Ordinary: How to turn the world upside down (book review)
Once in a while I will read a book that not only captivates my attention but also convicts my soul. Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down by Tony Merida is a book that has done both. It’s a small book that one can easily get through in a couple of hours but the impact that it leaves is a great one.
In some Christian circles there is always the call to be radical or to be more “on fire for Jesus.” Some chant let’s take this city for Jesus and look for ways to be open and vocal. Tony’s premise is to just be ordinary and change the world through simple ordinary acts. Christianity isn’t supposed to be flashy, rather it’s supposed to be like yeast that permeates and affects the culture around it. Tony reminds us in this book that God is looking for ordinary people willing to do ordinary things.
His goal is: “Throughout this small book, I want to identify some ‘ordinary things’ that ordinary people like us can do, and if we do them with gospel intentionality (speaking and showing the gospel), then we can make an extraordinary impact.” I feel that he accomplished his goal.
Tony lays out God’s heart for those suffering injustice. He gives great scriptural evidence to how God feels about widows, orphans and the poor. He makes point after point about our responsibility as Christians to look after those that have no one to look after them.
Tony addresses such issues as:
- Showing compassion
- Showing hospitality
- Caring for the fatherless
- Speaking out for the voiceless
- Walking in humility
He lists quite a few resources and ideas on how one can do ordinary things that can have great impact in the lives of others.
I was quite convicted because I realized that in my own life I wasn’t looking out for the needs of others as well as I could be. This book would be a great personal study or group study for anyone wanting to do something great for God in ordinary ways.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.