Average Joe: God's Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men [NOOK Book]

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“What is happening to my life?”
 
Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots, firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we’re older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What ...

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Overview

“What is happening to my life?”
 
Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots, firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we’re older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What happened? All the dreams that once inspired us have evaporated into traffic jams, computer screens, bills, and deadlines. Why is life so ordinary?
 
If you think your life is nothing special, take a look at it through God’s eyes.
 
The revealing truth is that God chooses “ordinary,” faithful men to do His most important work—regular guys like Peter the fisherman, David the shepherd, Stephen the waiter, Gideon the farmer, Paul the tentmaker, and even Jesus the carpenter. In this engaging book, Troy Meeder blends stories about biblical characters and contemporary men to show that an “average-Joe” life, an “ordinary” existence, shapes a man’s integrity, moral stability, resolve, and strength.
 
The world desperately needs an army of “average Joes.” Like you.
 
“Troy Meeder’s heart-felt accounts from both his own personal experience and those of friends and family touch a raw nerve in your soul…. Average Joe reminds us that living a life focused on faith, family, and friends is what makes a man exceptional.”
—Rick Wiggers, average Joe and account manager
 
Includes a study guide for use by men’s groups.




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Praise for Average Joe

“In celebrating ‘the average Joe’ with remarkably compelling stories, Troy Meeder proves that there’s really no such thing as an average Joe and that the closer he gets to Jesus, the less average any Joe will seem or be. Every man will be used greatly by God if he allows himself to be broken and shaped into the Lord’s image, no matter how unheralded his title or setting.”
—Fred Stoeker, coauthor of Every Man’s Battle

“Men love to succeed, and we run from anything that has a high probability of failure associated with it. Rather than heap a bunch of guilt on guys, Troy has collected stories and reflections that most men will relate to—and which inspire us to consider what we’re living for. Sharing from his own life as an average Joe, Troy suggests ways we can reframe how we’re measuring success—and make the most of life. I’m really glad he wrote this book and will be giving a copy to each of my two college-age boys!”
—John Fuller, vice president, Focus on the Family

“Troy Meeder’s heartfelt accounts from both his own personal experience and those of friends and family touch a raw nerve in your soul. More than once I found my eyes welling up—sometimes because of the sincerity of the story, other times because I realized it was me in the story. Average Joe reminds us that living a life focused on faith, family, and friends is what makes a man exceptional.”
—Rick Wiggers, average Joe and account manager

“Troy Meeder speaks prophetically to God’s favorite group of men, which He likes to use to foment spiritual evolutions: average Joes. This book echoes the blueprint in the book of Acts, where God fills and forms ordinary men with a powerful spiritual word for their time as well as liberates them from synthetic, broken male culture into an authentic, powerful life in Christ.”
—Kenny Luck, president of Every Man Ministries, author of the God’s Man Series, and men’s pastor of Saddleback Church

“Troy Meeder nails it. Average Joe is a must-read for any guy who questions whether his life can make a difference in the world. Honest and straightforward, Troy reminds us that being ‘average’ does not equate with mediocrity and that with God nothing is impossible.”
—Eric Close, actor, director, CBS

“Real heroes are desperately needed in our society today. Troy Meeder’s book serves as an inspiration to any man who doubts his significance and desires to be a hero in God’s eyes.”
—Ryan Dobson, author, speaker, and host of Grounded Radio

“An excellent read—like having a cup of ‘joe’ with your best friend and being infused with hope and destiny! I know it is time for ‘iron to sharpen iron,’ but this takes true courage. Troy Meeder dynamically opens this realm up in himself. Going through the study guide gave me the give and take I needed to feel as if Troy and I were truly looking into each other’s heart. We men need to require more of ourselves, and this means we must take the chance and go deeper. After reading Average Joe, I face life with a new focus and purpose.”
—Rafael Olgine, average Joe and safety specialist

“This book is dynamite! If you are an average Joe, Troy will biblically blow up the lie that your existence and your life are not significant. And if you think you’re not an average Joe, then you have an even deeper problem! Either way, this book is strong medicine that counters diseased thinking. The best men’s book I’ve read in a long time.”
—Steve Farrar, speaker, author of Point Man

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601423085
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/5/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Troy Meeder is co-founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit facility for abused children and horses based in Central Oregon. After a career in corporate America, he served as a youth pastor. Troy’s wife, Kim, is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope—books that share stories of people dramatically influenced by their ministry. (CrystalPeaksYouthRanch.com)


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It’s Monday.

