Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live

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Isn?t it true that we long to see the extraordinary, experience the extraordinary, do the extraordinary? Yet, so often we settle for mediocrity when greatness is within our grasp.

Why are we drawn to stories of heroic triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances? In our fascination with adventure movies, superheroes, and tales of incredible human feats, do we reveal an inherent desire for something larger and greater in life? Maybe what we think is a need to escape or be ...

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Overview

Isn’t it true that we long to see the extraordinary, experience the extraordinary, do the extraordinary? Yet, so often we settle for mediocrity when greatness is within our grasp.

Why are we drawn to stories of heroic triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances? In our fascination with adventure movies, superheroes, and tales of incredible human feats, do we reveal an inherent desire for something larger and greater in life? Maybe what we think is a need to escape or be entertained is actually a God inspired longing…for the extraordinary.

Best-selling author John Bevere reveals how all of us were “meant for more,” extraordinarily created and intended for a life that is anything but ordinary. Here is the roadmap for your journey of transformation. You are marked for a life that far surpasses the usual definitions of success or fulfillment.

Isn’t it time to pursue your extraordinary life?

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Extraordinary
“In Extraordinary, John Bevere does a wonderful job of showing what God created us for and how that applies to all areas of our lives. As a professional athlete, I am constantly dealing with the balance of being extraordinary for God, as well as in my career. This book has shown me that there is no separation between our spiritual lives and our everyday lives. God has called us to live extraordinarily, every minute of every day. This book is a must read for those who are looking to live fully immersed in the greatness of Jesus!”
–Kurt Warner, NFL quarterback and two-time league MVP

“John Bevere is one of the most passionate people I know, and I believe he has truly grasped the meaning of John 10:10: ‘I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.’ In Extraordinary he digs into the Word to show what it looks like to please God and use the talents He has given us. John pushes believers to the edge to get them to launch out into the deep. He lives life to the fullest and, through these pages, will inspire you to experience the joy of serving Christ with passion.”
–James Robison, LIFE Outreach International

“This is a one-of-a-kind hero message! In his unprecedented approach, John Bevere has delivered a book that will unlock the extraordinary within you. I pray your heart is open and ready to receive Extraordinary.”
–Darlene Zschech

“John Bevere’s penetrating and practical insight into ‘what makes life work’ shines again from these pages. In a day when twittering quick-fixes are sought for life-solutions and sound-bite remarks are dubbed as wisdom, there’s a need for this kind of honesty about the requirements for substance to build a life. John shows that extraordinary living is within every person’s reach, but not on ordinary terms.”
–Dr. Jack W. Hayford, chancellor, The King’s Seminary and founding pastor, The Church On The Way

Extraordinary points us to that spot on the horizon–the place that could be ours to live. In his book, John gives us a glimpse of what God has for us in that place so that we will chase after it and allow God’s Spirit to take us there.”
–Chris Tomlin, lead worshiper, Passion City Church, Atlanta, and sixstepsrecords’ recording artist

“John Bevere gives a unique peek into our natural human desires for an extraordinary life and provides a frank, candid, and probing discussion of why–when we crave to soar like the mighty eagle–we often accept walking among the chickens as our ultimate fate in life. John’s book shows us how to reach that extraordinary individual that resides in all of us.”
–Bishop T. D. Jakes, senior pastor, the Potter’s House of Dallas, Inc.

“In Extraordinary, my friend John Bevere guides readers on a journey toward discovering a life of more–more understanding, more success, more excitement. And he shows us exactly what it takes to move beyond an ordinary existence and to take hold of an extraordinary life!”
–Ed Young, senior pastor, Fellowship Church and author of Outrageous, Contagious Joy

“My favorite thing about John Bevere’s books is they’re all loaded with Scripture, challenging you to grow deeper in your walk with Jesus, and Extraordinary is no different. John walks through the Bible and opens your eyes to God’s passion of getting you away from ‘the ordinary’ and into ‘the extraordinary.’ Prepare to be challenged and changed as you read.”
–Aaron Baddeley, PGA golfer, Scottsdale, AZ

“With both grace and guts, John Bevere challenges us to live a bigger life in God–the life we were always meant to live. In this powerful new book, John shows us how the grace of God can become the springboard to a ‘life less ordinary.’”
–Matt Redman, songwriter

“John Bevere shows from the Word that everyone who wants it can live a life with impact. This book hits hard with truth. No more boring, watered-down, weak spiritual life for the body of Christ. Let’s do it! We can all release God’s power and do the extraordinary!”
–Shaun Alexander, former NFL MVP

