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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...

The Subtle Message about Mental Health in Captain America: Civil War **Spoiler Alert**

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I just saw Captain America: Civil War at the theater. I’m a fan of Marvel’s superhero movies, but I feel a little conflicted about this one. For one thing, everyone was out for revenge against everyone else, it seemed, although that turned out to be the point of the movie: revenge doesn’t make you feel better. The story was intricately woven, even more so than usual, with individual agendas and subplots tightening like a noose around a team already choking on the magnitude and burden of their own responsibility. But I’m not here to analyze the movie plot and characters. I want to fast forward to the end of the movie dealing with Steve Rogers’ friend, Bucky Barnes. Setting the Story First, let me recap a bit. In Captain America: The First Avenger, we see a young Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes as inseparable best friends. When Bucky was captured in WWII, a German scientist...

Learn to Dance the Soul Salsa by Leonard Sweet (@lensweet)

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Soulsalsa: 17 Surprising Steps for Godly Living in the 21st Century by Leonard Sweet My rating: 5 of 5 stars Soul Salsa offers a variety of ways we can demonstrate our moves to the world by living radically different lives. The topics are as varied as eating right, offering compliments rather than criticisms, or trading our convictions for confessions. Leonard Sweet offers his positive vision for the future based on his remarkably accurate read on the millennial generation. I love to read Sweet’s work simply to gain insight on culture and how to shape the Christian life and message to reach the current culture best. Soul Salsa is worth a read, especially if you want a fresh take on living well in today’s culture. View all my reviews   I’d like to leave you with some short (Tweetable) quotes form the book: “Faith is an antibiotic for the spirit.” @lensweet, Soul SalsaPowered By the...