Kara Lawler shows women how to embrace the sacred in the everyday so that they can see the holy and the beautiful–and in the process, discover themselves.
Life doesn’t have to be lived on grand mountaintops for it to be meaningful. We can find holiness in the small, moss-covered rocks along the paths of our everyday lives. We can see God at work right where we are: in our ordinary and mundane routines, in the faces of our family and friends, and–especially–in nature.
In Everywhere Holy, Kara Lawler speaks to the hearts of those who find themselves stumbling and faltering and, sometimes, even falling, face down, in the midst of their chaotic schedules and weary attempts to be all that is expected of them. Everywhere Holy is a book about struggles and triumphs, depression and anxiety but true joy despite them, heartbreak and unconditional love. It’s for everyone who longs for more connection with the sacred, for the gratefulness, peace, and blessings that holiness brings, and for the reminder that our identities are grounded in the beauty around us. It’s an invitation to view life as an adventure, to consider simple observation a form of prayer, and to embrace noticing beauty as a spiritual practice. Kara Lawler has learned to see this holiness in her own life and the process has helped her remember her own identity.
In beautiful prose, Lawler describes the unique sacredness found in God’s creation and offers fifteen inspiring insights for cultivating it day-to-day. She encourages readers to make this lifestyle change through the observance of small acts. In so doing, they will discover a holy space that honors God and the lives they’ve been given—and will discover themselves and their unique place in the holy that is everywhere, whether it’s in the woods behind her house or in the face of a stranger on a bus in a busy city. No matter where you are, there is holy free for the taking.
“This beautifully written book will give you eyes to see the God hiding in plain sight in your right-now life. If your life has felt too busy or complicated for God, Kara will gently take you by the hand and help trace the sacredness of your days as they stand right now. Her words will restore souls.”
—Sarah Bessey, author of Miracles and Other Reasonable Things and Jesus Feminist
“Everywhere Holy is the tangible reminder that we were created to look for God in all the places. So often, we get caught up in this busy life that we forget to stop and look for his presence, experience his creation, and remember that he longs to be with us in the simple and mundane. Kara’s beautiful craft of storytelling brought me to so many intimate moments of her life and compelled me to look for God in my own, so that I, too, could live a life saturated in his holiness.”
—Lauren Eberspacher, author of Midnight Lullabies and the From Blacktop to Dirt Road blog
“In Everywhere Holy, Kara’s writing is more poetic and her graceful notes on the pages come out more like a melody than words. Her love of language and seeing things differently has shifted my perspective to notice. And the noticings are the notes that continue to draw me in, story after story in this book. You have just been given the gift of all gifts—to sit and listen while Kara shares words that flow like songs that will tune your heart for more. The way Kara brings her children into the life she shares with us in these pages is how I want to draw my children close as we see God together. Kara reminds us to find holiness right here, right now. And holy can be everywhere we look for it if we grab hold of it and don’t let it out of our sight. This book will give you the awe-filled path to find it.”
—Blythe Daniel, literary agent and author of Mended: Restoring the Hearts of Mothers and Daughters
“In our hurried, overly-connected, under-nurtured culture, we need easily accessible, grace-filled forms of refuge. Places we can show up late, messy, scared, and imperfect, yet still be seen, restored, and encouraged. With relatable truths and exquisite insights, Kara Lawler invites us to discover just how close we are to the peace, promise, and fulfillment of God. If you’re feeling weary, worried, or plain worn out—look no further. Everywhere Holy is your guidebook to finding real hope, relatable faith, and therapeutic peace.”
—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama, Hands Free Life, and Only Love Today
“I have read and admired Kara Lawler’s writing for years, but she takes it to a whole new level in Everywhere Holy. Lawler’s words are both thought-provoking and soul-quenching. Her eloquent illustrations of finding the divine in the every day leads readers on a quest to be inspired and awestruck by their own journeys. I didn’t want to put this book down! Everywhere Holy will be a blessing to all those who read it.”
—Ashley Willis, author of The Naked Marriage
“To open Everywhere Holy is to enter a world of quiet wonder, shimmering beauty, and deep growth. Kara Lawler invites us to see the ordinary—work, family, home, nature—with fresh eyes, eager to grasp the holy waiting in every moment. This book is a gift of gratitude and grace.”
—Laura Kelly Fanucci, author of Everyday Sacrament: The Messy Grace of Parenting
“To be human is to be ever searching for the antidote to our loneliness, the fulfillment of our yearnings, and the satiation of hungers we often don’t even fully understand. In this beautifully written book, Kara Lawler takes us each by the hand and teaches us how to find God in every moment and place and in doing so, leads us tenderly to the only stream that will ever quench our thirst.”
—Hallie Lord, SiriusXM radio host and author of On the Other Side of Fear
“From the moment I opened Everywhere Holy, Kara Lawler’s exquisite stories made me breathe easier, lighter, and more rhythmically. Reading her reflections, I felt time stopping and my soul being nourished with each story. In our culture of busy and disconnect from our own hearts, one another, and nature, Kara invites us into her home, onto her land, and into moments of exhale, connection, and slowing down to feel the pulse of the Holy in our lives. Kara genuinely shares with us her struggles—within her own heart and relationships—and her grace-filled moments of peace and connection. In doing so, readers will find themselves feeling less alone, more hopeful, and better able to see and experience it all as holy. Our world is hungry for such experiences of the divine and remembering that it’s all holy. Kara gently takes our hand and leads right here into the holy.”
—Lisa McCrohan, MA, LCSW-C, somatic experiencing psychotherapist and author of Gems of Delight
“In a world of confusion and disarray, Everywhere Holy offers a space of refuge and recovery for the weary soul. Kara calls us deeper into the beauty of a Father who abundantly surrounds us. With beautiful storytelling, we begin to uncover the wonder of what we so often miss.”
—Kelly Balarie, speaker, blogger at Purposeful Faith, and author of Fear Fighting and Battle Ready: Train Your Mind to Conquer Challenges, Defeat Doubt, and Live Victoriously
“In Everywhere Holy, Kara Lawler reminds us of the beauty that surrounds us every day, when we dare to live with eyes wide open. As we honor the sacred around us, we find more of what our hearts long for, and see that God has been with us each moment and step of the journey.”
—Jamie C. Martin, author of Introverted Mom: Your Guide to More Calm, Less Guilt, and Quiet Joy
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