Book Review: Extraordinary

Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live by  John Bevere

Book provided for review by WaterBrook Press a division of Random House Publishers

I had mixed feelings (have mixed feelings) about this book. I really struggled with the cadence of the story or writing style. First, it took me a while to get engaged in what John Bevere was trying to draw me into (and I’m still unsure if I ever fully engaged with this writing) . This alone was tough for me to push through; imagine, a book titled Extraordinary: The Life You’re Meant to Live which is almost so boring and pedantic that you want to put it down. This was my early assessment, but fortunately this being a review book from Random House and Waterbrook Multnomah, I pressed on and was rewarded (on occasion) with some great teaching points. I said extraordinary“on occasion” which leads to my second point…

I mentioned the cadence of the book; it seemed as though I was on a rollercoaster ride or locked in some literary revolving door. Extraordinary would take me from the most elementary teachings of Christianity to deep and mature truths of Scripture with little or no bridge (like from paragraph to paragraph) with seemingly no rhyme or reason. It was as if I went off to school and my first period class introduced me to numbers (1, 2, 3…), the bell rings and I go to my next class and we study calculus, the bell rings again and we sit down to the next class where we discuss basic addition. The flow of the book just didn’t make a lot of sense to me and it was hard for me to stay focused.

I think, for a new believer or someone who has struggled with their faith, this might be a good book. I don’t know if I could give a hearty recommendation for anyone else. I don’t have any problem with the material or subject matter. I agree with the validity and truth of everything that John Bevere purports in this offering, but I think there are a number of books available that teach the same in a much more comprehensive and didactic flow. This is especially true when I consider other works by Bevere… such as The Bait of Satan, Under Cover, Affabel, and others…

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