Romans 12:1-2

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:1-2

Friday, October 21, 2011

Extraordinary by John Bevere

I chose this book primarily because of its name and the name relation to my blog. My husband had read a book by the same author and found it helpful. So, going into the book I was very hopeful. However, I received this book as an eBook and could never get it loaded on my Kindle (although I had been able to do it in the past). I decided not to let that spoil things and found the time to sit down at my home computer and read away. I am exhausted!

While Extraordinary had many wonderful points and wisdom for living the Christian life, that was in my opinion its downfall – “many”. There were too many topics covered for just one book. The whole first half covered some basics of Christianity and by Chapter 9 (which I felt was on of the best chapters), Bevere delves into holiness.

In Chapter 9, Bevere states “We are straying far from God’s heart because we are so influenced by our society. In so many ways, the church has become a subculture rather than what we are called to be – a counterculture.” I did appreciate this statement because it put into words what I had been thinking and feeling for quite a while. However, the book was lacking something. I just quite haven’t figured out what the something is. I would not recommend it to others.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

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