Jesus is different. Go and do likewise.
Many Christians have become comfortable letting the world mold them instead of being set apart by God. And many churches have traded in their biblical roots for complacent conventionality. But Jesus and the church are anything but conventional. The hallmark of our faith is that it sees the world differently than the world sees itself.
We are called to be eccentric―off center, unique, different; not conformed to the patterns of the world but transformed by the renewing of our minds. By the grace of God we are not only dissatisfied by sin but increasingly uncompelled by conventionality.
So resist the allure of acceptability. Get back to the unsafe roots of our faith. Be equipped to surprise the world with the Good News it didn’t even know it was waiting for. Challenge the way things are by living a life that has been truly set free by Christ.
- I wanted to like this book but I can't stand the way it is read aloud.
I want to say upfront that my complaint with this audiobook may not be a problem for the actual book. I could not bear listening to the person reading it aloud. If a different recording by someone with a more flowing reading style were to come out, I would gladly give it another chance.
I really want to like this audiobook, as the description and concept sound like it would be a great help in the realm of apologetics. However, the voice and style of the person reading the book was unbearable for me.
With almost every sentence, the speaker sounds like he is pausing, as if there were a comma, after every couple of words. And while I don't have the actual book, I just can't imagine the the book is actually written in that way. He pauses way too much, so much that it disrupts the flow of almost every sentence. And by the time he got to the end of an idea, I had a hard time remembering how we got there.
After 15 minutes of trying to like it, I had to turn it off. Listening to an audiobook should not be this hard. And I'm open to the possibility that the problem here is with me - hence why I gave it 3 stars instead of 1. I listen to all kinds of things without this problem (mostly podcasts and sermons), and I don't seem to have a problem following them. I really do think it's the way this book is being read that makes it so hard to listen to and follow along.