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Praise for Average Joe

“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

About the Author

Troy Meeder is co-founder of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, a non-profit facility for abused children and horses based in Central Oregon. After a career in corporate America, he served as a youth pastor. Troy’s wife, Kim, is the author of Hope Rising, Bridge Called Hope, and Blind Hope—books that share stories of people dramatically influenced by their ministry. (www.CrystalPeaksYouthRanch.com)

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601423071
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601423078
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #631,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Troy Meeder. Well what can a guy say. Over 50, married to Kim for going on thirty years, yes . . . she still is my best friend, love of my life and truest companion. Been a lot of things over the years; corporate VP, youth pastor, Landscape Contractor and gentleman rancher. Founded and built Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch. Once an equine rescue facility, now a place of healing, safety, faith and unconditional love for thousands of visiting children. Crystal Peaks hosts over 5000 visitors a year. Kim and I have hiked a hundred mountains, rode horses over thousands of dusty trails and enjoyed many nights around the campfire. Free time, when I get it, is spent fishing the rivers of Oregon, riding my Friesian horse, Eclipse, working on the ranch, even a scuba dive every now and then. Average Joe is my first book. I trust you will enjoy reading about men that have changed the world around them. Men that have an intense love for Jesus Christ, their families and life. While what the world would consider as mere Average Joe's, these guys have embraced integrity, morality and honor. In the face of compromise, they have stood their ground. From a special operations soldier serving in Iraq to a weathered old man in Sri Lanka, these true stories remind us as men, the importance of a mans character, his word and a steadfast resolve. Thank you for taking a look.

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"My concern is that we often forsake the very best things in life for the pursuit of good things...

...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.
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Average Joe: a man who is average. A man who doesn't stand out, isn't the star athlete, isn't the star doctor on a hit TV show. An average Joe, is a man like you and me. This book was written for the average man who is walking along the Christian path wondering what Christ has in store for him.

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.
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"Average Joe" by Troy Meeder is a book that caught my attention several months ago. I wanted to read the book because the title captivated me. I have always felt like an "Average Joe" myself. To be honest, for most of my life I have felt much less than average. I have always struggled with lacking confidence in myself. And even though I knew that through God all things were possible, I guess I never truly believed that God could use someone like me to do those things. My dreams were small and basically insignificant.
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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What was great about this book was that it shared the author's personal experience with practical down-to-earth advice that any man can connect with. The author provides guidance for any man who has either lost his way or merely wants to find out how he can make a difference in the world that surrounds him. While I know many Average Joe's, this book is definitely one that I would share with any and all guys that you know that want to identify a deeper spiritual gift for themselves that will help them be better men, but also better people overall. A Great book that I highly recommend!
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Having met Troy, I could easily hear his voice in this book when reading it. It was easy reading, which is good for guys who don't read a lot. My husband and I both enjoyed reading it. Though it is geared toward men, the ladies can benefit from it too! Would recommend this book to anyone! :)
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