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Radically Normal by Josh Kelley (@joshkelley)

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Radically Normal by Josh Kelley My rating: 4 of 5 stars Radically Normal was a normal book. (Hey, what did you expect?) In a culture where we are constantly urged to be “radical” Christians, author Josh Kelley provides a more balanced perspective by suggesting that it’s okay to be normal for Jesus. Rather than feeling guilty for not being radical enough, maybe we should strive to be radically normal. It’s a refreshing counterbalance to the prevailing ideas of what it means to live for Christ in the world today. View all my reviews   Here’s a brief excerpt to give you the flavor, humor, and perspective Josh Kelley brings to the content. As I mentioned, in my grandparents’ day, all movies were considered taboo by many Christians. By the time I was born, G-rated movies were acceptable, but the idea of a Christian watching an R-rated movie was scandalous. Now many pastors routinely use...

Living in the Light of Eternity by K.P. Yohannan

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Living in the Light of Eternity by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Living in the Light of Eternity challenges us to look beyond the temporary to the eternal; to look away from ourselves to the needs of others; and to look at our present circumstances in light of the bigger picture—the eternal picture. But it doesn’t aim to create a guilt trip about how we’re living compared to the rest of the world who needs Christ. Instead, it highlights a number of biblical principles that can serve as a foundation for coming to our own conclusions about what God is calling us to do individually. There isn’t a one-size fits all answer, but there are some baselines for us to begin as we learn to seek God’s will for our lives. This is an easy, enjoyable read. In fact, I’ve read it twice now. View all my reviews Let me share this brief excerpt that I found particularly challenging for where I’m at...

Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care about Your Status, Size, or Success by Craig Gross

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Go Small: Because God Doesn’t Care About Your Status, Size, or Success by Craig Gross My rating: 5 of 5 stars When I saw this book, I knew I needed to read it because I’ve wrestled with these very issues as a Christian author. There is so much pressure to “build your platform” to the largest number possible. It’s always struck me as contrary to the teachings of the Bible, which emphasize humility rather than self-promotion. The author did not disappoint. I hung on every page and when I finished I felt like I should start over to try to absorb the truth into my spirit better. He takes a candid look at his own desire to do big things for God (after all, he leads a ministry to porn stars and porn addicts) and compares it with the ordinary moments in life where life really happens. God is pleased with us in the ordinary moments. We don’t have to go big to impress God. In fact, as the...

Embracing Obscurity by Anonymous

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Embracing Obscurity: Becoming Nothing in Light of God’s Everything by Anonymous My rating: 5 of 5 stars Embracing Obscurity, by an anonymous author, tackles the dilemmas and dangers of our self-obsession. According to the author, “Embracing obscurity is not about wiping ourselves from existence but rather, voluntarily, becoming nothing in light of everything God is and has promised us. . . . It’s about making Him, not ourselves, look good.” The author is genuine and transparent in his struggle with this topic. When it first occurred to him, he thought, “Wait . . . embrace obscurity? Who in their right mind would want to do that? And what would that do to my life?” He details his own struggle with social media and the desire to have lots of friends and followers as a measure of worth and the desire to be affirmed for the witty things he posted. Service and obscurity go hand in hand,...

A Life of Balance by KP Yohannan

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A Life of Balance by K.P. Yohannan My rating: 5 of 5 stars In this booklet, K.P. Yohannan explores the opposites we must learn to balance in our lives as Christians: discipline and freedom, love and doctrine, zeal and wisdom, faith and common sense, or our sacrifice and God’s grace. This little booklet is worth a read. I find K. P. Yohannan’s writing to be very inspirational and uplifting, but he always challenges me to go deeper with God. View all my reviews   Tweetable quotes from the book: “Even when you are discouraged about yourself, God is not.”–K.P. Yohannan, A Life of BalancePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This “Love does not force people to do things a particular way.”–K.P. Yohannan, A Life of BalancePowered By the Tweet This PluginTweet This   A Life of Balance K.P. Yohannan 2014 78 pages   Preview A Life of Balance  ...