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Extraordinary: The Life You're Meant to Live

4.29  ·  Rating Details  ·  329 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Isn’t it true that we long to see the extraordinary, experience the extraordinary, do the extraordinary? Yet, so often we settle for mediocrity when greatness is within our grasp.

Why are we drawn to stories of heroic triumph over seemingly impossible circumstances? In our fascination with adventure movies, superheroes, and tales of incredible human feats, do we reveal an i
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Paperback, 230 pages
Published September 21st 2010 by WaterBrook (first published 2009)
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Debbie
Oct 04, 2009 Debbie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I admire that the author uses Scripture in this book and that he exhorts us to search the Scriptures to make sure any teaching we hear (including his) is Biblical in the full context of the Bible. I can only hope that those who read his book take this advice.

Several chapters (chapters 2, 7-10) are very good and give a balanced view of what Scripture teaches about God's love for us and His grace toward us. Other chapters (chapters 3-6) are fairly Biblical as far as they go, but they don't give a
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Ian
Jun 13, 2012 Ian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent.

John writes like he speaks. He uses Scripture to support all of his assertions and then illustrates them with examples from his own or others lives. The way John uses Scripture is incredible. He reflects on multiple versions and provides the most relevant version for the point he is trying to support.

What was most significant for me in reading this book was I now have a full understanding of grace. I've been living naively believing that grace is mostly provided for salvation
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Re
May 14, 2011 Re rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An awesome book! John Bevere focuses on the heart of Christianity, Faith! Not just faith for salvation, but faith for Holy Living, divine healing, resources to meet needs, and ruling in life. He shows us God's plan through scriptures, including many, many examples in the Bible. But, we must put our hope in the God of Hope. Faith, hope, and compassion is what Jesus taught us, and that is how we should live. John B. reaffirms what the Bible teaches that we cannot do this on our own strength, but o ...more
Mia
Feb 18, 2014 Mia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In the beginning of the book Extraordinary, the author, John Bevere, uses the bible verse 1 Corinthians 2:9 “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him! The author uses this bible verse to paint a picture for us of what an extraordinary life looks like. The book has 17 chapters, starting with the chapter entitled Extraordinary & ending with chapter 17 entitled God's Imperial Rule! Each chapter builds on the last & the author ev ...more
Tabitha
Jan 18, 2014 Tabitha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve gone through bible studies using John Bevere books before, so I was really excited when his newest, Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live, came in the mail. We all look up to someone, and whoever that someone is to us they are great because of something they have done, because of who we are. There is an inner longing in us to be extraordinary too, to be someone that others look to for inspiration. This book is about that need God has placed in our hearts to be extraordinary. Bevere b ...more
Rebecca
Jul 25, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a wonderful book explaining God's grace and how by accepting that grace we can live in so much more freedom and loving acceptance of a God who loves us THAT much to give us unmerited favor, undeserved pardon, so that we can live more balanced, fruitful lives by embracing this concept!
Erin
Apr 13, 2011 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this as part of a Bible study. It made me look at some things in a whole new way. Especually the issue of God's grace. It doesn't just save us, it empowers us to live life abundantly. The same Jesus who died on the cross lives in me. I need to live my life accordingly.
Katherine
- I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. –

This book was one I had a hard time reading. The author and I just disagree on so many things - sin, Satan, hell, judgment, fearing God, prayer, etc, etc... We have a different way of understanding the message of Jesus, the point of Christianity. We may agree every now and then, but it's never quite a complete agreement, it's only a half agreement. For example, I do believe that Jesus' mercy provides us
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Jeremy Barker
I had mixed feelings on this book. On one hand there were moments when I was loving this book and felt he was right on. At other moments it felt like there was just something that didn’t quite set right with me. This book is about how life is supposed to be. This book wants to open people’s eyes to the fact that “extraordinary” is how we were created to live. It was God’s plan from the beginning (loc 126). But this seems to be far from reality for many people, many Christians. It is to confront ...more
Heather
Nov 12, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Bevere has a wonderful talent for inspiring Christians to examine their faith. His writing is always a challenging “I dare you to go deeper” approach that will set a spark in your spirit or wake you up to what you could have.
Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant To Have is a well-written challenge to surrender the simple in search for the fantastic. It’s an attempt to stir Christians to make use of the gifts and abilities God has placed in them. It’s a call to be more than just the average j
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Dana Rongione
Sep 22, 2011 Dana Rongione rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary is a self-help book for Christians who are seeking the to live life the way God intended it to be lived. It urges Christians to reach beyond mediocre living and expectations. It is meant to be a guide for every Christian who has ever wondered, Is this all there is to life?

