The spiritually vibrant home: The power of messy prayers, loud tables, and open doors

Reviewed by:

Ceil Carey, retired public librarian and long-time book discussion



The spiritually vibrant home: The power of messy prayers, loud tables, and open doors


Don Everts








196 pages


The Lutheran Hour Ministry and the Barna Group collaborated in 2018 to report what research says about spiritually vibrant homes. The author, Don Everts, throughout the book gives readers many concrete ideas of how they can use their homes, despite the size of family or the house itself, to make a greater impact in the world for Christ.  He delves into each idea put forth in the title: messy prayers, loud tables and open doors.

Each chapter is filled, and that means literally filled, with tables, graphs and other statistics proving each point and demonstrating to the reader where their home and family situation fits into the whole of Everts’ project. This is great information which is actually both the plus and minus of the book.  If the reader does not care for statistics, the amount disclosed in The spiritually vibrant home may just be too much! For those who enjoy such data, it adds a great dimension to the rhetoric.


Rating (1 to 5):


Suggested Audience:

Christians who would like to increase their impact on others, particularly using their homes and hospitality

Christian Impact:

The author gives many concrete ideas for ways to have a greater influence for Christ.

Other Notes:

Also includes:

-Appendix 1: Research partners

-Appendix 2: Research methodology

-Appendix 3: Definitions

The Spiritually Vibrant Home: The Power of Messy Prayers, Loud Tables, and Open Doors

About Ceil Carey

The Evangelical Church Library Association, founded in 1970, is a fellowship of Christian churches, schools, and individuals.

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