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This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling Paperback – September 24, 2012
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"This book is about seeing life through a different set of eyes and making choices based on a different set of values than the culture around us dictates. Whether your passport, too, is gathering dust on the shelf, or you've never left North America, Christine and Adam will grab your heart with their stories and challenge you to embrace the ordinary adventure God has for you." (Amy Rozko, Evangelical Missions Quarterly, April 2013)
"The Jeskes' vulnerability and palpable hope as they explore the tension provides a helpful roadmap." (Conspire, Vol. 5, No. 1, Winter 2013)
"I love how Christine and Adam Jeske retell their adventures, together, with honesty, humor, and humble wisdom. This Ordinary Adventure is a rich and engaging story that all of us, regardless of our narratives, dreams and circumstances, can relate to in some way. And that's what makes this book a must read, because Christine and Adam's 'ordinary' story opens our eyes and hearts to all of the possibilities, wonder and beauty that can be found in our own stories. And there's nothing ordinary about that." (Matthew Paul Turner, author, speaker and blogger)
"Adam and Christine Jeske are completely serious that they can have an 'amazing day' regardless of what's thrown at them via background, culture, environment or relationships. The best part is that their invitation to this way of thinking extends to everyone! This Ordinary Adventure is strong stuff for those seeking to experience life in all of its fullness . . . no matter where they happen to be." (Steve Haas, vice president/chief catalyst, World Vision United States)
"Get ready to laugh and cry while being inspired through the Jeskes' global trailblazing.They challenge North Americans not to settle for the mundane but to get off our couches and ride on a faith adventure in our everyday lives. This Ordinary Adventure is a must-read for anyone wanting to get unstuck from the ordinary, and to make courageous faith choices at every life stage." (Tom Lin, vice president, director of missions and director of the Urbana Student Missions Conference, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA)
"As a former missionary who was plagued with the thought I've become everything I made fun of, I found This Ordinary Adventure a delight. Adam and Chrissy unpack in touching and humorous ways that a missional life and an ordinary life is not either/or but rather both/and." (Shayne Moore, activist and author of Global Soccer Mom)
About the Author
Christine Jeske has worked in microfinance in South Africa, taught English in China, served in a remote Nicaraguan village, helped refugees start new lives in the United States and completed an M.B.A. in international economic development. Now back in the U.S., Christine teaches at Eastern University and is working on a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology.
Adam Jeske has worked in microfinance in South Africa, taught English in China, served in a remote Nicaraguan village, helped refugees start new lives in the United States and completed an M.B.A. in international economic development. Now back in the U.S., Adam works as associate director of communications for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
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Top Customer Reviews
I love their honesty as well. This "living out faithfulness" is hard and they are honest about the struggles, fears, and tears that go along with it. But the stories they tell are remarkable and joyful.
The book is a great inspiration to live life fully. I look forward to their continuing story and to what their story will inspire in the rest of us.
The book is semi-autobiographical of Christine & Adam Jeske and they alternate which of them writes chapters.
They make many compelling arguments for making changes from how we typically go about our lives as Americans.
They can sometimes be a little extreme in their views, but it's nothing too crazy. Although, it does seem pretentious when Adam writes of how often "God talks to him" personally. Apparently God talks to him on a regular basis, going so far as to help Adam make major life decisions, even guiding him as to the specific date Adam should buy airline tickets. Whatever, it's still a good book.
Loved the book!
Adam and Chrissy pepper the book with humorous and compelling stories about their time abroad and the realities of living after that. This book is a quick read that will be sure to change the lens through which you see the world.
Settling down without settling down.
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Watch the authors discuss their work on Vimeo.com.
How does this book relate to you? How does reading the story of a couple who lives "outside of the ordinary" and does crazy things for years upon years on end, how does this story relate to you? How does a year struggling with diarrhea while tilling gardens in Africa, then transitioning to life in the States (with all its glitz and glamour) relate to you or I?
Put simply - and what appears to be the thesis of the testimony recorded in these pages - God is in it all. God is in and over every scribble of every story ever, ever written. If I can be a little personal, our society loves to look at the macro and overlook the micro work that God is doing in our lives. We love to overlook the details, how God sustains us from month to month (or, how about from moment to moment?). I'm getting preachy and am slowly inching away from the details of the actual book ... Sorry!
This text tells the story of friends who become a couple, and in turn, become a family. The stories that they tell are continually intertwined with what they learn about God through it all. Which gets to the point of the book, and the point of our lives, that is summated by Eugene Peterson and also concludes Jeske's book:
Our stories are interesting, but they are not the point. The point is Christ and His glorification. (paraphrased)
It is to this end that Christine and Adam write and it is to this end that they live. Their testimony should be a lived example for each and every one of us.
I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they're the center of the universe. You aren't, God is. If you want to hear the story of two people who understand that, and live that way, pick up this book. A beautiful story.
Back cover (see also ivpress.com) reads:
They started out living the dream. They promised themselves and each other that every day would be an amazing day. They even stuck that phrase--"Amazing Days"--on their refrigerator, like Martin Luther pounding his conviction into a door and launching the next great era of the church. "Ready or not," they told the world, "here we come."
They traveled the planet, doing missions and community development work in Latin America, China, Africa. Then they went back home--to the land of shopping malls and manicured lawns. And they wondered what had become of their amazing days.
In This Ordinary Adventure Adam and Christine Jeske mine their experience, from riding motorcycles in Africa to dicing celery in Wisconsin, in search of a God who is always present and who is charging every moment with potential. Read along and you'll see your life--your ruts and routines, your frustrations and exhilarations--through different eyes, maybe for the first time. You'll discover the amazing things God is doing in the shadows of even the most ordinary day.
1. Dented Dishwashers: Becoming Ordinary
2. The Last Hurrah: Leaving Adventures Behind
3. Faith Muscles: Getting Moving
4. Thorns and Thistles: Work
5. The Cool Table: Identity
6. All I Got for Christmas Was Malaria: Suffering
7. Washing Machine Guilt: Money
8. The Honeymoon Never Ends: Marriage
9. Baby Slaves: Parenting
10. The Revolution: Community
11. Putting on Underwear: Fear
12. Dragonfly Resurrections: Choosing
Epilogue: La Celebración
Appendix: Reader's Guide/ Discussion Questions
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It's been summarized as what follows...
Provides a new perspective on discipleship in everyday life
Written by a Christian couple who have lived many adventures throughout the world and settled down in suburban America
**This book was provided free from IVP with my promise to provide my friends with a summary and review of the book!
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