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5 Stars Out Of 5
This is a must read for all who follow Jesus.
March 3, 2012
Like anything written by Doug Sherman, this is a life changing book. It is a very practical, easy to ready and it will help deepen ones enjoyment of life with Jesus Christ. It's great for small group discussions.
With a subtitle of â€˜Enjoying Life With God', I expected â€˜More Than Ordinary' to be an exciting title and I was not disappointed. Written from the standpoint of a man who has a life in business (with frequent trips away from home), a husband and father with conflicting demands on his time alongside writing and speaker commitments, this is an author well placed to write on making life with God a purposeful and fulfilling adventure.
This is a revealing book, telling much about the author's upbringing, encounter with the Saviour and the transformation in his life with God ever present, active, and interested in his daily circumstances. He contrasts this with the lives that others articulate as boring and flavourless, yet responsible and dutiful as God might expect of them. This book urges us to strive for more practical living of Biblical truths and promises, walking with God and with a growing zeal to know Him and make Him known.
The writer notes that life is more than ordinariness and relates an exciting exploration of God's design for us, His expectations for us and our expectations of Him, God's plans and direction for us, our responses to His leadership, His work in the world and His guidance in the Bible for the many issues we face in life. He tells of periods of accelerated progress in living life with God and â€˜seasons of going backwards' to indifference, which many readers might relate to in part.
This is a testimony of being focused and captivated, of the writer's own and others response to the challenges of daily life and sharing of that experience. It is a book that relates back to scripture, quotes some of the great writers and commentators on Bible truths and a book that asks for a personal response.
Even at over 200 pages, it is very readable and while you may not read it all at once, you will find yourself highlighting parts you enjoyed, found useful or want to share with others.
A book I will commend to others as a well written testimony and a challenge to lead a fuller life.
Doug Sherman's reason behind writing this book, is so that every believer can have a "More Than Ordinary" walk with God everyday. He begins the book with some of his own incredible story - that's what hooked me. I always enjoy reading of other believer's walks with God because not everyone's walk is always close and pleasant; quite often there are struggles and times when God seems distant. I think we all gather strength for the journey from one another's stories. Doug gives many examples from his own life of times when he struggled in his walk with God - and many of these will ring true in the lives of other believers. I found myself in some of the sitautions that Doug experienced. In some of those situations I felt the same way he did; sometimes reacting much the way he did. In some current situations I'm dealing with, I'm taking Doug's advice toward how to approach them and it is helping me enjoy my time with God despite the circumstances. At the end of each chapter in the first section of the book, he includes "Encountering God Suggestions" - practical ways that we can continue to encounter the God of our lives. The second half of the book, Doug's chapters focus on enjoying God and each chapter of this section ends with "Responding To God Suggestions". Doug's writing is very straight-forward, much like a conversation between him and the reader. As I read this book, the following statement hit me: "The most important step we will ever take with Jesus will always be the next one." I've shared this statement with many family and friends - and I'm sure I always will. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, from a new believer to a life-long believer, there's something for everyone in the pages.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."