• Ordinary

  • Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World
  • By: Michael Horton
  • Narrated by: Michael Horton
  • Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (158 ratings)

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Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there's a "next-best-thing", if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom - the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be "ordinary".

Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There's nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What's needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it's a renewed appreciation for the commonplace.

Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites listeners to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul - not a quick fix that leaves listeners empty with unfulfilled promises.

Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it's an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.

©2014 Zondervan (P)2014 Zondervan

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The Fish is Made Aware of the Water

There's a saying (I don't know the origin) about how fish don't know they are in water even though they eat, sleep, breathe and spend every moment of their lives in the water...
This book has made me aware of the water. It's difficult to express just how much this book opened my eyes. I so completely bought into our culture's obsession with "radical" living that when I first read the title and synopsis, I thought it was a joke...some sort of satirical riff. But I'm so thankful that for whatever reason, I dove in anyway. Down the road, I imagine that I will look back and discover that this book has marked me.

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Working as a Christian

If you are wondering what you are called to be or to do as a Christian this is a great place to start. And Horton gives vivid pictures of big ideas. Large concepts are well articulated by Horton.

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To live the life you have been called to live

This is a thought provoking book to the point of bringing about action as a result of changes brought about by living life through the ordinary means of grace.

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Biblical life primer

An excellent exploration of a Christ-centered life for all believers. This book frees the Christian from feeling they need to solve all the problems of the world in order to live a life that honors God.

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Awesome book on the church and our purpose

Wonderful insights into our purpose in life and that of the church. You are a awesome narrator. You should narrate all your books!

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Extraordinary

I think this might be one of my favorite devotional works I’ve read/listened to this year.

I want to write a quick statement regarding a 1 star review I read before I bought this book. That person must really have misunderstood Horton. The reviewer spoke of Horton pushing his boomer viewpoint upon the listener, when in fact Horton was trying to deal with fallout created by the boomer viewpoint. He complained of how Horton shoved his theology upon him, but completely missed how it was Horton’s theology that brings answers to the questions and issues life to the station you might find yourself. Theology matters.

I was raised in the charismatic, higher life, and “Don’t Waste Your Life” crowds…and come a couple decades later feeling the emptiness left by it, as I work my 9-5, and try to raise my kids and pay the bills. I was told to live on mission to change the world. I wasn’t taught how to faithfully live while I changed a diaper or the oil in my car. Horton does a good job of helping you find life in the mundane, to see the flower that you are supposed to slow down and smell might just be a dandelion in your own yard, and not some exotic flower in the Amazon. And that’s ok. In fact, that is more than ok, it is the place to which God has providentially placed you to grow, serve, and maintain a faithful presence.

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A disappointment

I was legitimately excited to delve into this book at first and was looking forward to hear what Horton had to say about the Church's issues with the "ordinary." Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed as he essentially takes the Boomer view of blaming the younger generation for immaturity. He also takes the liberty of defending groundless traditions and needlessly forcing his cessationist views into the work. What a waste of my time! While I agree with Horton on the issue of each successive generation basically trying to reinvent the wheel, I have an issue with this blatant close-minded perspective, and condescending know-it-all attitude that has thoroughly permeated, and tarnished, Christian academia and scholarship for decades. Please, PLEASE, come out of your ivory towers for once and see how things actually are instead of spouting your high-minded, self-important nonsense. The utter lack of attentiveness and honest listening is destroying the church. We don't need your theology. We need life.

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Serving God in the ordinary

Ordinary illustrates how Hod works through our daily tasks to accomplish His Will. I love it.

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Excellent!

This book was so good! Excellent compliment to a book like "don't waste your life" by Piper.

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Excellent discussion

Very thoughtful engagement from single life to parenting to worshipping in the local body. Loved it.

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  • Carôle
  • 01-24-22

Almost the reverse of what we are told at church

Biblically we are told to go into all the world and preach the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20), The Great Commission, as given by Jesus.

A great many of us struggle with this - it seems daunting and we don’t know how to do it! We’re given the examples of the Apostles and find it hard to measure up! Our churches have big evangelistic drives to ‘win souls for the Kingdom of God’, but as individuals, we’re not really engaged!

This book, slows us down and calms us down. We are reminded that Jesus said to start our evangelism at home. Right in our houses. Then our neighbours. Then our communities. It doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be genuine - Christ-like - ordinary.

An interesting read. Made me rethink my Christianity. We can’t all go into all the world and be big, charismatic, motivational speakers. But we CAN all represent Jesus Christ in our regular, ordinary lives, if we truly wish to.

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  • A. P. Muscat
  • 06-08-18

Excellent

A real antidote to performance based, event based, celebrity based Christian activity. This is such a useful book.

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  • Flying Scotsman
  • 03-13-17

Ordinary

Horton is always helpful but there's nothing too out of the ordinary about this one.

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  • Sally
  • 07-19-16

Over Generalised and Judgemental

What was most disappointing about Michael Horton’s story?

I found the premise and concept really interesting at first. However, as I got into it the author began to move away from the original theme and start just berating culture. He painted complex themes with a broad brush and made sweeping generalisations about technology, culture and generations.
I found this really frustrating as it did not seem to address what the book was supposed to be about and instead turned into one man's highly biased ranting a way that was not particularly thoughtful or engaging but instead made me imagine an old man in a room shouting about how "kids these days" didn't know anything.

As a young adult, I take pleasure in challenging myself, presumptions about my gender and generation and thinking critically about how I can be a better person and Christian. This book was offensive to me in that it assumed I was not informed enough to know that what I was being told was broadly generalised and biased and seemed to be based on opinion coupled with a huge lack of information.

Was really excited about this book. Quite disappointed now.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Frustration. Disappointment.

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