In today's overstressed, overwhelmed, and overtired culture, a "normal" lifestyle isn't what it used to be! Groeschel shares a Christ-centered philosophy on everything from money to scheduling to purity that will help you break out of your regular routine and live according to the abnormal rhythms of God's grace and the truth of his Word. 240 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
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This book helps you prioritize your time according to God's will!
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Review 2 for Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working
Date:October 19, 2012
Really great book with a lot of practical wisdom!!
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Date:October 2, 2012
I purchased the audio book to research for potential small group curriculum. I found the book to be very practical in applying the concepts that are relevant in today's culture. I purchased the DVD study and participant's guides for a small group study. The DVD is very well done. The messages are powerful and impactful. The group was engaged with each session and fruit was taking seed during the study.
I would highly recommend the book for personal growth and encouragement along with the group study for small groups.
This book covers the main issues that we as Christains face in the fallen world and it is all about how we are made to be weird- this is not our home and as Christians we are called to stand out and although that may seem scary when we do we allow God to come in and teach us how to become more Christ-like. We are going to stand out in this fallen world because we are children of God who are called to live life to a different standard- a WEIRD one.
Please read this if you get the chance because my review will never give it any justice.
We want to appear normal, right? Groeschel did until the tragic death of a college coed woke him to the seriousness of life. He began studying the Bible and realized what it taught was anything but normal. It was weird. What's “normal” in today's society is not working. Groeschel encourages us to quit being normal. Be weird, the God kind of weird. He begins with time and how we live in it. “God will often give you more than you can handle so you can learn to depend on him rather than on yourself.” (32) He helps us unplug from the “busy machine” and encourages Sabbath. He suggests asking, “Is it wise?” when confronted with a decision or invitation. Next he looks at money, reminding that God has richly blessed us. “As long as we live in pursuit of more stuff … we will never life in true abundance.” (71) We don't think we are rich because some marketer has convinced us we can't be unless we can afford their product. The weird view: “Gratitude for all we have and stewardship of its use for the good of all.” (71) Live with contentment and generosity. He shares his thoughts on love and marriage. He reminds us to focus on God for fulfillment, not our spouse. “If we focus on God first and view our spouse as his gift to us, we stop expecting another person to do what only God can do.” (110) And, “If the grass looks greener somewhere else, it's time to water your own lawn.” (111) He writes about family relationships, raising children to need and intimately know God, maintaining fidelity in your marriage, resisting sexual temptation, and helping your kids understand God's plan for sex. Groeschel notes we must always be aware: “The current of normalcy will pull you away from God at every opportunity you let it.” (191) He ends with four questions to help give clarity in discerning what God wants you to do with your life, your God-given objective. His primary motivation for writing this book is that “we've made lukewarm synonymous with normal” for the Christian life. (231) Quit being normal. Be weird.
“Normal is to strive for the center of what the world lives like. Weird is to live to be in the center of God's will.” (120) “...[W]eird people know that everything is spiritual … We live aware of God moment by moment. He is not a part of our lives; God is our life.” (127)
This is a good encouragement to live the life God has called us to – for new and seasoned Christians alike. I highly recommend it.
Craig Groeshel shares about his weird life in such a humorous and practical way. This book touches on so many areas of life where Christians struggle on what it means to follow Jesus not the world. Craig tackles the areas and gives practical insight into what life should look like. He sets the bar high and shares personal failures, so you don't feel it is hopeless. I want to be weird and look forward to the day when weird is normal in the church!
"Weird" says what has needed to be said for a long time. At their own peril, many people who claim to be Christian cannot be distinguished from secular society -- what I call a "camouflage Christian," because we blend in with our surroundings so well. The church of Laodicea is at hand. Thank God for Craig Groeschel's book. It deserves to be used in small group studies everywhere; in sermons too!
I like the way Craig Groeschel takes everyday situations and gives a better way to solve the problem. We all need to be more loving to each other and Craig gives some ideas how to do that. I enjoyed the book even while it was telling me to shape up.
As a new Christian, sanctification has proved to be a challenge. WEIRD is presented in a way that someone who does not have a clear grasp on Scripture yet can clearly comprehend. The only section of the book I would change is the portion on "sex". It focuses more on immorality than purity, which is something I have recently been struggling with. Overall, and amazing book!
I love this book and I would defintley recommend it to anyone at least high school age or above..(I am 17) ..because there are some parts that talk about money problems and sexual things(sexual things in a good way, not a bad way I promise) that younger people don't need to be informed about just quite yet. I read this book every night before I go to bed and from each section of the book I learn at least one thing. This book also has great quotes and sayings that I love putting as my Facebook status and people always "like" them haha. Buy this book...you won't be dissapointed!
This is the book I have been craving! If you want loving honesty about our roles as followers of Jesus Christ, this is the Biblically based source you're looking for. I commend Pastor Craig Groeschel on sharing the principles from his own personal experiences first rather than placing himself in a higher-than-you, teacher position. I highly recommend this book and cannot help, but be changed by his reiteration of the scriptures and what they mean for the way I live my life... Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working!
I liked this book a lot, but it reminded me of what my mom used to say while I was growing up: "You are so WEIRD!" CBD has a great price on this book, but I think that Love Wins is a much better book. I just can't find it on this website, which is crazy because CBD usually has everything! Oh well you are still great! I will buy Rob Bell's book whenever it comes out on CBD because I want to buy from CHRISTIAN people, not Amazon.
While I am a fan of Craig Groeschel’s writing and his last book "The Christian Atheist," I found his newest book "Weird Because Normal Isn’t Working" to be a disappointment. The intent behind the book "Weird" is to compare and contrast what is normal in society to a Christian standard Groeschel defines as “weird.” He encourages going beyond normal society measures for time management, money spending and giving, sex and relationships, and core values. Being a modern Christian means you fall into a category of weirdness, according to Groeschel. Somehow, I don’t imagine these are words Jesus would use to describe God’s children. I was disappointed in the direction of the book, the constant references to sex, and the overindulgence of cliches. Many of the examples presented in the book were mentioned in previous books written by Groeschel. In the writing, I detected much pride about turning away from drinking and sex, and little thanks for God's forgiveness and redemption. Forgive me for judging, I received an advanced copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.