Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life  -     By: Michael Kelley
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Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life

B&H Books / 2013 / Paperback

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Today we live with a false separation between the sacred and the secular that was never meant to be. Exploring the Old Testament narrative of Saul's rise to kingship, Kelley will help you see every seemingly mundane moment---from working and paying bills to cooking and changing diapers---as an important part of God's plan for your life. 272 pages, softcover from B&H.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: B&H Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 X 0.71 (inches)
ISBN: 1433681358
ISBN-13: 9781433681356
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Today we live with a false separation between sacred and secular that was never meant to be. Work, paying bills, changing diapers . . . when Jesus enters any situation He makes even the most mundane things extraordinary.

Boring enlivens this truth as author Michael Kelley challenges readers: we can give ourselves to ordinary life—parenting, marriage, work—because we fully believe in God's presence and power within those situations. They are no longer boring, but important.

On every page, Michael’s writing provides biblical truth that is relatable and engaging to everyone. You’ll begin to see every day at work, every relationship, and every moment for what it is: a part of God's exciting plan for your life.
 

Author Bio

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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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

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Astounding read
    November 11, 2014
    Joan
    This is a great book. If you have ever wanted to figure out a way to live your faith daily in the midst of your mundane ordinare life, this book was written for you. I am retiring this year and plan to purchase the book for the staff that i am leaving behind.
  2. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ordinary life, extraordinary God
    December 6, 2013
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  3. Blacksburg, VA
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Anything but...
    September 18, 2013
    Jeff Noble
    Blacksburg, VA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
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    I can easily recommend this book to.. well, anyone who lives in a consumer culture like ours. It's a refreshing call to simplicity, joy and significance in the middle of what we all normally do. If you've ever found yourself bored and wanting out of something because of its mindless repetition, this book is for you. Spouse, are you getting bored with your marriage? There's a chapter here that will renew and revive your relationship. Are you neglecting to notice people around you because of your hectic schedule? Read the chapter Shooting the Breeze, and you'll be reminded how all people are created on the image of God. No one is boring. Is your attitude toward money such that you simply spend it on yourself some and pay the bills? Get out of that boring perspective and discover more that you can do with your finances through faith.

    "We find ourselves bored in life not because of the absence of the extraordinary, but because of our paralyzing lack of vision."

    This book will help you have a new, improved life - not by acquiring more or changing your circumstances - but by transforming your perspective. This is no lightweight book. Michael addresses some significant issues - about our marriages, our kids, our selfishness and queasiness to be faithful in the mundane. Boring is a bomb of truth for our Christian subculture that wants to do something out of the ordinary but that does it without the calling or presence of God.

    As a disclaimer, Michael sent me a copy of the book for preview, but I'm so glad he did. Highly recommend!

    For the whole review, check out http://journeyguy.com/a-boring-review
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