In the hustle and bustle of daily life, we are constantly struggling to fit in and relate well to our culture. For the Christian, the problem with fitting in is that God has never called us to be normal. That is the theme of Craig Groeschel’s book, Weird: Because normal isn’t working. His premise for writing the book is that the believer is to be easily distinguished from the world. Their lives are to have a different priority. Their relationships should be others centered, their time should be structured to bring glory to God, etc. Groeschel says that the Christian should be weird.
The book is divided into five sections that deal with different areas of the Christian’s life that should look a little “weird.” Groeschel addresses each section in three chapters that approach the topics from a separate angle. He deals with the believer’s time, money, relationships, sex, and values. Perhaps my favorite idea that Groeschel presented in the book was in the section on relationships, but the idea can be applied to the all the topics he addresses. He said that many times the believer is working hard to hit the bullseye in their relationships. We feel like we are doing well in an area, and we are tireless in our effort. The problem is that many times, we are aiming at the wrong target. “So you mean all that work I am doing is fruitless because I am working toward the wrong goal?” That’s it! We become consumed in so many areas of our lives thinking we are doing the right thing, but are we putting God first? Are we following His plan? I remember that Adrian Rodgers once said that he could love his wife better as the second priority in his life than the first. The truth is, when we put God first and stop trying to write our own destiny, we find that he directs our steps and leads us down rewarding paths of spiritual growth and abundant living.
Groeschel does a nice job of cutting through the rat race of the Christian life and showing us how the Bible says we should live. I found the book to be encouraging and straightforward. It was hard to put down. It deals with practical areas of the daily walk and will touch every life with a need to reflect and reevaluate. I have bought another copy of the book to loan out to young people who are trying to establish their identity. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had an army of young Christians that were more worried about bringing glory to God than fitting in. I may not agree with every single area of Groeschel’s theology, but this is a great book. Pick up a copy, read it, and pass it on to a friend!