Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there’s a “next-best-thing,” if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom—the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be “ordinary.”
Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There’s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What’s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it’s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace.
Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul—not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it’s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.
- Worth reading multiple times
Radical vs. Ordinary. The world around us tends to be obsessed with being Radical and looks down on being ordinary, but Michael Horton does an excellent job explaining why God has called us to an "ordinary" life and how that is nothing to be looked down upon. Admittedly, there is a certain "radical"-ness that God calls us to engage in. The Christian life should look different than the rest of the world around us; after all, Christ's kingdom is very different than the kingdoms of this world. But as Christians we can sometimes feel the pressure to "change the world for Christ" by doing extraordinary things like overseas missions, starting non-profits, gaining a mass following online, etc. While God may call a few people to these types of roles, He has called most of us to make an impact in our smaller circles of influence by partaking of his ordinary means of grace and then serving the people right in front of our noses. This book is full of wonderful insights and is worth reading multiple times.
- Radical to Some Ordinary to Others
This book is a great balance to much of the over romanticized views of the christian life. Where those who fell called to do the most outwardly extreme, (whatever) are the truly devoted Christians. Leaving many to fell as if they are a second class Christian because they are simply faithful to do the will of God in an "ordinary way".
If you find your self looking at your favorite social media site and wondering why can't I do it all like so and so can. Saying to yourself "I must not be as good as they are." This book is for you!!
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