The beginning of another week of…normalcy. Life as an average Joe is once again about to start its familiar grind.

If you are like me, we go through the same—often life-numbing—motions every day. We crawl out of bed at 0-dark-thirty to the sound of a screaming alarm clock, then stub our toe on our kid’s “perfect” Christmas gift—the very one that last year cost us two days’ pay! The dog needs to go outside. The kids are asleep but will definitely need some “dad time” later. The washer that sprang a leak still needs repair. The milk in the fridge is sour. The next-door
neighbor parked his extra car in front of our driveway—again.

Oh, man, this is not the life you and I probably thought we would live!

As a boy I certainly had bigger plans than working in a cramped cubicle from eight to five, building widgets on the late shift at the local mill, or flipping burgers at the corner diner. My boyhood dreams never included a mortgage, diapers, traffic tickets, or cleaning out the gutters. Perhaps, like you, I dreamed of saving a life, flying a fighter jet, finding a cure for cancer, or even walking on the moon. As boys, we had such high hopes to accomplish something great,

to make a difference, to live a life that left a mark on those around us. We marveled at men like Chuck Yeager, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and the Reverend Billy Graham. We wanted to ride like John Wayne, lead like Ronald Reagan, drive like Mario Andretti, and win like the 1973 Miami Dolphins. All of us longed to be James Bond; instead we ended up looking and acting a bit like Archie Bunker. Maybe you are asking the same question I ask: What happened to my life?

What happened for most of us is reality. Instead of finding fame and fortune, normalcy and “never enough” found us. We are average Joes, but is that really a problem? Definitely not! So-called average Joes are the ones who make the world work.

God seems to have a special fondness for average Joes. Before they accomplished extraordinary deeds, normal guys like Gideon, David, Peter, and Paul went about their farming, sheep herding, fishing, and tent making. Even Jesus, our Redeemer, Healer, and coming King, started out using a hammer and saw in a carpenter’s shop.

You’ll find average Joes are everywhere. Good men, honest men. They are hard working, genuine, and steadfast. More often than not, they are absent from the great halls of debate, the ivory towers of scholastic achievement, or the family trees of aristocracy. Instead they mow grass, sell insurance, build furniture, drive trucks, manage restaurants, and fix plumbing. They can be found serving coffee at the local diner, selling tires, or pastoring a small church. In our hurried pace we often pass them by as we rush off to our next appointment or event.

I suppose we might find an average Joe on Wall Street or in a government building in Washington DC, but if we did, he might be there only to fix, paint, or build something. Sometimes looked down upon, even dismissed as “less than,” average Joes are the stable, dependable, resolute backbone of an ever-so-wavering society.

In a day when compromise and political correctness rule, these simple men—average Joes—seek truth and have an unshakable commitment to doing what is right. Ask them their opinion, and you will get an earful of resolute beliefs in God, country, and family. Strong in character, integrity, and principle, these are the unsung heroes of everyday life in America.

Average Joes Make a Difference

Being an average Joe is awesome, and I’m proud to call myself one. Too often, though, we average Joes feel ashamed of who we are. For some reason we don’t seem to quite measure up. Why is that? What lies are we hearing and believing about our place in the world? Many in contemporary society want to tell us our average Joe life is irrelevant, maybe even inconsequential. What? Are you kidding me? Tell that to the son who thinks his dad is the greatest. Tell that to the wife who has such deep respect and love for a husband who, day in and day out, goes to work at an unglamorous, demanding job to ensure his family is fed and sheltered. In fact, tell that to a savior named Jesus who chose twelve average Joes to help Him change the world.

