SAN FRANCISCO, November 27, 2012 – Did you know that every room of your house – the living room, the kitchen, the bedroom, and even the bathroom – is a holy place where God’s grace awaits you, if only you know how to recognize His presence there? With a rich awareness of God’s all-encompassing love, author and convert Thomas Howard takes you on a spiritual tour through your own home in his refreshing book Hallowed Be This House: Finding Signs of Heaven in Your Home (new edition; also available as in Electronic Book Format) and shows you how everything in it can lead you closer to God.
In each room, Howard shows you the surprising ways you can meet God there. With wonderful insights, he reveals how, even in your daily activities you can meet the same God who came to Israel in the terror, smoke and fire in the Tabernacle, and the God who died for us on Cross. But they’re by no means confined to a lofty spiritual plane: Howard sees chances to love and serve God, and sees His gentle hand, in the most seemingly dull and ordinary of places and actions.
Howard explains, “I suppose the book might be said to be an attempt to point out the obvious. Most of us live in households of one sort or another, and moving from room to room opens up to us the very syllabus for our schooling in Charity, which is the only thing that matters.”
So take up Hallowed Be This House to find out how cooking and cleaning, having family dinners together, and all the other commonplace actions that make up the fabric of your daily life can actually disclose God’s presence to you. Your daily life as well as your devotional life will be forever transformed by this unusual look at how lovingly God awaits us even in the smallest things.
Peter Kreeft, author of Handbook of Catholic Apologetics, who wrote the Foreword of this book, says, “Howard’s vision is the quintessential Catholic, sacramental vision. To read this book is to see with the eyes of Christ.”
Hallowed Be This House is “plain-spoken spirituality inviting us to come closer to God and showing us more about Christ in a most appealing manner,” says Alfred McBride, O.Praem., author of Fr. McBride's Family Catechism.
“Tom Howard, an accomplished writer of great distinction, has the rare gift of being able to express profound truths in whimsical terms. In Hallowed Be This House, he explores with charm and wit the sacramental aspect of our daily lives. I found the book vastly entertaining and, what is more, felt refreshed and the happier of having read it. So, I am sure, will all its readers,” says Malcolm Muggeridge.
Thomas Howard was a Professor of English and Literature for over 30 years. He is the author of numerous popular books including Chance or the Dance, Dove Descending: T.S. Eliot’s Four Quartets, On Being Catholic, Lead Kindly Light and Evangelical is Not Enough.
To request a review copy or an interview with author Thomas Howard, please contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239)867-4180 or [email protected]