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WEIRD: Because Normal Isn't Working Hardcover – March 30, 2011
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About the Author
New York Times bestselling author Craig Groeschelis the founding and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv, a pacesetting multicampus church and creators of the popular and free YouVersion Bible App. He is the author of several books, including Fight, Altar Ego, Soul Detox, Weird, The Christian Atheist, and It. Craig, his wife, Amy, and their six children live in Edmond, Oklahoma.
Top Customer Reviews
Craig Groeschel claims to be weird and he encourages his readers to be weird as well. Why? Because normal just isn't that great. In his book, Weird, Groeschel compares the norm for time management, money, relationships, sex, and values with biblical teachings in order to show that "weird" is better.
Groeschel does a very good job exposing the pitfalls of normal ways of life. I think the honest reader would readily agree. In each area, Groeschel delivers biblical insight and practical steps toward something different. Some of his advice will seem very familiar, whereas some will be more challenging. Groeschel attacks the prosperity gospel in his section on money, which may surprise many readers. He also teaches sexual purity for adults, whereas most Christian authors seem to only address this as a topic for adolescents.
However, much of the book just doesn't seem to go far enough. It loses steam. The sections on time and money are much more detailed and valuable than those on relationships and sex. In the end, I think Groeschel could have gotten his point across in a magazine article. To truly get a lot out of this topic, a series of books may have been better.
For many, this may be a good start. Perhaps it is the initial challenge to no longer consider the Christian life as synonymous with the "American Dream."
If your use of time and money has become a problem or you struggle in your relationships or with sexual sin, this book may be a good place for you to start. If you are already reading David Platt or Francis Chan, there is nothing new here.
Still, there's a little something to be said for being a little different from the mainstream. It shows your true character when you have to defend decisions, behaviors, etc., from the prying questions of those who are "normal." It helps you carve out who you really are in this great big world. Gives you gumption.
That's probably why I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Weird by Craig Groeschel takes being weird to a whole new level. He takes it beyond the style of clothes you like to wear, the foods you like to eat, the hobbies you enjoy to what's really REAL: your relationship with God.
One of the reasons that I believe so many people scoff at Christianity is because too many Christians are living their daily lives blending in to the crowd. You can't distinguish them from any unbeliever on the street. They mesh. And it is not all about physical appearance. We should be such a witness for Jesus that people stop and take notice. Not because we are standing on a street corner with a huge sign yelling at all the "heathens," or because we pass out tracts absentmindedly to the servers in restaurants, but because we actually, truly live what we preach and believe! Consistently, not just on Sunday morning or during Bible study.
Craig Groeschel takes five integral parts of human life: time, money, relationships, sex, and values and breaks them down into how these aspects of a Christian's life should be different from the rest of the world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love love this book. It makes you want to think WEIRD and not follow the standards that the "world" says you need too.Published 1 month ago by Lori Wills
First and foremost I'm NOT a reader. This is the fist book I've read in years. The title caught my attention and I was at a very low spot in my life. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jenny
Craig Groeschel simply and humorously illustrates how living and striving for the status quo is akin to following lemons off a cliff. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Pat Austin
This book will really motivate you to abandon the lukewarm normal and embrace the "weird" life of truly following Jesus. Love Craig Groeschel's honest and personable style!Published 4 months ago by Katie Casey
This readings in this book are to the point and rightfully true. I'm glad I'm not normal. Do not want to be like everyone else, and strive to be weird and not lukewarm in my walk... Read morePublished 4 months ago by M. Nester
It gets you thinking. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is because some of the group questions in the study guide are really lame.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer