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4 Stars Out Of 5
December 10, 2011
A good look at faith and grace and how they should be lived out in our life - very full of biblical quotations to support the points made. Also has short personal questions at the end of each chapter to help you relate it to your life which is good. Can be a bit of a dry read at times, quite long and not much in the way of personal anecdotes, which would have been nice, but still very good.
I read the kindle version and formating wasn't great for things like new chapters which was a shame.
Disclaimer for legal reasons: Waterbrook Multnomah provided me with a free copy for this review, this has not influenced my opinions given in the review.
For this book John should have heeded some wise words from my first Camp Director. He said_
"At this camp we do two things. We have fun and we make disciples. If you mess up, then mess up on making disciples. Have fun. At least then the campers will come back next year and someone else can introduce them to Christ. If you try to make disciples at camp and have no fun, you won't succeed at either."
Extraordinary focuses on making disciples. There is some great truth hidden in here. His emphasis on God's grace giving us the power to live life differently was well done. I'll steal some for future sermons myself - for sure.
John seems to be a bit hyper-dispensational, seeing Old Testament believers as unable to live the life God now calls us to live. He sees Jesus as raising the bar in the New Testament when He calls us to live a "perfect/holy" life. Maybe I'm misunderstanding what John was teaching, but it seems to me Jesus was not raising the bar, but clarifying where the bar was set. The Pharisees moved it, Christ re-set it.
The book read to me like a collection of poorly organized sermons. With better editing, maybe 25% shorter, this could have been a fun, exciting encouragement of dying to self and allowing Christ to live through you. Instead it was dull. I kept putting it down, waiting a week, telling myself it couldn't be that bad, trying again, putting it down_ There were always paragraphs to mark, good content hidden in the chapters, but getting there was work. John is a better author than this - don't let this sour you on his other books.
I received this book free from Multnomah Books for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. DanielCooley.com
It is safe to say that to live extraordinarily is the heart's desire of most people, one way or another. In his book, Extraordinary, John Bevere attempts to trace out an outline to live by for the fellow believer. The chapters are broken up as a means to cumulatively 'build' upon prior chapters, and is not meant to be read out of order. From start to finish, this book pokes and prods at the reader's heart, fishing out any improper doctrine, or personal dysfunction that can damage a person's spirituality and ability to live fully.
I cannot say that I enjoyed reading this book. With that said, it was well-written and doctrinely-sound, and surely could be very encouraging to the right person at the right time in their life. The reason I dragged through this read was because it seemed to hit points that seemed a bit trite to someone with a solid faith in place. It seems to me that in order to write a book that is worth reading, you should at least come up with an angle that is new, peculiar, and definitely not done before. For example, "God did not set you free from sin so that you could continue to sin and be forgiven--without reaping its consequences. " What Christian hasn't heard that sermon at least thrice? Give me a new angle on this!
Don't let my bland experience deter you from this book, however. Nor should you think that it is meant solely for new believers. A word in season is very powerful, and if you feel compelled to read it, it may just end up being be the perspective you needed to read from to help get your life going in the right direction.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
This book is really helping me to value who I am as a person through the eyes of Christ. To know that I matter and that I am taken so seriously by Him, insteals in me the courage to persue everyday living, to be a better me for Him, for my family, and for myself, because after all I am indeed an extraordinary being. Thank you John for putting some things in perspective for me and my ladies prayer group.