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Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God--almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?

You're not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God's grace is the key to eternal life, but it's so much more than that--it's the key to a joy-filled walk with Him every moment. Josh Kelley shows why you don't have to give away everything you own to be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0736959386
ISBN-13: 9780736959384

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Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God—almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?

You’re not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God’s grace is the key to eternal life, but it’s so much more than that—it’s the key to a joy-filled walk with Him every moment. Josh Kelley shows why you don’t have to give away everything you own to be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ. He demonstrates that…

  • God is crazy about you right where you are.
  • You are just as important as any other member of Christ’s body.
  • The work you do every day can be pleasing to God.

Discover the joy of radical obedience to Christ in your normal, everyday life.

Author Bio

Josh Kelley has been a pastor for 15 years and holds a BA in biblical studies from Pacific Life College. He lives in northwest Washington with his wife, Marilyn, and their two daughters.

Editorial Reviews

"How can Christians live faithfully without becoming either too obsessive or too complacent? Is there a middle ground that isn't lukewarm but rather is alive with a radically normal devotion to Christ? In this provocative and timely book, pastor Josh Kelley suggests that the most radical pursuit of Christ has more to do with joyfully leaning into grace than it does with being a self-sufficient Super Christian. It's fashionable today to be radical, to subvert the safe patterns of middle-class Christianity. But truly radical Christianity may not be what you think it is. Embracing God's call wherever God has placed us is the most radical thing we can do."
Brett McCracken author of Hipster Christianity: When Church and Cool Collide and Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty


"Through his biblical insight, humor, and humility, Josh Kelley assures us that we can be committed Christ followers without being cooky or uptight. Radically Normal is an enjoyable and refreshing read for every new believer, seasoned Christian, or burned-out ministry worker who needs to be reminded that our everyday lives can be exciting and meaningful when we follow Jesus wholeheartedly."
Cindi McMenamin, national speaker and author of When Women Walk Alone


“If you’d like help on living for Jesus in a way that’s so surprisingly different from either legalism or complacency that it has to be called radical, then Josh Kelley’s Radically Normal should be in your hands right now.”
Robert H. Mounce, Bible commentator and translator, president emeritus of Whitworth University


"Greatness is all about being great in the eyes of God. But understanding God's mission, no matter who you are, can be a challenge. In a very entertaining way, Josh Kelley's book helped me to better understand what kind of a Christian God has called me to be."
Jake Byrne, tight end for the NFL's San Diego Chargers


"In this delightful book, Josh Kelley clearly identifies two extremes we see every day in the church—obsessive Christianity and complacent Christianity. He offers insightful and sometimes humorous illustrations and stories to show what these extremes look like, and he offers solid, biblical advice on how to reach a radically normal balance. This book will help you find that balance in your life."
Rick Walston, president, Columbia Evangelical Seminary


"If you've ever felt lost in the Christian chatter about living too radically or too complacently, then Radically Normal is for you. Josh Kelley's skillfully written book will help you move past your guilt—or your obsessive tendencies—and discover a joy-driven, obedient life that gets kingdom work done."
Caleb Breakey, author of Called to Stay and Dating Like Airplanes


"I have always wanted to be radically normal—I just didn't have the right name or a well-considered definition. Now I have both. Read, learn, and inwardly digest...and be ready to pass it on!"
Graham Kerr, Emmy Award nominated TV host and author of more than 20 books


"In Radically Normal, my friend Josh Kelley cleverly dismantles the either/or thinking that causes us to live half-lives halfheartedly. Having spent the seminal years of my own life struggling to be as 'spiritual' Monday through Saturday as I was on Sunday, I'm thankful that God helped me see the exciting, enjoyable, everyday possibilities of normal Christianity. To experience God in everything is to enjoy a much greater view of spirituality, and my hat is off to Josh for handing out God-colored glasses to everyone!"
Dave Browning, lead pastor of Christ the King Community Church, author of DeliberateSimplicity

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  1. Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Be Radical - Live a Normal Life!
    November 16, 2014
    Blooming with Books
    Bloomer, WI
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Radically Normal

    By Josh Kelley

    You don't have to live crazy to follow Jesus...

    Do you ever feel that you're just not good enough to call yourself a Christian? Do you feel guilty when you attend church services because you aren't out on the mission field taking the Gospel to other countries? Did you grow-up with the understanding that only those who were out actively preaching and pointing out the sins of others the only true believers?

    Well, this isn't the message Jesus taught. Jesus reached out to the sinner, but He didn't do it from a position of power. He didn't try to draw attention to Himself - He even asked those He healed to speak not of this.

    Living life with a 9 - 5 job is not a sin in God's eyes. You can find joy in this life living the life God gave you. How you live a normal life can be a witness to those around you. You can get rid of the guilt and live with a hope to your future new life.

    I really enjoyed reading chapter 17 This Life Matters we are the temple of the Holy Spirit (God) and how we treat our bodies can be a sign of how we honor God. And our care for others, Christians or non-Christians, is an outward reflection of God's care for the least of these and our love for Him.

    Normal is good and not something to be ashamed of, so be Radical by being you!

