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Do you feel that your life is pleasing to Godalmost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?
You’re not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God’s grace is the key to eternal life, but it’s so much more than thatit’s the key to a joy-filled walk with Him every moment. Josh Kelley shows why you don’t have to give away everything you own to be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that…
- God is crazy about you right where you are.
- You are just as important as any other member of Christ’s body.
- The work you do every day can be pleasing to God.
Discover the joy of radical obedience to Christ in your normal, everyday life.
|Publisher:||Harvest House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Josh Kelley has been a pastor for 15 years and holds a BA in biblical studies from Pacific Life College. He lives in northwest Washington with his wife, Marilyn, and their two daughters.
Table of Contents
A Note to the Reader 11
1 Obsessive and Complacent Christianity 13
2 Grasping Grace 23
3 It's Okay to Be Normal 31
4 Honorable Work 43
5 Greatness for Average Joes 51
6 Why Are Christians So Weird? 63
7 Witnessing Without Weirdness 71
8 In Defense of Earthly Joys 81
9 When God Throws a Party 89
10 In Defense of Spiritual Joys 99
11 Happy Holiness 109
12 What About Money? 121
13 Between Legalism and Worldliness, Part 1 137
14 Between Legalism and Worldliness, Part 2 143
15 Don't Waste Pain 153
16 Hungry for Heaven 163
17 This Life Matters 173
18 Onward 185
Appendix 1 Questions for Group Discussion or Personal Reflection 195
Appendix 2 Suggested Reading List 203
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Live radical - live a normal life! Radically Normal By Josh Kelley You don't have to live crazy to follow Jesus... Do you ever feel that you're just not good enough to call yourself a Christian? Do you feel guilty when you attend church services because you aren't out on the mission field taking the Gospel to other countries? Did you grow-up with the understanding that only those who were out actively preaching and pointing out the sins of others the only true believers? Well, this isn't the message Jesus taught. Jesus reached out to the sinner, but He didn't do it from a position of power. He didn't try to draw attention to Himself - He even asked those He healed to speak not of this. Living life with a 9 - 5 job is not a sin in God's eyes. You can find joy in this life living the life God gave you. How you live a normal life can be a witness to those around you. You can get rid of the guilt and live with a hope to your future new life. I really enjoyed reading chapter 17 This Life Matters we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (God) and how we treat our bodies can be a sign of how we honor God. And our care for others, Christians or non-Christians, is an outward reflection of God's care for the least of these and our love for Him. Normal is good and not something to be ashamed of, so be Radical by being you! I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher though BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
adically Normal is a book that can relate to anyone in any job. It is put in a way that anyone can understand. I felt it best read slowly to absorb it totally. The author shows that God does can about the small stuff and just desires obedience from us. I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchage for my honest opinion.
“You don’t have to live crazy to follow Jesus” Have you always believed or been told that the best way to serve God is to sell everything and become a missionary or a Mother Theresa? Just as everyone in life is different, so are the many ways we can serve God. Josh Kelly shows us how we can serve through our normal ever day life in his new book “Radically Normal”. With his training as a Pastor, his work at Starbucks and his everyday life, Josh writes to show us that our station in life is just as important to God as the missionaries are. “ Spiritual health isn’t found in obsessively trying to do it all but gratefully playing the part he has given us.” I have often wondered about many of the things covered in this book. I felt as though Josh Kelly knew all the questions I have had about God, religion, and the life I should be leading – and he answered them all. By studying incidents of life (big and small) that have come his way, Josh shows us there are lessons to be learned from all situations in life. Josh cover many aspects of the life God wants for us – joy, money, prosperity, giving, understanding and more. And it can all be done by being “Radically Normal”. I enjoyed reading this book. It helped me feel like I had been doing many things right already. Now I still have a lot of things to work on, but this book makes me feel that I have been on the right track. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read. I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
This book reminded me that God has a plan for all of us. Some of us are Disciples, some of us are preachers, and some of us are made to live everyday lives faithfully. By living the way we are chosen we are showing God's love in everyday activities. We each have our own talents that we can use to share God with others. I liked that this book was for everyday people, with every day jobs. Middle class workers are also mentioned. The questions for discussion would be great for Confirmation class or Bible Study. The book is easily read and the tier system was an interesting way to read the author's message. I recommend this book for any one in any job. I am giving this book a 4/5. I was given a copy to review from Book Club Network Inc., however all opinions are my own.
I have had the privilege of reading Radically Normal by Josh Kelley. What a great book! I was skeptical at first since I truly enjoy the books talking about living a life fully devoted to God and wondered if he was going to negate those messages…but instead I realized he believes the same beliefs I do…and the same ones our church reinforces all the time. I can’t speak for all the radical authors out there, but the ones that I admire speak the same language as Mr. Kelley. You don’t have to sell all your possessions, you don’t have to go live in a grass hut to make a difference for God. If He calls you in that direction, yes, your job is to obey…but instead God may be calling you to do the best job you can to the best of your ability here, sweeping floors, raising children, driving a school bus, or stocking shelves. God calls us to be radical in our normal lives…He doesn’t just call specific people to do wonderful, in the media, over the top accomplishments. He calls ordinary people to be extraordinary where He put us. One of the examples that Mr. Kelley gave was talking about how Paul, in the Bible, didn’t say everyone had to be a missionary - no, most of the people stayed back and worked to support those that were called. I had just read that passage that morning in my quiettime and then Mr. Kelley spoke about it in his book. Love when God does that! I felt like I connected with the author from the first few pages. He talked about how he had the personality to place unnecessary guilt upon himself. Wow could I relate! I have the same personality and have struggled with that in my life as well. Our church reminds our congregation continually that to be used by God we must “get our house in order” and do well with the little we have been put in charge of in order to be put in charge of more. It was great to hear that message reinforced by Mr. Kelley. This was a great book. I used it as a devotional supplementing my quiettime in the morning. It could be used as a Bible study in a church or with a Book Club. It could also be read straight through as the chapters are short and easy to read, applicable and they keep the reader’s attention. In fact, I kept wanting to read more than a chapter a day because the author kept me engaged, wanting to read more. I enjoyed the book so thoroughly, I want to work at Starbucks too…the only thing stopping me is missing out tucking my kids into bed at night. Great read - I would love to read more from this author in the future. I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion from Book Club Network.
RADICALLY NORMAL is a book all Christians should read. Josh Kelley's writing style is personable and easy to understand, and the message of living a radically normal life in obedience to Christ, is thought-provoking and motivating. Some of the chapter headings caught my attention: Obsessive and Complacent Christianity, It's Okay to Be Normal, Greatness for Average Joes, When God Throws a Party. Josh doesn't tell, he shows how this worked, and is working, in his own life. I appreciated his honesty, and enjoyed the parallels he made to his own life when he had to split his time between ministry and a second job at Starbucks. I wish this were an audiobook. I could play it as a regular reminder. I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
This book brings new freedom in my faith. Realizing I had bought into the Two Tier Christian for some time, Josh's explanations of obsessive and complacent Christians made sense. I've met Radical Randy....he was wearing a Turn or Burn t-shirt, I've been obsessive...working for approval. I've known many complacent Christians happy to show up on Sunday and then go on with their usual life. Josh writes about what is in between. Radically Normal explains how to biblically and fully engage "in this life while focusing on the next." I also appreciated the humor and that it includes a section for self evaluation or a group discussion.. “Disclaimer: I was given a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.”