“In Extraordinary, John Bevere examines and inspires the heart to realize God has called us all to abundant life. Each of us knows we are meant for more. This book will help you leave mediocrity behind and enjoy the great adventures God has for you.”
–Tommy Barnett, pastor, Phoenix First Assembly and Dream Centers: Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York

“Teens and adults today spend too much time aimlessly looking for value or something worth working for. In this book John Bevere challenges us all with the simple answer to questions about meaning in life. Only those ready to make changes need apply!”
–Ron Luce, president and founder, Teen Mania Ministries
“John Bevere speaks and writes with an unmatched passion to see people become everything God intends for them to be. Extraordinary is another powerful step in that process, calling us all to greatness that allows us to max out our Christ-life potential and live a life that pleases the One who gave it to us in the first place.”
–Louie Giglio, Passion Conferences/Passion City Church

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307457738
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 541,547
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculum and best-selling books, including The Bait of Satan, Drawing Near, and Driven by Eternity, now available in over sixty languages. He speaks internationally and is co-host of The Messenger TV program, which is broadcast worldwide. John enjoys living in Colorado Springs with his wife, Lisa, also a best-selling author and speaker, and their family.

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No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT). These words paint a picture of an unimaginable and extraordinary existence, one far beyond what any mere mortal has known or experienced. You may have heard these words before and related them only to heaven’s glory. But in actuality, they were penned for the here and now! For the writer, the apostle Paul, continues, “But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit” (verse 10, NLT).
Paul, who lived during the church’s inception, was divinely moved to bring into the open what had been previously hidden to our eyes, ears, and imagination. He also wrote the following to describe the mandate of his life: My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, who created all this in the first place, has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along. Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels! (Ephesians 3:9–10, MSG)
There’s One Person above all others who desires an extraordinary life for you. He is a Father who delights, like any good father, in the achievements and happiness of His children. His name is God! And nothing will please Him more than seeing you reach your highest potential. God’s extraordinary plan is revealed when we live extraordinarily. Together let’s give the angels something to talk about!
Extraordinary. Just hearing this amazing word arouses the desire to surpass the norm, to break away from the status quo. Its definition is “beyond what is usual, exceptional, exceeding the common measure.” One-word synonyms include remarkable, amazing, marvelous, and unimaginable. To better understand the full meaning of this inspiring word, consider its antonyms: common, normal, and usual.
Ponder this a moment: the opposite of extraordinary is normal ! If we’re honest, I think we all want our lives to mean more or be more than what we’ve known and seen. Unless it’s suppressed, there is an innate desire in each of us to rise above commonness. We yearn for the extraordinary.
The most loved popular films that have captured the hearts and attention of the public involve extraordinary powers. There’s Spider-Man, Superman, The Incredible Hulk, the Star Wars saga, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Matrix, Fantastic Four, The Incredibles, X-Men, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, and that’s not all of them. Add to this mix the movies with extraordinary heroes who do remarkable feats and live exceptional lives, characters such as Batman, Iron Man, Indiana Jones, Zorro, William Wallace, Robin Hood, Spartacus, Sergeant York, just to name a few. In fact, as of 2009, seventeen of the top twenty-five all-time blockbuster movies fall under these categories. That’s almost 70 percent, and the percentage varies only slightly if you extend the poll to the top fifty.
How intriguing that the bulk of the most popular movies of all time are not love stories, murder mysteries, espionage thrillers, war movies, true life accounts, sports flicks, westerns, police stories, or dramas of friendship, family, or life in general. No, the top box office draws are films that center on extraordinary characters doing remarkable feats, with a good number of them possessing beyond-human abilities or powers. Why? Because “extraordinary” is how we were created to live. It was God’s plan from the beginning.
