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Average Joe: God's Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men Paperback – April 5, 2011
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“In celebrating ‘the average Joe’ with remarkably compelling stories, Troy Meeder proves that there’s really no such thing as an average Joe and that the closer he gets to Jesus, the less average any Joe will seem or be. Every man will be used greatly by God if he allows himself to be broken and shaped into the Lord’s image, no matter how unheralded
his title or setting.”
—Fred Stoeker, coauthor of Every Man’s Battle
“Men love to succeed, and we run from anything that has a high probability of failure associated with it. Rather than heap a bunch of guilt on guys, Troy has collected stories and reflections that most men will relate to—and which inspire us to consider what we’re living for. Sharing from his own life as an average Joe, Troy suggests ways we can reframe
how we’re measuring success—and make the most of life. I’m really glad he wrote this book and will be giving a copy to each of my two college-age boys!”
—John Fuller, vice president, Focus on the Family
“Troy Meeder’s heartfelt accounts from both his own personal experience and those of friends and family touch a raw nerve in your soul. More than once I found my eyes welling up—sometimes because of the sincerity of the story, other times because I realized it was me in the story. Average Joe reminds us that living a life focused on faith, family, and friends is what makes a man exceptional.”
—Rick Wiggers, average Joe and account manager
“Troy Meeder speaks prophetically to God’s favorite group of men, which He likes to use to foment spiritual evolutions: average Joes. This book echoes the blueprint in the book of Acts, where God fills and forms ordinary men with a powerful spiritual word for their time as well as liberates them from synthetic, broken male culture into an authentic, powerful life in Christ.”
—Kenny Luck, president of Every Man Ministries, author of the God’s Man Series, and men’s pastor of Saddleback Church
“Troy Meeder nails it. Average Joe is a must-read for any guy who questions whether his life can make a difference in the world. Honest and straightforward, Troy reminds us that being ‘average’ does not equate with mediocrity and that with God nothing is impossible.”
—Eric Close, actor, director, CBS
“Real heroes are desperately needed in our society today. Troy Meeder’s book serves as an inspiration to any man who doubts his significance and desires to be a hero in God’s eyes.”
—Ryan Dobson, author, speaker, and host of Grounded Radio
“An excellent read—like having a cup of ‘joe’ with your best friend and being infused with hope and destiny! I know it is time for ‘iron to sharpen iron,’ but this takes true courage. Troy Meeder dynamically opens this realm up in himself. Going through the study guide gave me the give and take I needed to feel as if Troy and I were truly looking into each other’s heart. We men need to require more of ourselves, and this means we must take the chance and go deeper. After reading Average Joe, I face life with a new focus and purpose.”
—Rafael Olgine, average Joe and safety specialist
“This book is dynamite! If you are an average Joe, Troy will biblically blow up the lie that your existence and your life are not significant. And if you think you’re not an average Joe, then you have an even deeper problem! Either way, this book is strong medicine that counters diseased thinking. The best men’s book I’ve read in a long time.”
—Steve Farrar, speaker, author of Point Man
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...I have learned from years of being an idiot that the best thing I can do for my life is to set my eyes on Jesus and walk to His side...
...Life exists in the presence of the King." -- Troy Meeder, author of Average Joe
Troy's approach to this book is inspiring. What seems to be a book that embraces the fact that many men are `average` when it comes to things like family, faith, and work -- the author challenges the reader to not allow the `average` label rob you of the greatness we find in a real, fruitful relationship with God.
Troy takes a collection of life experiences and unpacks the life-changing lessons learned through blood, sweat, and tears. From the depths of the ocean floor to soaring high above the Rocky Mountains, the book helps the reader to identify with those same life-lessons that are being revealed to us on a daily basis.
At the end of this book, I desired so much to sit down with Troy on a front porch in Central Oregon and sip an Arnold Palmer as I listen to more of his stories & the nuggets of wisdom expounded from his experience -- yet, at the same time, I feel encouraged to go out & capture the moments in my own life that God so desires to reveal Himself & His words of wisdom specifically meant for me.
As I struggle with the mediocrity & mundane I experience in my day job, accompanied by the exhilarating highs I encounter with family & ministry, I realize that God is speaking to me in all of it. I'm faced with choice to settle for good things or press on forward for great things - God's best for me. The need to rely upon God in all things is reaffirmed in my reading of Average Joe.Read more ›
Troy Meeder uses personal stories to bring home major points about how God created the average Joe for everyone. God uses average Joe's throughout the Bible and wants to show us that we are worth something. Meeder wanders through his stories and often gives meaningful points, however as the book goes along his stories seem far fetched. I was waiting for the stories to bring home the point or to prove something to me theologically, but they never happen.
I did enjoy reading the book, it's not that it isn't entertaining, I just don't feel like I walked away with much in the end.
This book is an enjoyable book and I would recommend it to any man who is just an 'average Joe'. Men will enjoy this book as will women. Because it is easily written and an easy read, you will enjoy this book.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review through their Blogging for Books program. I was not required to give a positive review.
Troy had a very simple way telling the stories of seemingly "Average Joes" that while may not be famous, have definitely touched the lives of countless others in areas of integrity and steadiness.
As men, and fathers, we are charged with the responsibility of leading our families, protecting, providing for and loving our wives, and encouraging our children to live the lives that God has called them to live. This is no easy task. But it does not take a super hero dad to do this. It takes an "Average Joe" willing to be obedient to his Lord and courageous enough to do what Christ calls him to do.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading "Average Joe" and recommend it to any man or men's group desiring to be the man God created and saved them to be.
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Here is a book for any man of any age. The title of this book sums it up. The author is basically trying to emphasize that God is there for the average Joes, just like He is for... Read morePublished 22 months ago by William Sharp
Troy Meeder hits this one right on the nail. It is a simply put, practical way that God calls us to be the Men that we were created for. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Roger Wood
I bought this book for my husband. He read it in one night and really like the story and testimony of Troy Meeder.Published on January 31, 2014 by Karlene Hatley
I read this book in basically two sittings, and one of the key points I took away from it is that there's nothing wrong with being the average guy. Read morePublished on May 3, 2013 by Joe W.
Troy, Kim's husband on the ranch reaches out in a little different way. I found his style slightly less captivating but definitely with as much interesting subject matter as Kim... Read morePublished on April 24, 2013 by Del J. H.
You may have tears, and lots of laughter, but you will come away with a fresher point of view on how to bloom where you are planted.:)Published on January 13, 2013 by Thais Cesare
Great book for any man, any age to read! It's easy to read, easy to understand and had a great meaning to it!Published on December 27, 2012 by jss2004
This was purchased for a Christmas gift. . I have not read it but the title was perfect for a guy named JoePublished on December 14, 2012 by R. Eichelberger