Earth Filled with Heaven (Book Review)

After listening to Skye Jethani’s interview with Aaron Damiani on his book I knew I wanted to read it. I was excited to see it as an option to review for Moody Publishing. I received a copy to read, and the following is my review.

This book reminded me of Lauren Winner’s Mudhouse Sabbath It is a beautiful book that offers practices from Judaism that add depth and richness to the Christian faith. (Side note the chapter on mourning is worth the price of the book.) Damiani’s book translated liturgical practices and meaning with an invitation for everyone to add more rhythm and beauty to their life by adopting them into daily life. As someone who grew up Catholic with high liturgy and practices, I appreciated the way Damiani shines light on meaning and adaptation for all to enjoy practices that have been in place for much of Church history.

Damiani does a lovely job painting a picture of how liturgical practices can help all of us see God and experience Him more in our daily lives.

Life is filled with signs alerting us to a good, true, and beautiful Savior who is behind and above all reality.

Aaron Damiani

In my own life I have experienced a depth of appreciation and a healthy slowing down by participating in various parts of the liturgical calendar: Advent, Lent, Eastertide, and Christmas tide. I had thrown off much off the liturgical life when I became part of low church tradition. Exploring these rhythms and traditions over the years has added a richness to the year and holidays. Damiani examines other liturgical traditions and creates a banquet for those who worship in non-liturgical ways to come and eat. He argues that liturgical practices give one a consistent lens to see God and view the world in everchanging times. This paired along with Damiani’s own story makes this book very approachable.

When we see the world as created and redeemed by God, we see it sacramentally. Our world, fallen and broken though it may be, is crammed with the glory of God. Even in the darkest corners, a hidden lamp shines.

Aaron Damiani

I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn of liturgical practices. This is a simple and practical read. I also recommend to anyone looking to add more depth and rhythm to their days and years. There is something for everyone in this book even if it is better understanding our brothers and sisters in a higher liturgical traditions.

** I was given a copy to review for Moody Publishers.


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