Unfortunately, God’s plan and man’s execution of the plan are often not the same. One of the main reasons I avoided Christianity for years was its portrayal. I, like so many others, saw men of God as Bible-thumping critics who were quick to judge the flaws of others. Or they were passive, backward, and ignorant. The idea that Christians were pioneers who lived and thought outside the box, behaving in extraordinary ways, never crossed my mind. And the idea of Christian women? Well, it was even worse. I perceived that they had no say in important matters, dressed unfashionably, and neglected their appearance. It was frowned upon for a godly woman to venture beyond her domestic duties and certainly unheard of for her to lead in any way. As a young man, I didn’t want my wife forbidden to think and restricted from joining me in life’s ventures. I didn’t want a woman who was suppressed—I wanted one full of life! I viewed Christianity as lifeless. Becoming a believer would mean losing my individuality and forgoing creativity, excellence, passion, and the ability to succeed in the marketplace, sports, politics, education, and other arenas of life. I didn’t know it then, but my views were the opposite of how God created us to live, because He is the One who breathed into us the desire for the extraordinary. Listen to God Himself: God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.” God created human beings;
he created them godlike, Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female. God blessed them:
“Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!” (Genesis 1:26–28, MSG) We were made to reflect God’s nature. He spoke both to men and women, saying, “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill the Earth! Take charge!” Adam, the first man, named every species of animal on the earth (I’m sure his wife would have been involved, but she hadn’t been created yet!). God brought the animals to Adam and gave him the responsibility of naming them. There are over one million species of animals on earth. Not only did Adam have the creativity to name them all, but he also had the capacity to remember each one. That was an extraordinary man doing a remarkable feat!
You may ask, “But since Adam fell, weren’t those abilities lost due to his disobedience?” No, Jesus flipped the mess Adam created for humankind. Paul wrote, “Here it is in a nutshell: Just as one person did it wrong and got us in all this trouble with sin and death, another person did it right and got us out of it. But more than just getting us out of trouble, he got us into life!” (Romans 5:18, MSG). The word life doesn’t merely describe the way we’ll live in heaven; it also means the “here and now.” Jesus not only recovered what Adam lost, but He also provided so much more—the potential of an extraordinary life! The truth is, God not only desires you to live extraordinarily but also has equipped you to do so. Don’t ever forget these words. Etch them on the tablet of your heart. A remarkable, amazing, extraordinary life is not restricted to certain individuals or professions. It doesn’t matter who you are or how you serve in life. If you’re a schoolteacher, businessperson, government leader, stay-at-home mom, athlete, factory worker, hairstylist, student, pastor (the list is endless), it doesn’t matter, because you were created for extraordinary achievements in that role. The power to accomplish remarkable feats and live an exceptional life is not tied to an occupation but to a disposition of the heart. This is not only God’s will but also His great pleasure.
Hollywood, religious people, and our culture had painted for me a warped and limited image of God’s people. Why did I have this distortion? God, you, and I have a common enemy named Satan, who is called “the ruler of this world,” “the prince of the power of the air,” and “the god of this world.”He controls the world’s systems and influences the minds of those who do not belong to God. He has billions of fallen angels and demons to carry out his grand strategy. The sad fact is that too often the church has limited Satan’s chief strategy to certain behaviors, like trying to get people to drink alcohol or watch dirty sex scenes in movies. He’s much more crafty than that and uses a wide variety of snares and diversions. We’ve missed his primary purpose. Because what he fears most is Christians discovering who God’s made them to be—extraordinary people with abilities to carry out remarkable and unusual feats. This should be the image society has of Christians. In contrast to the present reputation of Christians, one of the great struggles the early church encountered was convincing people that believers were not superheroes or gods. Cornelius, an officer in the most powerful army in the world, bowed down to worship Peter and his companions. Stunned, Peter immediately replied, “Stand up; I myself am also a man” (Acts 10:26).
In a city named Lystra, the mob “went wild, calling out in their Lyconian dialect, ‘The gods have come down! These men are gods!’” Paul sharply corrected them: “What do you think you’re doing! We’re not gods!” (Acts 14:11, 14, MSG). When Paul was on Malta collecting firewood, a poisonous snake bit him. He shook it off, and the inhabitants anticipated his death. “But when it was obvious he wasn’t going to, they jumped to the conclusion that he was a god!” (28:6, MSG). Unbelievers said of the early church, “These who have turned the world upside down have come here too” (17:6). Christians were held in high esteem by their society. It’s recorded the entire city of Jerusalem’s attitude toward the church was that “everyone had high regard for them” (5:13, NLT). In our generation may we each live in such a way to recover that kind of respect for the church.