Who cares if a man ever rafts the Colorado River, plays college football, or makes a million dollars before he’s forty? That guy may never leave that cubicle he calls home forty-plus hours a week. He may always drive a minivan, sell appliances, and live in a suburban tract house. Is he any less a man?

No way.

Labeled “average,” this Joe is that steadfast example of simple faith, honor, integrity, and character. He is the man who goes home at night to his wife and children. He mows the lawn, fixes the deck, reads to his kids, loves his wife, helps his friends, and serves his Lord. He’s the kind of neighbor who will lend you his tools and watch your house when you’re out of town. You trust him with your kids. He pays his bills and taxes. If he says he will be somewhere, he will be there—and on time. He’s got his problems, and he owns them. Quite simply, average Joe is the very best of who we are.

This book is a challenge to look deep within yourself, to better understand the man God has made you to be, to find contentment in the life God has blessed you with. I will urge you to finally let go of boyish or unrealistic dreams and replace them with the wise passions, wisdom, and discipline of a man. It’s time to make sure that integrity, honor, and moral steadfastness describe who you are. Later in this book I will share some stories of average Joes that none of us will ever see on the front page or hear about on a cable news show. But in the world that really matters—God’s kingdom—they are heroes of the faith, true examples of how God uses ordinary men to change the world.

Before we go on, I want to make something really clear: when I use the word average, I don’t mean lazy, sloppy, inept, mediocre, or anything like that. A true average Joe works hard, give his all, makes a difference. And he does it without whining or feeling sorry for himself. An average Joe isn’t expecting to get rich or famous. He’s content knowing that the One whose opinion really counts is pleased with him.

While the world around us implies that we are nothing without fame, fortune, and recognition, we daily and without fanfare answer the call to perform the routine. As average Joes, we make a difference. The life we are living does have purpose, meaning, and honor.


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  • Posted August 23, 2011

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    How God makes average Joes extraordinary

    In a world seemingly run by exceptional men in politics, science and technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, God likes average Joes. He has a way of turning such insignificant men into specimens of exceptional quality.

    In his opening, Troy Meeder asks, "We are average Joes, but is that really a problem? Definitely not! So-called average Joes are the ones who make the world work.average Joes are the stable, dependable, resolute backbone of an ever-so-wavering society (pg. 12)."

    Throughout his book, Troy writes about ordinary guys who showed extraordinary qualities. He refers to such Bible heroes as Gideon, David, Jesus, and Paul as average Joes whom God made extraordinary. However, he illustrates his major points with modern day guys. Most are his friends or relatives.

    He also uses himself to show men's typical failings and how God wants them to become more like Jesus. With vivid details, Troy brings the reader into every scene then uses it to illustrate qualities desirable in men - particularly in those who follow the Lord.

    He says the Church is ".a tapestry of living creatures all joined together by the blood thread of Jesus (pg. 37)." Mowing grass with sharp blades typifies Jesus's pruning believers. The process has us "standing a bit taller, our sinful edges pruned, the true color of who He made us to be shining through (pg. 34)."

    Troy charges men to seek mentors and reach out to be mentors, to seek friendships by standing with other guys, helping them during crises, and giving and receiving accountability for how they live their lives. He also calls men to acknowledge the Best Friend they could ever have and to press into following Him, doing what He wants.

    In a humorous aside, Troy appeals to wives to occasionally allow their men to live, enjoying tasty, cholesterol-inducing fatty foods.

    In the end, Troy offers a study guide for men to use individually or in a group. He wants each man to share deeply with his friends what it means for him to be a man - good, bad, and ugly. He appeals to men to let the Holy Spirit do His work through Average Joe.

