Shane Lems has written this book review on The Reformed Reader (HT: The Aquila Report). The book happens to be authored by a close friend of mine, Josh Kelley, who pastored the church I attended while living in Mt. Vernon, Washington (my hometown). As a matter of fact, I had the privilege of helping Josh with the editorial process for this book. The message of Radically Normal is rather simple, and summed up well in its subtitle: “You don’t have to live crazy to follow Jesus.” Josh is pushing back against popular currents in the evangelical world today, which are known by their frequent use of buzzwords like “radical,” “missional,” etc. These words can lead to quite a bit of confusion, potentially even promoting ways of Christian living that don’t line up well with Scripture. It reminds me of Inigo Montoya’s famous line in The Princess Bride, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
I intend to write my own review of this book soon (stay tuned on this blog), so I won’t dive too much into its content right now. So for the moment, check out Shane’s review, and be sure to order Radically Normal on Amazon.