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Radically Normal: You Don't Have to Live Crazy to Follow Jesus

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  60 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God—almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries, and popular speakers, do you feel just a bit second-class, as if your life appears lukewarm and not as radical as theirs?

You’re not alone. A vague sense of guilt is common in the church. We know God’s grace is the key to eternal life, but it’s so much more than that—it’s the ke
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2014 by Harvest House Publishers
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Paula Vince
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book wasn't exactly what I expected from the title and blurb, but still a good read. I'd expected something along the lines of considering our Average Joe status radical, in these days when everyone seems to strive to be special. However, its message turns out to be about not veering too far on either side of the 'spiritual' spectrum, complacency or obsessiveness. Normal may be well-balanced.

Josh Kelley describes how he'd grown up unconsciously classifying people as either 'normal' or 'supe
Becky Lewis
Jul 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Super Christians Need Not Apply!

"Yikes! BESTED again by Super Christian Bob or Jane, I'm not ever going to match up to what God wants me to be." Or "Don't worry, be happy, just live your life as you will, God will make it all turn out all right." (Quotes are my own paraphrases.) Josh Kelley writes this book to save us from either attitude- the cliff of super spiritual legalism or the cliff of common complacency.

Josh deals with assumptions that some vocations are more spiritual than others, makin
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Kelley has tried to give Christians the means to walk in that path avoiding obsessive behavior on the one side and complacency on the other. I think he has done a pretty good job. He writes much about motives and I think that is a key. His work reminds me a little of John Piper's in that Kelley wants us to enjoy God's creation. Kelley advocates obedience to God because we want to, out of joy, rather than obligation or thinking we must please Him. I was a little unsure for the first half of the b ...more
Carl Jenkins
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was really just an all around fantastic book. The "radical Christian" books have been popular, and I've read a few, but they always left me feeling more disappointed with myself than inspired to be more. Usually they seem to revolve around Christians who have gone above and beyond to be "extreme Christians."

Kelley approaches it from a different angle, noting that Christians SHOULD be radical in the way they live, but also noting that most of us are going to live what feel like "normal lives
Jul 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I hardly know why I wanted to read this book in the first place. It's not bad at all, I hasten to add, only the topic of how to avoid both obsessive and complacent Christianity hasn't really bothered me personally in a very long time.
What I really liked was the chapter about not wasting one's pain which really fit into my situation, recovering from a major accident.
There are quite a few other helpful, encouraging and refreshing insights, too.
Cheri Swalwell
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege of reading Radically Normal by Josh Kelley. What a great book! I was skeptical at first since I truly enjoy the books talking about living a life fully devoted to God and wondered if he was going to negate those messages…but instead I realized he believes the same beliefs I do…and the same ones our church reinforces all the time.

I can’t speak for all the radical authors out there, but the ones that I admire speak the same language as Mr. Kelley. You don’t have to sell a
A.C. Cuddy
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“It’s okay to be normal. Do you feel that your life is pleasing to God – almost? When you hear about pastors, missionaries and Christian celebrities, do you feel just a bit “less-than.” As if your life isn’t quite as meaningful as theirs? You’re not alone – that guilty feeling is all too common in the church. Josh Kelley shows why you can be a fully committed follower of Jesus Christ without selling everything you own and becoming a missionary to India.”

I was intrigued when I read the back cover
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Josh Kelley, pastor in a small church that struggles financially, causing him to be in need of a second job to supplement his income. This is not the plan Josh had for his life and he deals with all kinds of emotions as he takes on a job at Starbucks and faces serving pastors he once met with for coffee, at this very coffee shop.

The book is broken down into bite size, chapters, covering some topics we may not have really thought about or were to afraid to ask about such as the extremes of obses
Sep 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Radically Normal by Josh Kelley is easy to read, shows humor and teaches through stories about himself and others that he knows. Josh Kelley is a pastor and he shows how God taught him about Christianity, what we perceive and what God sees and wants. Being a "Radical Christian" isn't about extremes but being committed to God through day to day small things, joy, love and allowing yourself to be led by God. Blessings come in all forms. Most are just small things that happened in our daily lives, ...more
Janice Garey
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Review Title: Radically Following the Straight Path to Joy in the Lord
(a review of Radically Normal by Josh Kelley)
Reviewer: Janice S. Garey
*****5 Stars
Radically Normal has a message that all Christians need to be concerned with. We try to live by Christ's words and not be judgemental of others, but so often we fail. We fall into comparison and judge who is most Christianly and who falls short. We often do this by looking at ourselves as the divining rod to find the living water in one person an
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Radically Normal
By Josh Kelley
You don't have to live crazy to follow Jesus...

Do you ever feel that you're just not good enough to call yourself a Christian? Do you feel guilty when you attend church services because you aren't out on the mission field taking the Gospel to other countries? Did you grow-up with the understanding that only those who were out actively preaching and pointing out the sins of others the only true believers?