    This book was received free in ebook format from Blogging For Books just so I could review it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 30, 2012

    The book’s subtitle reads, “God’s extraordinar

    The book’s subtitle reads, “God’s extraordinary calling to ordinary men.” The back of the book advertises, “The revealing truth is that God chooses ‘ordinary,’ faithful men to do His most important work – regular guys like Peter the fisherman, David the shepherd, Stephen the waiter, Gideon the farmer, Paul the tentmaker, and even Jesus the carpenter. In this engaging book, Troy Meeder blends stories about biblical characters and contemporary men to show that an ‘average-Joe’ life, an ‘ordinary’ existence, shapes a man’s integrity, moral stability, resolve, and strength.”

    I really wish I got to read that book. That book I’d be interested in. Drawing the line that shows that God used ordinary men to do his extraordinary work would be a useful book to have. Peter was just a loud guy. David really was just a little brother who had something to prove. Gideon was a scared farmer. Showing their stories and then applying them to today’s men would be an awesome book.

    Yeah. That’s not what I got.

    What I got was good, but not what was advertised. Instead, Meeder tells about all sorts of “average Joes” who taught him about life, living, and sometimes God. A lot of the lessons have to do with plain old living with a spiritual sheen. For what it is, this book is fantastic. It reads like a slightly more spiritually-grounded “Chicken Soup for the Manly Man’s Soul.” As I said, fine for what it is – but not what was advertised.

    We get some fantastic examples of normal men who greatly influenced Meeder. Some of these sing. Meeder’s first employer at college, the groundskeeper, teaches him about God’s cutting us to help us grow better. His description of training horses cause some deep thought. Some of the chapters didn’t work for me. He paints a vivid picture of deep-sea diving, but the lesson limped in that particular chapter. The bulk of the book focuses on modern men and then alludes to the biblical examples. I’d rather look at God’s Word and investigate those normal Joes first.

    Again, for what it is, the book is fine. I just wish I’d gotten the book that was promised.

    Legal nuts and bolts: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.

    If you want to check out chapter one, you can read it here.

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  • Posted January 12, 2012

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    Slightly above average.

    The book, as the title suggest, is all about the average guy. Troy Meeder illustrates how God can use the plain and simple to accomplish His will. In fact the author argues from a point of view that God is looking for the average to use.

    I found the simple illustrations of the average 'joes' in Meeder's life to be entertaining and helpful. While the book has a bit of a 'everything you need to know in life you learned in kindergarten' it is a refreshing reminder.

    This is a great read for anyone but I would suggest it primarily for young men who are struggling with what it means to be a successful, Christian, adult man.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    An Above Average Book for Average Joes

    I received the book Average Joe by Troy Meeder in the mail. I received it free from the publisher for my un-influenced opinion. The opinions in the review are my own.

    I really like the idea of this book. How many of us, after all, are not regular guys. Mr. Meeder as a writer is easy to read and the fact that the book is not too long makes it an easy read for most. There are many good points in the book. In the book he tries to guide men to the importance of character (honesty, courage, etc.) and the importance to find other men to be mentored by. This is of great importance for younger men. It's not something we talk about much but can make a big difference in the development of character.

    The only issue I really took with the book is that, to Troy, an average Joe seems to be a blue collar, outdoorsy sort of guy. Now , I like the outdoors but I am in no way blue collar. I think perhaps his perspective on what makes an average Joe is skewed. I recognize that who I am, my interests, skills, and talents are not going to be the same as every other guy. That doesn't make me more or less "average" than anyone else. Most of us are average. Our impact on the world, while perhaps not big and noticeable, are no less important.

    I enjoyed the book. But it may not be for everyone.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    We Can Make a Difference

    This is a very enjoyable and inspirational reading for average Joe's like myself. It really makes us confident that God loves us as we are.

    The author tells famous stories about some of the most known biblical characters and also some other personal stories he collected during the years.

