Saturday, October 31, 2015

Defying Normal

It's tough being a Christian today. So much has changed in the social and moral landscape of our nation that believers feel like strangers in their own culture. The temptation to compromise one's character and beliefs for the purpose of fitting into this new world grow stronger every day. Yet, we want to please God by staying faithful to His Word. Defying Normal challenges readers to exercise self-control, live out their faith in all situations, act with humility, and stand by biblical principles to rise to new levels of the Christian experience.

My thoughts: I really appreciated this book, since Skip Heitzig takes the story of Daniel and shows us the eight elements he had that helped him defy normal: "self control, faith, humility, integrity dependence, courage, hope, and balance". I like that he digs into the story and shows how Daniel had to suffer and get out of his comfort zone, but how God was able to use him to do great things because he was willing to do so. So often, I think we sugar coat things and think, like those in the Old Testament (think Job's friends) that God's blessings should always follow us if we are on His side, rather than realizing that God uses the trials in our lives to draw us closer to Him, to be used for a greater purpose.
I think this is a wonderful, thought provoking book.
I received this book from Worthy in exchange for my honest review.

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