinary life can be lived with extraordinary influence. A gifted teacher and storyteller, she meets you exactly where you are — in the everyday, messy, stressful, kids screaming, laundry piling, everyday life, and encourages you, loves you, and roots for you as you begin rocking your ordinary.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Introduction
  • Part I - Success and Failure
    • 1. Run with Patience
    • 2. Do Not Be Afraid
    • 3. Reach Out
  • Part II - The Important People
    • 4. The Most Important Part
    • 5. Love, Leadership, and Marriage
    • 6. Raising Leaders
  • Part III - The Painful Parts
    • 7. Misshapen Homes
    • 8. That Painful Past
    • 9. Painful People
  • Part IV - Significant Influence
    • 10. Leading from the Pew
    • 11. Community Influence
    • 12. True Compassion
    • 13. The Time Budget
    • 14. Dare to Dream


Rocking Ordinary is a wonderful reminder to women who want to know that what they do matters. This is a beautiful book to read and to share with a friend.

Tricia Goyer, Mother and author of 55 books

This book is like sitting down with a cup of tea and a friend I didn’t even realize I had been deeply missing. There is so much honesty and healing in the chapters of this book.

Debby Gerth, Ordinary Mom of 3

Review by Kelli
This was ok but not one that I’d highly recommend
Not what I thought it was
Review by Lauren
I thought this was a book on doing ordinary things, but that these ordinary things matter. But that is not at all what it is.
The author talks about the need to make friends, and then gives example on how easy it is to do so. Then she talks about recovering from abuse, and how to make sure you are safe while you recover. Then she talks about how to know if you are being bullied.
It is such a random conglomeration of things that just aren't ordinary. I feel like the title is very misleading.
Women, you need this!
Review by Heather
All too often, I feel ordinary! This book helps me realize how ordinary is ok & even extraordinary, just doing the everyday!
Quotes New Age leaders
Review by Elizabeth
Right in the introduction, there was a quote from Marianne Williamson, quoted positively as something we ought to aspire to in our own lives. Marianne Williamson, if you're unsure of who she is, is a New Age teacher who teaches Christ Consciousness. Cannot recommend a book that leads of with new age thoughts.
Sign for Satan??
Review by Jennifer
Not trying to be nitpicky, I guess this is influenced by the fact that my 6 yr old is deaf, but the hand on the cover is clearly signing "Satan". There is no way I can read this in front of my kids and not offend their consciences. My kindergarten age daughter won't understand why I'm reading a book decorated with the word "Satan". It's always a good idea to check with your local deaf community if you're thinking about putting some type of hand sign on something you're creating. Just saying. I'm sure the concepts inside the book are great.
Review by Stephanie
I absolutely love this book. I will read it over and over again. Highly recommend to any mother, but especially homeschooling moms!
YOU need this book!
Review by Audrey
As a busy mother of five, I spent years wondering how the mundane tasks of motherhood could make a difference in this crazy world for God’s kingdom. Rocking Ordinary reveals how YOU and I have the power to make the ordinary EXTRAORDINARY every day when we keep our heart set on God and our hands raised in praise and worship!

If you have caught yourself looking in the mirror and wondering how your current role makes a difference…pick up a copy of Rocking Ordinary! Within the pages of this practical guide, you will find out how YOU rock the ordinary every day just by waking up and putting your feet on the floor.

Get ready to step up your routine. God has called you and equipped you for His work. Now it’s time for you to kick it up a notch by learning to turn the mundane into the extraordinary. Turn up the volume of your testimony today. Author, Lea Ann Garfias offers practical wisdom based on scripture to help you make the most of this season of your life.
full of advice and encouragement
Review by Kerry
As a mother and homeschooler, in the midst of returning to the church community, this book gave me confidence and a new perspective on my life. In Rocking Ordinary, Lea Ann Garfias reminds us that even if we think our lives are ordinary we can do extraordinary things. It is a guide, full of advice and encouragement, showing us how to give and accept grace in our homes, relationships and ministries.

I received a free advance copy of this book. I was not required to review it. All my opinions are my own.
A Must Read for All Women
Review by LaKisha
Funny, witty and humorous. I absolutely love this book!!! Lea Ann talks our ordinary lives and wants us to think of them as great. Lea Ann encourages us through our struggles to seek God through it all. There is a calling to take off our masks and be real. God will love us right where we are if we allow Him to. Through scripture, Lea Ann shows us how to rock the ordinary into extraordinary.

**I received an advance copy of the book to review, my opinions are my own**
Laugh, Cry, and be Blessed
Review by Amanda
When the introduction to a book moves you to tears and has you lifting up a prayer of thanksgiving to God for using the author to encourage you and to let you know that you are not alone - you know it's going to be an amazing book. That is exactly what you will encounter when you read Rocking Ordinary by Lea Ann Garfias. You will feel like this book was written just for you, and you will want to share it with all of your friends. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but most importantly you will discover that you were created to Rock Ordinary!

*I received an advance digital copy of this book for review. All opinions are my own.

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