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This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down Without Settling

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  25 reviews
They started out living the dream. They promised themselves and each other that every day would be an amazing day. They even stuck that phrase--"Amazing Days"--on their refrigerator, like Martin Luther pounding his conviction into a door and launching the next great era of the church. "Ready or not," they told the world, "here we come." They traveled the planet, doing miss ...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published August 24th 2012 by IVP Books (first published April 25th 2012)
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Dec 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
First of all, two stars is labeled as "It was ok." And that's pretty much how I feel about the book as a whole.

I hated the first three chapters. The authors never explain why every day needs to be "amazing." Was every day when Paul was in prison "amazing?" Was every day Jesus was on earth "amazing?" Aren't there days when we do what we need to do in order to get things done so that other days can be amazing? I also have trouble with the way having an "amazing day" implicitly involves caring wha
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I hesitate to say this was a fail, which is why I guess two stars is defined as "it was ok." The writing is excellent, and I can't really explain what I didn't love without sounding negative, other than to say that overall it came across to me as a therapeutic exercise for the authors in recounting their many (voluntary) trials. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, and there are quite a few really good bits on spiritual lessons learned. Something about the tone in most of the story parts just was ...more
Donna Street
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book speaks to people who want to live for God and live with purpose and adventure, especially in the midst of the mundane and typical routine of everyday life. It speaks to me today, as a recent college graduate, unsure of the path ahead other than a desire to live well and to serve God. I was privileged to take a class with Christine Jeske last year, where she assigned an excerpt from this book. From that time, I planned to read this book. Adam and Christine sew a continuous thread throug ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up at a thrift store in San Francisco.

Best dollar I ever spent.

I found this book to be rather inspiring and I highly recommend it to any Christian who wants to embrace the everyday amazingness of life.
Aug 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir, christian
Summary: The Jeskes describe what happens when their quest to live a life of "amazing days" meets up with the realities of returning to suburban America, parenting, regular work--and routine.

Take a young man and woman dedicated to living out their faith in a way that leaves its mark in the world for good, who train to do development work in Majority World countries, and then do it. They live with the poor, contract malaria and dysentary, and fear for their daughter's life when she runs a 105 deg
I won this book through the GoodReads First-Reads giveaway.

I wasn't entirely sure what I expected to get from this book. The title, of course, intrigued me as did the description. Nevertheless, I don't entirely feel that either quite does the book justice. The book is more than just a treatise on what it means to be a Christian in the modern world and it's a bit more than what it means to be involved in the world in a positive way. For me, the book seemed to be more about what it means to live a
Erin Payseur Oeth
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: relationships
This book immediately appealed to me as even the title seemed to capture the life phase I find myself in. I've moved multiple times and often talk about walking with God as the Great Adventure. It has been. And yet, I yearn to be settled and to find God as much in the ordinary adventure as in the extraordinary.This book was a fun, personal account of a couple that seemed to be facing that same struggle, on a much larger scale, after returning from exciting work overseas to an "ordinary" suburban ...more
Tim Hoiland
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Adam and Christine Jeske love adventure. They sought it out while college students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and then, after getting married and graduating, their pursuit of adventure took them to inner city Atlanta, Nicaragua, South Africa, and China, all over the course of many years. And then one day they found themselves back in Wisconsin. And life suddenly felt terribly… well… ordinary.

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Feb 09, 2014 rated it liked it
It seemed to me like this book got better as it went... but that might also be because I brought some baggage to reading it that I was able to set aside as I made progress. My world-adventuring ended when I got married at the end of college whereas the authors got to run around the world a whole decade longer. There was a bit of envy. But the truth is that they made many of the same discoveries I have over the time of "ordinariness" - of learning how to love God and live well where you are. The ...more
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One could describe the Jeske's book as a travelogue of their spiritual adventures. They weave their story into a narrative of sucking the marrow of life and seeing God in unexpected places--from malaria to common spiders' webs. Every thematic chapter includes not only statements of transformative insight but also the stories of where--and more importantly, from whom--they were learned. We are introduced to a wise, banana-stealing widow, a couple of crazy African motorcyclists, genocide survivors ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
I feel badly, because Chrissy and Adam seem like they are good people.