A Journey
In the pages that follow, we will embark on a journey to fully understand the extraordinary way God wants us to live. I urge you not to skim through material or skip around because each chapter builds on the last. I don’t want you to experience what I did a number of times when I was growing up. Periodically I would come in late to a movie my entire family had been watching. One evening I walked into our TV room just as West Side Story was ending. The lead male character was dying and saying his last, climactic words. My mother, dad, sisters, and I had witnessed this scene together, but the impact it had on me was completely different. I couldn’t understand why my mother and sisters were crying. Even my dad was somber and saddened. But because I had come in late, I thought, What’s the big deal? The same scene that riveted my parents and sisters had no effect on me because I hadn’t journeyed with them through the entire movie.
I don’t want the same thing to happen for you with the message of this book. It’s a progressive revelation that has the potential to ruin you forever for the ordinary. I speak from experience, because as I sought God, researched, wrote, and prayed over this book, I was changed forever! As you make this journey with me, you’ll not only know that you were created for the extraordinary, but you’ll actually understand how to live it. Before we begin, let’s pray together for God to reveal His desire and quicken yours.

Dear God, I ask as I read this book that Your Holy Spirit will teach me. I pray that I will come to know what is the richness and enormity of the calling You’ve placed upon my life. I also want to know the power You’ve placed within me to accomplish this calling and to bring glory to Your name and joy to Your heart. You’ve placed me here for such a time as this. I pray this message would equip me to fulfill all the wonderful works You’ve planned for me to accomplish on this earth. It’s in the name of Jesus Christ that I make this request. Amen.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii

1 Extraordinary 1

2 You Are Loved 7

3 Pleasing God 13

4 Revealed as We Are 24

5 You Can Do It! 37

6 The Power to Please 43

7 Grace and Truth 56

8 Newness of Life 72

9 Holiness 84

10 Never Fall Short 95

11 The Kingdom Within 104

12 The Access 121

13 Beyond Comprehension 136

14 True Faith Is Relentless 155

15 What Are You Listening To? 174

16 The Flesh 195

17 God's Imperial Rule 217

Appendix 229

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    don't know of anyone who does not need to read this book. It will definitely change your life for the better, I know it has mine. How much more joy will you have when you live the life God gave you to live? We miss those teachings of HOW, we lear

    I've gone through bible studies using John Bevere books before, so I was really excited when his newest, "Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live," came in the mail. We all look up to someone, and whoever that someone is to us they are great because of something they have done, because of who we are. There is an inner longing in us to be extraordinary too, to be someone that others look to for inspiration. This book is about that need God has placed in our hearts to be extraordinary. Bevere biblically points out that God not only put that there but he made us to be extraordinary! He doesn't put a desire in us without giving us the capabilities to be it.
    I don't know of anyone who does not need to read this book. It will definitely change your life for the better, I know it has mine. How much more joy will you have when you live the life God gave you to live? We miss those teachings of HOW, we learn what God gives us but not how to use us. With biblical examples Bevere shows us the how. So now go out and be "Extraordinary."

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  • Posted October 7, 2009

    Live Extraordinary!

    "Isn't it true that we long to see the extraordinary, experience the extraordinary, do the extraordinary? Yet, so often we settle for mediocrity when greatness is within our grasp." ~ From the Back Cover

    That's the question that troubles many believers: "Why am I not experiencing more joy, more hope, more satisfaction, more intimacy, more power, more everything in my Christian life - didn't Jesus promise that?"

    In his newest release, Extraordinary, author and speaker John Bevere, takes you on a journey of discovering your extraordinary lives. Bevere builds a convincing case, straight from Scripture, for a way of living marked by extraordinary experiences and accomplishments - the life God always intended for his children.

    God did promise an abundant life, but too many people are trapped by the curse of "the ordinary." They have accepted the wrong idea that following God means losing individuality, creativity, and a passion for achieving lofty goals. Here is a guide to understanding God's incredible plans, and how to enjoy a life where he adds the "extra" to "ordinary."

    "I see a generation comprised of all ages, inclusive of men and women, awakening to the extraordinary qualities hidden within. The power to accomplish remarkable feats and live an exceptional life is not defined by an individual's family, education, or occupation; it's a disposition of the heart. Unless it's suppressed, there is an innate desire to rise above the norm. I encourage you to step into the unknown, embrace the divine empowerment, and live your extraordinary life." ~ John Bevere

    If you are plagued by the curse of mediocrity, then you need to read this book. It will set you on a course to unlock your gift to living an Extraordinary life.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 9, 2009

    Extraordinary

    In Extraordinary, John Bevere reveals to us how God hasn't called us to just be normal, rather, He has called us to be extraordinary. Bevere reminds us who God is to us, Daddy, and what He wants from us, to be pleased. But can we really please someone as big as God? After all, we are broken people who make mistakes. Bevere shows us how we can lead a God fearing, honoring and pleasing life, and how to do it in all aspects of our life with the help of Christ who is the giver of all life.

