John Bevere, author of “The Bait of Satan,” revises his classic, Extraordinary.
Bevere is well-known in charismatic and protestant circles, particular the Assemblies of G-d. In this book, he discusses our desire for superhero, but willingness to accept mediocre, and the issue at hand with this discord.
“I don’t want the same thing to happen for you with the message of this book. It’s a progressive revelation that has the potential to ruin you forever for the ordinary. I speak from experience, because as I sought [G-d], researched, wrote, and prayed over this book, I was changed forever!”
Bevere, from beginning to end, challenges and persuades readers to stick through the whole script, and discover how easy it is to escape from the ordinary and join in on G-d’s great adventure that He has in store for us. In the beginning, he uses and example that is better suited for Scripture: walking in at the end of a movie, witnessing the protagonist’s death, and not understanding the complexity and importance behind it. The same is with Christ – if we go straight to the Gospel of John without first reading Leviticus, how are we supposed to understand?
Chock full of anecdotes, advise, and persuasive writing, this printed material could do well to suit many a subscriber. As for myself, however, I believe in Rick Warren’s statement many years ago: “self help is no help at all.” There are some books that have changed my life, and this one isn’t on that list, nor even on the “completely read” list. While it may be excellent for many, Bevere’s style can be distracting and unentertaining to many.Disclosure: I have received a reviewer copy and/or payment in exchange for an honest review of the product mentioned in this post.