This book was not at all what I expected. I imagined it to be a book filled with encouragement and reminders of God's promises that we are more than conquerors through Him. I expected a book to lighten my load, st
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Dan Cooley
Extraordinary – the life you’re meant to live by John Bevere The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

For this book John should have heeded some wise words from my first Camp Director. He said…

“At this camp we do two things. We have fun and we make disciples. If you mess up, then mess up on making disciples. Have fun. At least then the campers will come back next year and someone else can introduce them to Christ. If you try to make disciples at camp and have no fun, you won’t succeed at either.”

The Good:
Ext
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Dan Cooley
Oct 28, 2011 Dan Cooley rated it liked it
Extraordinary – The Good. The Bad. The Ugly.

For this book John should have heeded some wise words from my first Camp Director. He said…

“At this camp we do two things. We have fun and we make disciples. If you mess up, then mess up on making disciples. Have fun. At least then the campers will come back next year and someone else can introduce them to Christ. If you try to make disciples at camp and have no fun, you won’t succeed at either.”

The Good:
Extraordinary focuses on making disciples. There
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Clockstein Lockstein
Extraordinary by John Bevere is subtitled: The Life You're Meant to Live. Bevere focuses in on the lack of life in the church today compared to the New Testament church. Our churches have become more of a social club than a force of God within the world. We are a subculture rather than a counterculture, and Satan has been able to use that lack of power to disenchant the world to Jesus. Bevere says, "Here's the sobering reality: godly men and women determine whether or not the will of God gets do ...more
sheila gerlich
Feb 06, 2015 sheila gerlich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Overwelmed by the power in His Word!

I'd recommend this book to ALL and anyone to give as a gift from the Lord. John Bever makes it as easy as understanding the ABC's and 123's to open our hearts and minds to the power in His truth created within each of us! This is a quick read that will lead you to desiring more, lifting you into the light that shines the source of knowledge :)
Debbie
Jun 01, 2014 Debbie rated it it was amazing
A life changing book!!! Would recommend to anyone seeking to know Him!!
Melinda Farley
Feb 05, 2015 Melinda Farley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I learned about the POWER of GRACE!
Ruthie
Mar 26, 2015 Ruthie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Extraordinary!!!
Jason Cooksey
Dec 28, 2010 Jason Cooksey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was great! It gave me the much needed reminder that living an extraordinary life comes from living in the grace of God and not my own strength. A must read to for those of us needing to be energized by good solid teaching and exposition on grace.
Lacie
Dec 19, 2010 Lacie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book. I will never be the same again! This book shed a whole new light on how Christians are supposed to live and the empowerment we have been given to live an extraordinary life. Highly recommended!
Molly
Dec 31, 2009 Molly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can't say enough about John and Lisa Bevere. I am always challenged. This book is about grace - but not weak grace, the empowering Grace that God gives us to do His will.
Sarah
Feb 15, 2010 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've learned I can live extraordinary because that is what I am meant for. God gives us a life that far surpasses the usual definition of success or fulfillment.
Kim
Aug 14, 2012 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this book in a small group study at church and it is excellant! Really helps you to discover your true purpose God has for your life.
John Weston
Mar 27, 2013 John Weston rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book rocked me. It made me realize I am the only ceiling for my life and the Lord's desire to use me. Absolutely amazing book.
Wellington Okuti
This book show to us our lack of faith in God and how we can get more faith to live the grace of Him
Chris Ballantyne


A great book and study resource. We did this as a small group and were blessed.
Briana Grenert
Apr 22, 2012 Briana Grenert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! A life changer. God is good.
Yanislava
Jul 06, 2015 Yanislava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A definite must read for Christians!!!
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Marked by boldness and passion, John Bevere delivers uncompromising truth through his award-winning curriculums and bestselling books, now in more than 60 languages, including "The Bait of Satan," "Drawing Near" and "Driven by Eternity." He is an international speaker and co-host of "The Messenger" TV program broadcast worldwide.

John enjoys living in Colorado Springs with his wife, Lisa, also a b
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