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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: B&H Books (September 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433681358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433681356
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #733,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you've lost the sense of how powerfully present God is in the ordinary, then this book was written just for you. Read this and move beyond life-as-usual to life with an extraordinary God. You'll learn that there really is no such thing as ordinary.
 
Pete Wilson
Pastor of Cross Point Church
Author of Plan B and Let Hope In
 
For every office employee who questions, “Does what I'm doing even matter?” For every student who wonders, “Will I ever make a difference in this world?” For every parent who asks, “Does anyone even care about this?” For all of you who look at your lives and think, “Is this all that there is?” This is your book. Read it; spend time with it; share it; read it again. God is "in" a lot more than we realize, sovereignly "building the city" through the most mundane of tasks (Ps. 127:1-3).
 
J.D. Greear
Pastor of Summit Church
Author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know For Sure You Are Saved and Gospel: Recovering the Power That Made Christianity Revolutionary

 
Can passion and purpose be found in that which seems mind-numbingly mundane? In a word: yes. And when you read Boring, you'll see how our extraordinary God makes that possible!
 
Jen Hatmaker
Author of 7: An Experimental Mutiny Against Excess

About the Author

Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous works include Holy Vocabulary, The 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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Michael Kelley is an author, editor, and communicator whose previous works include Holy Vocabulary: Rescuing the Language of Faith and The Tough Sayings of Jesus. Born in Texas, Michael 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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Work, paying bills, changing diapers . . . when Jesus enters any situation He makes even the most mundane things extraordinary.
Jonathan Esterman
You will enjoy this book and be encouraged to understand that your life doesn't have to be boring if you are serving an extraordinary God.
Daniel
I'm still reading it, but I love the refreshing perspective on living normally and still pleasing God in the day to day stuff of life.
Barbara A. Duke

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on September 10, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
We Christians seem to have a love/hate relationship with "ordinary." We look at the world around us, and want to do something significant, something grand and amazing.

To do something "big and great for God."

But there are dishes to do. Bills to pay. Bums to wipe.

When our bookshelves and our RSS feeds repeat the refrain, "be radical for Jesus," I'll be honest... it's easy to get kind of insecure.

Am I doing enough? Are there bigger things God has for me than fishing crayons out of my kids' noses?

Michael Kelley has a great word of encouragement for all of us who've ever asked the "enough" question in his new book, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life:

You might be missing the point.

"What if we are looking so hard for these grandiose experiences of significance that we are missing the opportunities for significance right in front of us," he writes. "What if there is no such thing as ordinary when you follow an extraordinary God?" (8)

Boring is all about reorienting us to to this important (but often neglected) reality. Michael Kelley wants to help us stop searching for significance outside our current circumstances, but recognize the inherent significance of everyday life. On this point, he doesn't mince words:

"[T]here is no such thing as ordinary when you are following an extraordinary God. "Ordinary" is a myth. The only reason we think of something as ordinary is because we fail to look for and then grasp the massive depth of the work and presence of God in our lives." (19)

There's something to this, isn't there? If God is present and active in our lives, as Scripture says He is, how can anything really be ordinary...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Mastin TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
As Michael Kelley says, his publisher must have really believed in him to publish a book called "Boring." The cover is perfect, the doodles of a student bored with a droning lecture in the napping hours after lunch. Far from being boring, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life is one of the most encouraging books I've read in a long time.

It's easy for all of us as Christians to get caught up in the extraordinary. Whether it's a desire to emulate the heroes of the faith and "do great things for God," or the desire to experience God in worship or to see miracles happen, we may "find ourselves bowing down to the idol of excitement all while claiming to be seeking after the living God." Kelley encourages us to remember that God is present and active in our everyday, boring lives and choices.

The ordinary things we do, going to work, being a parent (As Kelley says, "Parenthood is a massive series of monotonous and repeated tasks."), attending church (even when the worship is far from inspiring and the preacher drones), tithing, all are ordinary but we should learn to view them in light of an extraordinary God. He is present and active when we're folding laundry, sitting on the expressway, changing a diaper, mowing the lawn.

It's a change of perspective. Miracles happen, and some Christians do amazing things and have books written about them. But that's not the norm. It's doubtful I'll have a book written about me. I may do some great works. But here's what God expects of me: "Do the next right thing. . . . Do that which you know is from God, and keep doing it, one choice at a time." It reminds of the famous quote from Friedrich Nietzsche, "that there should be a long obedience in the same direction.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joan N. on December 6, 2013
Format: Paperback
Is your life boring? About 90% of our life is just being ordinary and doing daily life. Boring – but does it have to be?

Maybe you've read some of those books about “Doing Great Things for God!” But you're still working at the office or changing those diapers.

Kelley asks, What if God wants you to find meaning and significance in your ordinary life? What if you could see the divine fingerprint in every situation of your daily life?

That is exactly what Kelley helps us see. He is convinced that it is actually in the ordinary details of life that we get to see and experience God and His redemptive plan. This book is full of practical ideas for getting that vision. He writes about having a quiet time (again), really interacting with other people, gospel living in marriage, parenting with intentionality and purpose, leaving a margin in our money, and restoring a sense of the divine in our work.

Here is an example of his insight – this on relationships.
“We don't need a bunch of new and exciting relationships, not if we believe in the abiding presence and work of God. We need instead to lay the grid of faith over the top of these ordinary interactions we have day to day. We need to buy the coffee in faith. We need to walk in the grocery store in faith. We need to take the phone call in faith. And if we do, we'll begin to see the extraordinary invading the ordinary.” (92)

Kelley's goal is “not escaping the ordinary, but reshaping our view of the ordinary in light of the extraordinary God.” (194) So, if you've set aside those books about “Doing Great Things for God” yet want to know how to live your ordinary life with meaning, this is the book for you. You won't have to sell all you possess and go to the mission field. You'll just find God's presence and plan in every moment of your ordinary life.
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