inspiring and challenging Jul 19, 2011
John Bevere has written an excellent and practical guide here to striving for and living an ‘extraordinary’ life. Beginning with the plain fact that ‘the opposite of extraordinary is normal!’, he explores the aspiration for our lives to mean more or be more than what we already know and see. He argues rightly that there is an innate desire in each of us to rise above commonness. We yearn for the ‘extraordinary’.
He skilfully develops this further to look at the way we reflect the nature of God and sets out on a journey to fully understand the extraordinary way God wants us to live. I enjoyed the early chapters on unconditional love, pleasing God and labouring to know God’s will for our life. He talks how our goals will not be accomplished without prayer, faith, and a search for our personal roles. There is a lot to agree with on some people’s perception of the Christian life set against seeking to fulfil God’s specific plans for their life.
It is a consistently interesting and satisfying read and a personal challenge also. Ideas on grace, mercy, peace and truth are spelled out in a practical way and the personal experiences in each of the seventeen chapters make sense of what in other hands would be ‘concepts’ and detached truths. The chapter ‘True Faith is Relentless’ is an outstanding example of clarity, of relating experience and the excitement of expecting the Lord to do great things.
This is an excellent resource for an in-depth group study and is a book that I enjoyed reading through a great deal. It provides ideas and applications and is truly inspiring.
As a personal reflection, I reviewed the electronic rather than the print version of this and did not find it easy to track back and forth as easily as I would when normally handling a book. As more books are distributed this way, as readers we might need to approach titles like this in parts rather than as a single book, but that’s a personal observation only.