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Average Joe: God's Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men

3.54  ·  Rating Details  ·  37 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
“What is happening to my life?”

Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots, firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we’re older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan, and a fulfilling but not-so-glamorous job. What happened? All the dreams that once inspired us have evaporated into traffic jams,
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Multnomah (first published March 29th 2011)
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Jul 31, 2011 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to thank Blogging for Books for the opportunity to read and review "Average Joe", by Troy Meeder. Meeder takes the reader on a journey through literary experience of just how God uses the what may be called the run of the mill man, to further His Will. As the reader first opens this book, they will find themselves engrossed in how the author begins his story of what each of us thinks about how our lives should develop and grow, only to find that God has a purpose for each and every one ...more
Jun 10, 2011 Paul rated it it was amazing
“Average Joe” by Troy Meeder

“What is happening to my life? Have you ever honestly asked yourself that question? As young boys, we dreamed of being pilots, firefighters, doctors, and cowboys. Now we’re older, with a wonderful wife and kids, as well as a mortgage, a minivan…” This is the back cover of Mr. Meeder’s new book, “Average Joe God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men.”

As an “Average Joe” myself I started reading this short book without much expectation, however I was quickly surpris
Michael Brown
Jun 30, 2011 Michael Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The average Joe. What in the world can God do with him? Have you ever asked that question? Have you ever felt average? I know I have, and a lot of us ask that question because we always seem to find someone better looking, smarter, faster, stronger and even more Godly.

If that hits a nerve, Troy Meeder has written a book just for us called Average Joe: God’s Extraordinary Calling to Ordinary Men. Now, I have to admit that I’d seen this book around, but it was not screaming at me to pick it off th
Todd Pylant
Dec 08, 2011 Todd Pylant rated it it was ok
Shelves: men-s-ministry
God chooses ordinary, faithful men to do His most important work.

In a sentence, that is the thesis of Troy Meeder's book, Average Joe. Meeder wants the John Does and John Deers of the world to stop feeling and living "average" and to step into their extraordinary calling. Meeder uses a story telling style to illustrate his point, introducing the reader to "average Joe's" that he has met along the journey of his life. Along the way, he sprinkles the stories of these average men with a few biblica
Brenten Gilbert
I finished this book a while ago and I just haven’t gotten around to reviewing it. Sometimes I like to let books simmer in my subconscious and develop into more complete thoughts, deeper insights, and practical solutions. Sometimes – as in this case – they don’t. In fact, Average Joe all but disappeared from my thoughts shortly after finishing. It’s not that it’s a boring book or a “bad” book, but it’s definitely a lightweight approach to a pretty heavy topic.

It seems that the topic of embracing
Robert Gilbert
Dec 01, 2013 Robert Gilbert rated it it was amazing
I can understand why the reviews for this book seem polarized. I can also understand why so few have wanted to read it. I just tried to give my copy to my dad, who was repulsed by the title and coughed up all kinds of excuses as to why he didn’t have time to read it (mainly because he is so busy chasing success and significance). His idea of “Christianity” is the extraordinary: wealth, fame, influence. Dad believes that everybody who “really” follows God will be as successful as Donald Trump or ...more
Nov 17, 2012 Owen rated it it was ok
I feel bad giving this a low rating because the publisher sent it to me. But honestly, there is nothing special in here. The author describes an average Joe as being a hard working, ordinary, man of God. He sees this in most of the men he knows. Which, could be true, i don't know. I did tell myself to put aside religious perspective before reading it. I hate to say it, but this book is kind of boring. I was waiting for him to say something interesting, but it didn't happen. He brings in men he h ...more
Dan Cooley
May 20, 2011 Dan Cooley rated it liked it
Average Joe – really average

I picked up this book while looking for a new study for our church men’s group. The reviews seemed to say that it was a real page-turner, but needed more Biblical content. That would work well for us, as supplementing Biblical material is easier than making an average book interesting to a group of guys. But the reviews were wrong.

What we look for in our guys group is a book that is clear, blunt, fun to read, Biblically in-your-face, and exciting. To me, this book see
Michael Boling
Feb 27, 2013 Michael Boling rated it really liked it
As an author, former youth pastor and now head of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch, Troy Meeder has a lifetime of experience in what it means to be someone with a title as well as what he aptly describes as an Average Joe, a title which forms the basis for this book. Despite being written for the average layman, this book nevertheless contains salient perspectives on the necessity to not be distracted by the pursuit of a title. Meeder reminds his reader of an important scriptural truth, namely that God ...more
Aug 29, 2012 Toby rated it liked it
This was a good (not excellent) devotional on what it means to be an ordinary guy in the Christian context. I don't think it really went far enough in showing how there is a God-given role for men and masculinity, despite all the 'bad press' we've been getting lately. Also, he tends to focus mostly on the football-loving, blue collar, hunting type of man. I myself am a white-collar man who doesn't like football and has never really been hunting, so I take a bit of issue with how much time he spe ...more
Jan 18, 2015 Steve rated it liked it
If your walk with Christ is strong men, read this book at cursory level to reinforce what you already know. Use it to measure yourself and commit to make whatever corrective adjustments are necessary to keep you aligned. If your walk with Jesus is new or faded/fading or is taking a lower position on your priority list in life, read this book as a study guide. Embrace it, meditate on portions where God prompts you and instill the teachings deep into your heart.
Apr 05, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
This is a very good book. It takes lots of everyday experiences and shows how God is in our lives at all times. If you read the bible and keep his word in your mind all the time, you will realize how much God is in our lives. This would be a great study group book.
George Hunger
Apr 05, 2016 George Hunger rated it really liked it
Shelves: chrisitan-living
An easy-to-read book dealing with the challenges of significance and purpose from a Christian perspective. Overall a good book, fairly well-written, encouraging, and worth a look for any middle-aged man looking to make a difference for Christ.
Larry Wegman
Sep 03, 2015 Larry Wegman rated it liked it
Recommended to Larry by: Dawn Wegman
God's extraordinary calling to ordinary men - good premise, partially carried out
Jul 01, 2011 April rated it really liked it
AVERAGE JOE: GOD'S EXRAORDINARY CALLING TO ORDINARY MEN by Troy Meeder is a christian living/practical life/men and a must for all spiritual believers.It is well worth the read. Any male would desires to further his knowledge his faith,and be a true hero,should and must read Average Joe. It will enlighten not only your faith,soul,but also your heart. This book should be in anyone's library.This book was received as a gift from Publisher. Details can be found at WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing an ...more
Aug 19, 2011 B rated it it was ok
Shelves: christianity, living, men
This book was definitely average. A few of the chapters were strong, but many were simply stories with a little life/Bible lesson tossed in. Now maybe that's because I identified with a few chapters & didn't so much with the others. There's nothing bad or wrong about this book really, I just wouldn't recommend it. Go read Proverbs. :-) The strongest & best part of the book was simply the idea that just being faithful to our calling, however in-glamorous it is, is what it really means to ...more
Cory Jenk
Jan 01, 2014 Cory Jenk rated it really liked it
Good analogies between life and a relationship with God.
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