But the book felt like it lacked a clear direction.

I wish they had either told the stories of their missionary work, told the (honest) struggle of coming back from the work, or simply told how they live as Christians. But this book tried to do all three in a way that made it hard for me to connect and buy-in.

I imagine the transition to and from various countries was incredibly hard. But I thought a lot of it was glossed ove
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
How do we live faithfully? Adam and Chrissy, from the beginning of their lives together, even before they were together, wrestle with this question. I love that they wrestle with it and then live out what they decide and find these amazing days. Chrissy in an early chapter gives the description of what seems to be their life pattern: Listen. Believe. Go. See Christ there. Repeat.

I love their honesty as well. This "living out faithfulness" is hard and they are honest about the struggles, fears, a
Leah Hood
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
At first glance, it may be tempting to write off Adam and Christine Jeske as counter-cultural, globe trotting hippies. But don't!! Through poignant stories and honest tales of their (truly amazing) international adventures, the Jeske's have forged their own unique path into adulthood. Even more impressive is their transition back to America and into the world of 9-5 jobs, home-ownership, Target shopping, and American child-rearing as they return "home" and put down roots. The book is part travel ...more
Jun 13, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was great for some perspective and encouragement as I get ready to marry and "settle down" for a bit with my partner met while traveling. The book reads like a series of blog posts (i really enjoy some of the Jeske's blog posts). I was hoping for a bit more depth, and perhaps I should go back and read their earlier books. There are many subtleties of their travel and work that were not developed and definitely should be for those who dream of similar adventures.

That said, I really enj
Eric Reidsma
Dec 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Not really a story as it jumped around a lot with just a lot of their experiences, but was interesting and some good lines that really made me think, like about those living in poverty so why would you waste money on hair gel and how we are so controlled by fear and why we shouldn’t be.
The kind of book that I should have read using a highlighter as I read it. I just wish it had more structure - some kind of story line.
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I appreciated it because the authors live in my hometown and also because I am trying to figure out my future. I love how they look to make their new, more traditional, lifestyle one that honors God and is an adventure daily. I look forward to incorporating some of their ideas, like a regular gathering of friends and a massive housewarming party, whenever I am in a place where these things are feasible. This book made me excited for the future.
Shelly S
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Passion for God and people explodes in the life of the Jeskes like Coke erupting from a shaken can. The more I read, the more I wanted to read. I felt discipled around the globe as though I was a live-in guest watching their every move. I am challenged to not only find the amazing in the ordinary but to see, in fact, ordinary sometimes is amazing.
Justin Tibbels
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
My Ordinary Adventure intersected with the Jeskes’ in Madison, WI in the summer of 2010. I was a fresh hire right out of college at InterVarsity’s Orientation for New Staff (ONS). I sat down at a table at the poolside reception and introduced myself to a guy named Adam.

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Oct 08, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This book was interesting, lively reading. Sometimes hard to believe, and it seems they over think things at times, stressing a bit much about "amazing days." I appreciate winning this book and know just who I will share it with!
Jan 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Not a lot of why but certainly a lot of what. However, it kept me interested. They are good storytellers and know how to pull heart strings.
Feb 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Good collection of experiences and a great reminder to live fully even in simple seemingly "ordinary regular" circumstances.
Oct 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
A world-changing, continent-hopping family has to settle down in Anywhere, USA and discover how to find adventure in their now seemingly ordinary lives.
Aug 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Adam and Chrissy do a great job of inspiring people to live amazing lives even in ordinary circumstances.
Feb 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful story of two Wisconsin natives and their journey serving God in several countries. Their story was inspirational!
Sep 24, 2012 marked it as dearly-departed
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