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When we mistake spiritual disciplines for to-dos, time slots on our schedule, or Instagram-able moments, we miss the benefits of Christ's continual and constant work for us. 

In Ragged, Gretchen Ronnevik aims to reclaim spiritual disciplines as good gifts given by our good Father instead of heavy burdens of performance carried by the Christian.

Gretchen uses this distinction on law and gospel, presented throughout Scripture, to guide readers through spiritual disciplines including prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, and discipleship among others.

Despite our best efforts, the good news is that spiritual disciplines have less to do with what we bring before God and more about who Christ is for us, not only as the author but also as the perfector of our faith.

Gretchen loves writing about rich theology rooted in real life. She is a mom to six kids that range from preschooler to teenager. She works as a homeschool mom, writer, and speaker. 

She's the author of Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines for the Spiritually Exhausted, and a training course for churches called Gospel Mentoring. She is also the co-host of the weekly podcast, Freely Given. 

She enjoys knitting, reading many books at the same time, and embarrassing her teenagers in public. She and her husband, Knut, live in Minnesota on the family farm.




"The Christian Life isn't one of accomplishments, it's one of dependence. 
It's not like God picked us up, brushed us off, and told us to run along."

"A rich spiritual life isn’t something we produce; it comes, but from a source 
outside of us. We were made 
with lungs formed of dirt,
and the air we breathe is given from God."

"Jesus not only founded the faith, or gave us the justification, but he also is the perfecter, or sanctifier. That is not our job."


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