Henry Ford is reputed to have said “Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right.” The auto maker was stressing the point that one’s attitude often determines one’s outcome. If one desires a different outcome, one will have to change something. That is a problem when change is seen as a departure from societal norms. Suddenly, you may be doing the right thing, but because you have not taken the “normal” route, you are not seen as successful - only “weird.”
Welcome to the weird world of Pastor Craig Groeschel! In Weird: Because Normal Isn’t Working, Pastor Craig closely examines the societal norms and finds them sorely lacking in their ability to provide a fulfilling life. Because normal isn’t working, he advocates adopting a weird lifestyle. This is not to say he is advocating a “tune in and drop out” mentality or modern-day hippie movement. He is advocating – quite strenuously – for a return to life that closely follows the design laid out by God for a successful and fulfilling life. He challenges his readers to reset their definition of weird and normal.
Groeschel divides his book into 5 sections, looking at topics of time, money, relationships, sex, and values. His pattern of discussion is helpful: first, consideration is given to what is considered normal by society for the given topic, and the resulting frustrations and deficits examined; secondly, biblical teaching is brought to bear on the topic so that the reader may gain an understanding of what God considers normal, though it may be seen to be weird by the world; finally, real and practical applications are made to guide the reader into this new weird pattern of living.
If one were to read Weird with a highlighter in hand, as I did – soon, the highlighter is abandoned because too much is standing out. This is not a book to read once and shelve. It is a work to repeatedly visit and use as a periodic self-diagnosis tool. The changes proposed by Groeschel are large. Those looking for easy correctives will be disappointed. However, as Pastor Craig points out in his introduction, “If small changes would’ve made the difference, you’d have made those changes a long time ago.”
I commend Weird to you for personal edification and profit. – Charles Eldred, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believe in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives.
Simply put, normal isn’t working.
Groeschel’s WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.