    He also makes us think about our ordinary life and how God uses us in His plan. Being average is not boring. It can be as exciting as being a celebrity. It all depends on the perspective. But you have to be not just another average, but the best average you can be, and God will work through you, touching the lives of those surronding you in a powerful way that will make you feel very special for God. Live your life with strong moral principles and transmit those principles to others and you may be changing the life of many around you.

    Very powerful book, that I recommend to be in the permanent library of any serious Christian that needs to be reminded on the God's extraordinary calls to ordinary men!

    This book was written by Troy Meeder and was published in April 2011 by WaterBrook Multnomah Books and they were kind enough to provide me a copy for reviewing through their Blogging for Books Program. Thanks, Mr. Troy Meeder, for such an inspirational book!

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  • Posted August 8, 2011

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    Average Joe - a surprising read

    What is happening to my life? Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we're older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What happened. All the dreams that once inspired us have evaporated into traffic jams, computer screens, bills and deadlines. Why is life so ordinary?
    If you think your life is nothing special, take a look at it through God's eyes.

    I have to admit, when I got this book I was ready to tear it apart. I had just finished reading a bunch of books like Wild at Heart, Life without Limits, and outlive your life. I wasn't really ready to read a book that seemed to glorify average. The tagline of the book is "God's extraordinary calling to ordinary men" and that read to me that we are all normal and boring.
    Boy, was I surprised.

    Troy Meeder takes us through a journey in his own life - a journey of discovery and revelation that, even though you may not be an astronaut, rock star, or famous A-list movie star, you still have the ability to be an extraordinary man.
    Throughout the book, Meeder recounts story after story of seemingly ordinary men being extraordinary - even if it is in ways that the world will never see. The gentle strength of his grandfather guiding their boat during a horrendous storm, the gardener who taught him honesty and integrity, and the December fishing trip with an old friend out on a lake where Troy learned the meaning of humility and putting others first. Not a single one of these men will ever be remembered by society at large, but each one of these men are incredible and far beyond average.
    Meeder, although I don't think it was his intent, shows us that you are only average if you choose to be and that these men chose to live a lifestyle that the world doesn't promote, yet is sorely needed today: Honestly, integrity, humility, fairness, strength, and calm.

    The author's writing style is engaging, and his chapters are short. This is an excellent read if you don't have a lot of time or if you don't want to get caught up in a lengthy book. Meeder's short, sweet, and to the point analogies and stories being the focus back to his true intent: revealing that, though we may be 'average' as the world labels us, we all have the ability to be a superstar to someone.

    I highly recommend this book. If you are a man searching for meaning to what you consider to be a dreary life, you DEFINITELY need to read this. If you are married to a wonderful man who may not be able to see himself the way you see him, get him this book. It is very inspirational and motivating.

    I received this book for free as part of Multnomah's Blogging For Books program. I was not required to write a positive or negative review. All opinions are mine.

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  • Posted July 31, 2011

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    "Average Joe", by Troy Meeder, A not so Average Guide

    I'd like to thank Blogging for Books for the opportunity to read and review "Average Joe", by Troy Meeder. Meeder takes the reader on a journey through literary experience of just how God uses the what may be called the run of the mill man, to further His Will. As the reader first opens this book, they will find themselves engrossed in how the author begins his story of what each of us thinks about how our lives should develop and grow, only to find that God has a purpose for each and every one of us.
    As Meeder states in Chapter One, "God seems to have a special fondness for average Joes. Before they accomplished extraordinary deeds, normal guys like Gideon, David, Peter and Paul, went about their farming, sheep herding, fishing and tent making. Even Jesus, our Redeemer, Healer, and coming King, started out using a hammer and saw in a carpenter's shop."
    Not every "Average Joe", will reach a notoriety of champion or recognition of note, but as Meeders explains, God is in control and He knows what He wants from each and every one of us. We need to be listening, so that we will know what His plan for us is.
    Follow Meeder's story as he takes you through the hurdles in his life. You will not be disappointed at the outcome. What comes to my mind is the quote, "The Meek shall inherit the Earth." I can only say that the average Joe's of the earth represent the meek.
    Here is an excerpt from Chapter Ten, entitled 'The Test.' - The Responsible Husband - The marriage relationship between a husband and wife is an earthly image of the church and Christ. Ephesians 5:32 says, "This is a great mystery, but marriage is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one." Within the context of marriage, no failure in a relationship is one-sided. It takes two. However, I strongly believe that the health of a marriage is directly related to the spiritual health and leadership of the husband, the 'pastor', of the home. When things go south, more often than not, it is because we husbands have failed to embrace our role in the manner God intended."
    Thank you Troy for the above statement. Sometimes as husbands we forget our responsibilities.
    This book also has a study guide at the end for further contemplation and reflection. Thank you again Troy Meeder for providing such an insightful book, and Thank You again to Blogging for Books for providing me the opportunity of reading such a wonderful book. This book can be added to any Christian Library and it also provides the tools for every man to serve God and his family.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2011