    I found this book to be a great look into what Christianity is for those who are new to the faith, and a great reminder of what we are called to be for those who have been walking with Christ for a month, a year or a lifetime. Extraordinary calls out to all of us and really gives us a reminded hope of who we are and how God calls us to live our lives.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 8, 2009

    Outstanding guide about the power of grace

    Extraordinary by John Bevere is subtitled: The Life You're Meant to Live. Bevere focuses in on the lack of life in the church today compared to the New Testament church. Our churches have become more of a social club than a force of God within the world. We are a subculture rather than a counterculture, and Satan has been able to use that lack of power to disenchant the world to Jesus. Bevere says, "Here's the sobering reality: godly men and women determine whether or not the will of God gets done on this earth! By discounting the power of grace, we have cheapened faith and don't live life as God intended. Bevere uses Scripture to back up his point, and readers will be surprised to find themselves relating strongly to it. Christians should be excelling in every area of their life through the grace of God, and when we don't we fail to fulfill our destinies. This powerful book is a must read to shake up your faith and get the most out of life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Decent Read for Christians

    With a tag of, "The Life You're Meant to Live" you'd think Extraordinary would be something special.

    Alas, it is not. John Bevere is a best-selling author and sometimes that doesn't translate into later books.

    Bevere explains that followers of Christ already have the ability to live the life you were meant to live. Because of the grace and mercy of God, you have access to your full potential.

    The thing that's holding you back is the poor teachings of modern day preachers. They don't want to come across as judgmental or harsh - no one wants to offend anyone, Bevere says, so there are thousands of church-goers who have no idea what they are free to do.

    With chapters like, The Power to Please, Newness of Life, The Kingdom Within and The Access, you'd think this was going to be some New Age filth, but this is actually a solid Christian read.

    One area of confusion comes when Bevere talks about faith and healing. I may have read him wrong but it seemed as if he was saying that if we were truly believed that God is LORD, then we wouldn't have to go to doctors when we get sick.

    Essentially saying if we go to the doctor's for medicine, we lack truth faith.

    I'm not too sure on that.

    In the end, Extraordinary is a fine book with some excellent points.

    You can find it by clicking here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 5, 2009

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    Bevere Challenges His Readers To Live A Bigger Life In God

    As a long time reader of John Bevere's books, I was thrilled to be able to review his newest work, Extraordinary. Bevere's book inspires the reader to dig deeper and seek out the richness of life that God intends for every one of His children. Every chapter has one or two "reflection" questions at the end, that help you to really think about the points John is making. One of my favorite chapters was "Beyond Comprehension" in which John describes the river of God's grace which covers more areas of our life than just our salvation. There is an illustration in this chapter that really brings this point to light - as believers, the same faith that we use for salvation should and can be used for holy living, divine health, provision and many other areas. John states: "We may have faith to believe that God's grace has forgiven us from all sin and saved us from an eternal hell, but there are other areas of salvation, such as the power of our new nature, the power to walk in holiness, and the power to bring heaven's will to earth to meet the needs of mankind." If you're tired of living status-quo and yearn for a deeper, meaningful life - I encourage you to read Extraordinary and accept John's challenge to live a bigger life in God.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Extraordinary

    Extraordinary
    The Life Your Meant to Live
    John Bevere
    2009
    Waterbrook Press
    Non-fiction/Christian Living

    Reviewed by Cindy Loven

    Extraordinary, the opposite of normal. So many times we as Christian trudge through our lives, living and scraping through by the skin of our teeth, or just normally. John Bevere, wants us to recognize that God has an extraordinary life, He wants us to have.

    We are told in the Bible that Christ came that we might have life, and life more abundantly. Extraordinary life. We all know that God loves us, He sent His only begotten Son to die for us. Unconditional love, nothing we can do, say or think will make God love us any more than He does. On the same token, it will not make Him love us less. However our actions and life, can affect how pleased God is with us.

    Pleased? We are instructed to live a life that is well pleasing to God. Relate this to your own children, you will always love them. Always. But not always are you pleased by their actions. The same is true for God. WE can live a life that is pleasing to God. WE can be extraordinary.

    John Bevere's book will lead the way to living a pleasing, and extraordinary life for God. All areas of our life can be extraordinary. We can do this. A good book to encourage us to live up to our potential, Extraordinary, The Life You're Meant to Live is a well written, timely message for the body of Christ. fDiscussion questions, thoughts to ponder end each chapter. 4 stars 230 pages $22.99 US

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2012

    highly recommend this book

    just a awesome book!!

