January 7, 2015

Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down


The question that we must ask ourselves is whether or not we’re practicing Jesus-like ministry...When you become a Christian, your social life, how you interact with others, should change also. (From page 47.)

Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down, by Tony Merida, is a book ministry that helps readers understand how they can make more of an impact by simplifying Christianity. Being hospitable, doing nice things for others without expectations, being friendly with our neighbors—these are the foundations of Christianity—the ordinary things that improve our lives and the lives of others.

This non-fiction book is written in a conversational tone, with most scripture taken from the English Standard Version (ESV) and the Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB), a version I wasn’t familiar with prior to reading this book. It is comprised of a short preface and introduction, five chapters, a conclusion, and appendix of recommended websites.

Tony Merida does a nice job of speaking to the reader as if he’s sitting across the table over coffee and croissants. An easy pace, conversational tone, and sound Biblical principles are conveyed in a non-aggressive way.  His down-to-earth emphasis on living a Christian life embodied in prayer, Bible reading, serving our communities with humility and generosity, and total commitment to God will draw others in.

I like the look of the book. It’s reminiscent of a well-worn schoolbook, with a blue-jean textured cover with white-out and magic marker writing, taped notebook paper chapter headings with doodle-type font, give this book a young, fresh look.

3.5 stars

Cover: Like it
Title: Like it
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
Pages: 163
Pace: Steady
First Lines (Chapter One): A pregnancy crisis center recently contacted us about a particular need. A young teenager got pregnant and had nowhere to turn. Her mother told her that if she didn’t choose adoption or choose to abort the baby, then she would be kicked out of her house.

Look inside or purchase Ordinary HERE.

About the Author:
Tony Merida is lead pastor of Imago Dei Church in Raleigh, North Carolina. He earned a Ph.D. in preaching from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as associate professor of Preaching at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. His books include Faithful Preaching and Orphanology.


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