Well, this isn't the message Jesus taught. Jesus reached out to
Benedict Tan
I'm slightly conflicted about this book. On the one hand, the questions he asks are relevant for this moment in the history of Christianity. On the other hand, I found the answers he provided wanting on multiple fronts.

The good stuff first: Kelley's basic thesis is that 'complacent' Christianity and 'obsessive' Christianity are on opposite ends of a spectrum. And there seems to be no middle ground. So in this book, he proposes that middle ground - what he terms 'radically normal' Christians (he
Phyllis Freeman
Jul 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Radically Normal by Josh Kelley

Kelley says that if Christian living and sacrifice is built on guilt, obligation, or legalism, we have obsessive faith. If we, instead, live in the joy of obeying God within our own calling, then we are radically normal Christians. Wholehearted devotion to God consists of radical obedience lived out in surprisingly normal, joy-filled ways.
He says it is less effort to live in either legalism (rules and expectations) or worldliness, but Kelley writes that the reward
Nov 11, 2015 rated it liked it
The main theme that runs through the book is that we need to avoid the opposite dangers of 'complacent Christianity' (loving the world too much) and 'obsessive Christianity' (being legalistic & joyless). We need to be radically normal, ie. enjoy this world and all the wonderful, good gifts that God gives us to enjoy on this earth, whilst hungering for our eternal home.
We're not to be weirdly separate from the world we live in, but normal humans living in and contributing to society. But we'
Gail Welborn
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***On a scale of 1 to 5 "Radically Normal" is a five plus!***

Pastor Josh Kelly, Mount Vernon, WA takes a thought-provoking, often entertaining look at why Christians shouldn't feel they "have to live crazy to follow Jesus," the sub title of his debut release, Radically Normal. Where he writes, "normal Christians" can act in radical obedience to Christ "without acting obsessive or complacent."

He doesn't intend to discourage Christians from doing "radical things" for the Lord if that's what God c
Victoria Brinius
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book reminded me that God has a plan for all of us. Some of us are Disciples, some of us are preachers, and some of us are made to live everyday lives faithfully. By living the way we are chosen we are showing God's love in everyday activities. We each have our own talents that we can use to share God with others. I liked that this book was for everyday people, with every day jobs. Middle class workers are also mentioned. The questions for discussion would be great for Confirmation class or ...more
Derinda Babcock
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
RADICALLY NORMAL is a book all Christians should read. Josh Kelley's writing style is personable and easy to understand, and the message of living a radically normal life in obedience to Christ, is thought-provoking and motivating. Some of the chapter headings caught my attention: Obsessive and Complacent Christianity, It's Okay to Be Normal, Greatness for Average Joes, When God Throws a Party. Josh doesn't tell, he shows how this worked, and is working, in his own life. I appreciated his honest ...more
Christy Bower
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: perspective
Radically Normal was a normal book. (Hey, what did you expect?) In a culture where we are constantly urged to be “radical” Christians, author Josh Kelley provides a more balanced perspective by suggesting that it’s okay to be normal for Jesus. Rather than feeling guilty for not being radical enough, maybe we should strive to be radically normal. It’s a refreshing counterbalance to the prevailing ideas of what it means to live for Christ in the world today.

This review (with a brief book excerpt)
Percy Kennedy
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I've met the author and I can truly say that Josh is "radically normal". I believe his message is awake up call to believers to begin to see that the greatest works of Jesus were not done in a building. Jesus' greatest works were done outside the walls of the church. Josh's book Radically Normal is a challenge to see Walmart, the restaurants we frequent, the places we buy our gas, our workplace and our families as our greatest mission field. The book is great; meeting him in person was so much b ...more
Taylor Rollo
An excellent balance of living life as an ordinary Christian in whatever vocation to which God has called us while still avoiding complacency in our Christian walk. There is one chapter, the one on the end times, that I disagree with theologically, but overall, this is an excellent book. I plan to use it and the free online resources as a Sunday school class at my church.
Lori Weller
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
adically Normal is a book that can relate to anyone in any job. It is put in a way that anyone can understand. I felt it best read slowly to absorb it totally. The author shows that God does can about the small stuff and just desires obedience from us.
I received the book from the Book Club Network in exchage for my honest opinion.
Virginia Winfield
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a better book than I thought it might be. It really made me think and I agreed with much of what he said. He made me see some things in different ways. I hope it makes me a better person if I put some of this in action. I received this from for a fair and honest opinion.
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Hi, my name is Josh. I grew up in western Washington in a loving Christian home. In 1999, I graduated from LIFE Pacific College in San Dimas, CA, with a BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Biblical Languages. Later I did graduate work in Biblical Studies at Trinity Western University in Langley, Canada and was also an adjunct professor at Pacific Life Bible College in Surrey, Canada for one year ...more
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