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  • Posted October 26, 2011

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    Extraordinary rather ordinary

    Based on the summary of this book, I really thought this was going to be an encouraging book about living the life God intended for us, of using our gifts and talents and passions and living for God, rather than ourselves. But this was not that book.

    This book was based on theology. About how if we're believing in God's grace and in who God is then we're living the life we're supposed to be living. I didn't want to read a book on theology basics and foundations.

    One thing about this book I found rather off-putting was how Bevere would quote Scripture. Yes, he used lots of it which was great, but what was off-putting was how we would often would choose alternate words in place of the Scripture to prove his point. He often replaced the Bible's use of "God's power"with "God's grace." Personally, I view power and grace as totally different things, though both aspects of God's awesome nature. I don't like Scripture being reinterpreted to fit Bevere's ideals.

    On a positive note, there were several passages, stories, and chapters that really spoke to me and gave me a deeper perspective on elements crucial to my faith. It was encouraging. The takeaway message for me was that to live an extraordinary life we must be living in God's grace and not our own strength. A beautiful message and great reminder.

    I would recommend this book for new believers, or those who want to learn more about their faith or who want alternate ways to share their faith with others. But this was not the self-help book for living an extraordinary life that I expected.

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  • Posted October 18, 2011

    Extraordinary? Not so much...

    In John Bevere's latest book, Extraordinary - The Life You're Meant to Live, readers are presented with an unrealistic, seemingly hedonistic view of modern Christianity.
    As you can probably tell by the opening sentence, I found this book disrespectful at best and blasphemy at worst.
    Extraordinary puts an unhealthy emphasis on how great our life should be and urges us, in the vein of Osteen, to pursue "our best life now". Bible reading and BELIEVING Christians will tell you that our best life is yet to come. As Paul told the church at Corinth, "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. Christ himself told us that we would have to take up our cross in order to follow Him.

    Bevere was very candid about his past struggles with lust and an addiction to pornography and he openly discussed how saturating himself in God's Word helped him to overcome these strongholds.
    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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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    inspiring and challenging testimony

    John Bevere has written an excellent and practical guide here to striving for and living an 'extraordinary' life. Beginning with the plain fact that 'the opposite of extraordinary is normal!', he explores the aspiration for our lives to mean more or be more than what we already know and see. He argues rightly that there is an innate desire in each of us to rise above commonness. We yearn for the 'extraordinary'. He skilfully develops this further to look at the way we reflect the nature of God and sets out on a journey to fully understand the extraordinary way God wants us to live. I enjoyed the early chapters on unconditional love, pleasing God and labouring to know God's will for our life. He talks how our goals will not be accomplished without prayer, faith, and a search for our personal roles. There is a lot to agree with on some people's perception of the Christian life set against seeking to fulfil God's specific plans for their life. It is a consistently interesting and satisfying read and a personal challenge also. Ideas on grace, mercy, peace and truth are spelled out in a practical way and the personal experiences in each of the seventeen chapters make sense of what in other hands would be 'concepts' and detached truths. The chapter 'True Faith is Relentless' is an outstanding example of clarity, of relating experience and the excitement of expecting the Lord to do great things. This is an excellent resource for an in-depth group study and is a book that I enjoyed reading through a great deal. It provides ideas and applications and is truly inspiring. As a personal reflection, I reviewed the electronic rather than the print version of this and did not find it easy to track back and forth as easily as I would when normally handling a book. As more books are distributed this way, as readers we might need to approach titles like this in parts rather than as a single book, but that's a personal observation only.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2011

    Buy this book! Highly recommended!

    I was blessed to receive the cd series with this book and it has truly been life changing. I thank John Bevere for his faithfulness in being used. He has been truly annointed. I am still in the process of reading this book and listening to the series and I an enjoying every minute of it. I would recommend this book (and cd's) to everyone who wants to understand the extraordinary life God has made available to those who choose him thru Jesus.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Maybe good for someone new to Christianity...

    Pros: This book does a great job of referencing the Scriptures.

    Cons: The author tends to over-explain much of his material. This might be necessary for someone who is just learning the Christian faith, but if you have taken several Bible study classes and feel like you have a firm grasp on the Bible, this book is probably not for you. The amount of repetiton gets tedious (examples: the drawn-out story of "Island Man", and the section referencing the author's children's achievements.) I felt that there was nothing this book presented that I didn't already know. That being said, this is a great book for new believers.

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