My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is how to find an extraordinary G-d in an ordinary life.
To preface this review, I want to disclose that the review copy I received was an advance copy. Therefore, edits may have been made after the manuscript issued to me for review.
The PR group that contracted me for review has this to say about the book:
Today we live with a false separation between sacred and secular that was never meant to be. Work, paying bills, changing diapers . . . when Jesus enters any situation He makes even the most mundane things extraordinary.
Boring enlivens this truth as author Michael Kelley challenges readers: we can give ourselves to ordinary life—parenting, marriage, work—because we fully believe in [G-d’s] presence and power within those situations. They are no longer boring, but important.
On every page, Michael’s writing provides biblical truth that is relatable and engaging to everyone. You’ll begin to see every day at work, every relationship, and every moment for what it is: a part of [G-d’s] exciting plan for your life.
Kelley writes in such a manner as to capture the reader’s attention. He begins to tell a tale of daily life, and at each plot point where the person’s life could have leapt out of reality and into an action book, the character experiences another part of the everyday mundane life. What would be called boring in a book or movie is what we call regular, casual, expected…you get the picture. Our lives are ordinary, and that is what Kelley wants to point out. Our lives are doing the dishes, changing dirty diapers, mowing the lawn, taking vacations, reading books, rinse, wash, repeat. Our lives are, by all accounts, seemingly boring. But what if they really weren’t?
Could we have a secret life? That’s what Hollywood is attempting to explore. Could the everyday mundane transform into a grandiose adventure? That’s what The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is supposed to be about. But my name is not Walter Mitty. And bet your bottom dollar, neither is yours. So what about us? Kelley explores this avenue and points out that while mundane, and sometimes literally boring, our everyday routine is a point of comfort for us. It may be monotonous, but it can be counted on and gives the stability for a family. Isn’t that part of the American Dream?
Kelley points out that chasing that dream, going big, doing “great things for G-d,” all of that – it places a smudge on our regular lives. So, according to the wishful thinking and a Christian perspective, I could judge myself: my working a regular sales job to bring home money to buy nice things, pay rent, and raise our children is failing the Great Commission. Except that it isn’t. Kelley focuses on the issue, and that is what makes this book worth reading: the problem is our definition of significance.
Looking for a self-help book? This may fit the bill. But if you’re like me, and you live an ordinary life but have that internal craving for something more, then this book might just be what you’re looking for. As for readability, Kelley does a good job. It’s a simple read that draws you in. And before you know it, your book review is at 550 words because you are so caught up in the hopes that Kelley might get you over that wall of self-defeat.
Disclosure: I was contracted to write an honest review in exchange for a reviewer copy of the product. The opinions stated in this review are solely my own.
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