Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God

Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God

by Michael Kelley

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Overview

“Wednesdays were pretty normal,” writes Michael Kelley, looking for a bright spot amidst the chemotherapy routine brought on by his two-year-old son Joshua’s cancer diagnosis. His book of the same name offers much to anyone who’s tired of prescriptive spirituality and would rather acknowledge and work through the difficulties of faith with some transparency.

Joshua battled and beat the disease, but not before his family had to reconcile what it means to believe in God despite a broken world. His dad’s personal account of that fight to survive sparks a larger discussion of how Christians must learn to walk in the light of Christ’s promises despite the dark shadows of earthly pain. Indeed, it’s pain that sometimes opens the door to a deeper experience with Jesus, an authentic relationship that holds steady even when life loses the comfort of normalcy.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433675966
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Michael Kelley es el director de Discipulado en Lifeway Christian Resources y el autor de Aburrido: Encontrando a un Dios extraordinario en una vida ordinaria. Entre algunos de sus trabajos previos se incluye Vocabulario Santo, Los fuertes refranes de Jesús y Los miércoles eran bastante normales. Posee una Maestría en Divinidad de la Escuela de Divinidad Beeson en Birmingham, Alabama. Michael y su esposa tienen tres hijos y viven en Nashville, Tennessee.


Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources and author of Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life.  His previous works include Holy VocabularyThe Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Wednesdays were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
onedesertrose More than 1 year ago
Two-year-old Joshua Kelley was diagnosed with leukemia. Michael Kelley, his father, wrote Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal, looking for a bright spot in the course of Joshua’s chemotherapy routine for three years. This is a book that takes you through the throes of anger at seeing your child suffer, questioning God, disillusionment, depression, loss of faith, recapturing faith, hope, trust, love, and everything else you can imagine that parents go through when their child receives the C-diagnosis. Though this is a fallen world of sin, sickness and loss, Michael does not leave you aloft with these struggles. He shows you how God takes you through the process of working through you as the parent(s), the trust and hope that He provides for you to sustain you through the horrendous ordeal, the gift of friends and family so you aren’t alone, and the promises in His Word. You can choose to allow the journey to leave you angry at God or lead you to a closer relationship with Jesus, one that holds you together while you traverse this world that lacks normalcy. Michael Kelley’s book is transparent. He unabashedly opens up every avenue and frustration within himself during those difficult years. His personal story will let you know that what you think and/or say isn’t out of the ordinary. But most of all, he leaves you with hope and trust in Jesus, regardless of the circumstances, the dark days of cancer and the possibilities of a relapse. Michael’s book will minister to you and help you through the rough times. It’s part of God’s gift to you. (See 2 Corinthians 1:3-7) “These things I have spoken to your, that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulations, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. And my favorite, “In the multitude of my anxieties with in me, Your comforts delight my soul.” Ps. 94:19. Though this book is about family stress, strain and struggling with God’s intervention of childhood cancer, it can also be used for other areas of life where normalcy has been disrupted. I found it useful for my own situation as well. Special thanks to Haverly Pennington of Lifeway for sending me a review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In my own personal cancer crisis, I stumbled on this book. It was no accident. The author puts all of your real questions out there. He pulls no punches. The answers make sense and have brought me much needed relief. I suggest this book to everyone.
kittycrochettwo More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine getting the news that a child has leukemia. In "Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal" that's the news that Michael and his wife Jana hear about their two year old son Joshua. The author doesn't sugar coat the story, instead his honesty as his family comes to terms with the diagnosis, gives the reader a true glimpse of how anyone's life can quickly change. Michael allows us to see his struggles and doubts but more than that we see God's love and faithfulness in the pages of this story. Overall, a story that I felt would be emotionally wrenching, instead it left me feeling uplifted and encouraged. A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
kittycrochettwo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I can't imagine getting the news that a child has leukemia. In "Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal" that's the news that Michael and his wife Jana hear about their two year old son Joshua. The author doesn't sugar coat the story, instead his honesty as his family comes to terms with the diagnosis, gives the reader a true glimpse of how anyone's life can quickly change. Michael allows us to see his struggles and doubts but more than that we see God's love and faithfulness in the pages of this story.Overall, a story that I felt would be emotionally wrenching, instead it left me feeling uplifted and encouraged.A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story was good