    NO GOOD life lessons in this book

    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher but am giving an honest review.

    This book meant well, but in the end, it's not worth buying. The idea is that America is built on Average Joe men. They are the backbone of our society - honest, loyal, hard-working men with integrity. Your fireman, gardener, cashier, etc... normal, average men with character. Each chapter goes though a "meet an average joe with a lesson to teach" about God, but the lessons are very weak and things you and I already know! So you meet the Gardener that the author met when going through college. And you learn the lesson the gardener taught the author. If the lessons were profound, I would have rated this book higher. But since the lessons are weak, normal everyday things you and I already know, I don't think this book is worth it. All the lessons are barely covered - skimmed over and nothing is heart-felt or emotional when you read it. So it illicits no emotional response and so it is unlikely your inner being will change after reading this. The book had a good idea - to show money and status men with no integrity aren't more valuable than average joe men with character. Just because you have a "lowly job", doesn't mean you are lowly inside.



    Some of the "lessons" you will "learn" but you and I actually already know them, are these:

    - let your yes be a yes and your no be a no
    - a little sin is missing the mark, so don't even cheat on your tax return
    - stay the course, don't go lose focus on the goal
    - have honest, integrity and character
    - the wise listen, so don't be one of those chatty people who always have to be center of attention
    - remember the important things in life - God - and the rest is noise
    - become a mentor and find one for yourself
    - meet your challenges head-on, don't let fear win

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    Average Joe

    Average Joe God's Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men by Troy Meeder is a really good read!



    In 14 short chapters, the author takes us on a journey to reveal the inner strength we all possess. It's really easy for us to look at the success of others and wonder why we must be "average". A great truth that is revealed in this book, however, is that average doesn't have to equal mediocre.



    Troy pulls the covers back on his own life and gives us a glimpse into his failures and successes. One particularly poignant moment is the instance where his marriage came close to an end. Troy is able to show us how the breaking point was reached in the relationship with the woman he adored In the end, we all realize this to be just another onslaught brought on by Satan in an attempt to destroy our lives and our influence.



    I encourage everyone reading this review to buy several copies of this book and give them to the men in your life. The reflective mirror that is this book will pierce the hearts of anyone who reads it!



    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through their bloggers review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2011

    Average Joe is not Average

    Troy Meeder's book Average Joe: God's Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men is an interesting read in our modern era--when we are bombarded with men who are supposedly better than "average". These tv/movie/reality stars, athletes, politicians, and others are glorified to the point that "average" men may feel inferior.

    Quite the contrary is true, however, according to Meeder. The "average" men in our lives (husbands, brothers, etc) can actually be much more than average, when we understand the important roles that God has for each of them.

    I am fortunate to know several of these "average" men through whom God's work is seen every day--relatives of mine whose dedication to their faith and families make them truly more than "average" in our society.

    The book is refreshing and provides a much more balanced (and realistic) view of the life that men can lead. I would be happy to share this book with other men I know who could use a fresh perspective on God's calling for them.

    Please note that I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review, and received no further compensation. I am not required to write a positive review.

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