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- Publisher: Zondervan (April 19, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 19, 2011
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004DCAUX8
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,323 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I only gave it four stars however for two reasons:
1. This book is in part a compilation of subjects covered in some of his other books. Nearly all his books are based upon the sermon series he writes for lifechurch.tv. I personally liked Christian Atheist better. However, if this is your first experience with reading one of Craig Groeschel's books you will probably give it 5 stars.
2. While Weird will get you to think about priorities, and how to choose what is most important, I felt that Christian Atheist really challenges you to get to a different level in your relationship with God. Christian Atheist was essentially born out of a sermon series he did a few years ago called "Practical Atheist." This subject is much more interesting, and is something most Christian's today need to hear. I was there for this series, and the sermons can be viewed at lifechurch.tv. Watch the first sermon in this series and you will want to get on your knees to pray.
In short, Weird will help you prioritize your life from a God centered perspective. It will teach you how to discern what is truly best from the many good opportunities we have when it comes to how we spend our time. It will also teach you how to view many aspects in life from a God centered perspective.
So, to read this book and to have the "normal" life mapped before me, I felt great conviction about how right my parents were (mostly..partially....ok half and half) and the weak-willed path I was so strongly wanting to follow. Through spiritual growth over most recent years, I had started to adapt a weirder life prior to reading this book. Now, I'm ready to 100% adapt the weird life. It might not be Craig Groeschel's level of weird...which I find really weird by the way...but I'm weird now and I'm going to be proud to stay that way.
Pastor Craig pulls no punches. There is no easy-believism or warm fuzzy Christianity here. In fact, if you are comfortable in your Christian life, don't read this book. However, if I want to be challenged and grow in your walk with Christ, then by all means, read this book.
Pastor Craig doesn't shy away from difficult topics. He deals with thorny issues like time management, money, sex, and relationships. I was convicted often as I read through this book. Some of the stories in the book will break your heart, others will make you laugh out loud. In my opinion, one the best things about this book is Pastor Craig's vulnerability. He isn't afraid to admit that he has fallen flat on his face at times and that he continues to struggle in some areas. I think Christians (I have been guilty of this at times) have a tendency to elevate pastors. We put them on a pedestal and tend of think of them as super Christians. It is so easy to forget that pastors are just as human as they people in their congregation.
This book is incredibly practical. Pastor Craig doesn't simply resort to a "just do it because the Bible says so." He offers many practical hints and suggestions about HOW to live out the teachings of Scripture. There is no brow-beating or judgement here. But I believe, that if the reader is open to it, the Lord can use this book to change your life. I know reading it has certainly changed mine. Christians are often accused of being weird. Sometimes that label is justified. But Pastor Craig will show you in a compelling way how being weird or different in the eyes of the world can be a very good thing and something to strive for. But in the end, it's not about us and our effort. It's about God and His work in our lives and hearts. He is the one that changes us. We just have to be willing to let Him.