    I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher though BookFun/TBCN in exchange for my honest review.
  2. Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Book!!!!!!
    November 14, 2014
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Radically Normal is a book that can relate to anyone in any job. It is put in a way that anyone can understand. I felt it best read slowly to absorb it totally. The author shows that God does can about the small stuff and just desires obedience from us.

    I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchage for my honest opinion.
  3. Norfolk, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Being Radically Normal
    October 7, 2014
    Fran
    Norfolk, VA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "You don't have to live crazy to follow Jesus"

    Have you always believed or been told that the best way to serve God is to sell everything and become a missionary or a Mother Theresa?

    Just as everyone in life is different, so are the many ways we can serve God. Josh Kelly shows us how we can serve through our normal ever day life in his new book Radically Normal. With his training as a Pastor, his work at Starbucks and his everyday life, Josh writes to show us that our station in life is just as important to God as the missionaries are.

    "Spiritual health isn't found in obsessively trying to do it all but gratefully playing the part he has given us."

    I have often wondered about many of the things covered in this book. I felt as though Josh Kelly knew all the questions I have had about God, religion, and the life I should be leading and he answered them all. By studying incidents of life (big and small) that have come his way, Josh shows us there are lessons to be learned from all situations in life.

    Josh cover many aspects of the life God wants for us joy, money, prosperity, giving, understanding and more. And it can all be done by being Radically Normal.

    I enjoyed reading this book. It helped me feel like I had been doing many things right already. Now I still have a lot of things to work on, but this book makes me feel that I have been on the right track. I highly recommend this book for everyone to read.

    I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Selma, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Radically Normal
    September 15, 2014
    JeremyE
    Selma, CA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a Pastor I often read for 2 reasons. One for my own self growth and two to give me viewpoints, ideas, and tools that will help with those that I have conversations with including sometimes suggesting or buying a book for them.

    I read quite a bit and often am challenged by the books I read. I found Josh Kelley's book to be very balanced. His purpose behind much of what he writes is derived from seeking the Father's heart and with the goal of joy in mind. I mentioned I am often challenged by what I read. I am challenged to be more obsessive in my Christianity when reading authors like Francis Chan, David Platt, etc.. and I tend to lean more heavily on grace when reading Brennan Manning, Philip Yancey, etc. I thought this book had a good balance as to not make the reader lean too far either way, but rather to find joy in the journey of the spiritual disciplines.

    I also enjoyed the notes Josh wrote at the end of the book. Once I realized he did not just have book references- whenever I saw a number I flipped to the back to see what he had said.

    I already plan to buy a few more copies of this book to give away this year.
  5. Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Radically Following the Straight Path to Joy in the Lord
    August 15, 2014
    Janice Garey
    Decatur, GA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Review Title: Radically Following the Straight Path to Joy in the Lord

    (a review of Radically Normal by Josh Kelley)

    Reviewer: Janice S. Garey

    *****5 Stars

    Radically Normal has a message that all Christians need to be concerned with. We try to live by Christ's words and not be judgemental of others, but so often we fail. We fall into comparison and judge who is most Christianly and who falls short. We often do this by looking at ourselves as the divining rod to find the living water in one person and the polluted water in another person. Josh Kelley makes us take a look at where we are, where he has been, and where we need to go to have an accurate view of ourselves and others according to the vision of Christ who is the only one who can correctly judge. Josh wants to see Christians find the straight and narrow path of joy which does not veer to the right to legalism or to the left to liberalism.

    I really enjoyed reading one particular part of the book about the "Consequence Inverter." His thought is if we were actually able to live through the consequences of choosing sin before having the short-lived "enjoyment" of the sin then that would innoculate the world from a lot of committed sins. Important thought!

    I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review. I believe this book will be a benefit to both long time Christians as well as those new to the faith.
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Author: Josh Kelley
Located in: Mount Vernon, Washington
Submitted: February 12, 2014

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I graduated from LIFE Pacific College with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages. My wife and I met at college and we've been married for 14 years. We have two daughters who are the joy of our life.

Aside from my family and my God, my two greatest joys are reading a good book and enjoying the all the glories of this world God has made - from sunsets to good food and drink with friends.

Since 2007, I've been the the pastor of The Gathering Christian Church. Prior to that, I was an assistant pastor at His Place Community Church. I'm also on the Board of Directors for the local homeless shelter, The Friendship House.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  When I was about ten years old, my family arrived early at our pastor’s house for a Bible study and I saw Pastor Arnie sitting in front of the TV watching a football game. Seeing my pastor watch football was unsettling, but I wasn’t sure why. I didn’t think TV was wrong (I watched Star Blazers every morning) and I didn’t have a problem with football (my mom loves football). Nothing was wrong with it, it just seemed so unspiritual. I assumed, in my ten year-old logic, that my pastor must only do spiritual stuff. In the three decades since that day, I have been on a journey to discover what true spirituality looks like. Radically Normal is something like a journal of how I discovered how to grow closer to God by embracing this life. It is the book I wish I had when I was younger.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  I want my readers to discover the joy-filled path that found somewhere between complacent and obsessive Christianity.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  C. S. Lewis is, without a doubt, my biggest influence outside of the Bible. He had an amazing ability to describe complex things in simple and applicable ways.

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