While I am a fan of Craig Groeschel’s writing and his last book The Christian Atheist, I found his newest book Weird Because Normal Isn’t Working to be a disappointment. The intent behind the book Weird is to compare and contrast what is normal in society to a Christian standard Groeschel defines as “weird.” He encourages going beyond normal society measures for time management, money spending and giving, sex and relationships, and core values. Being a modern Christian means you fall into a category of weirdness, according to Groeschel. Somehow, I don’t imagine these are words Jesus would use to describe God’s children. In fact, it seems challenging and confrontational to imply that a Christ-follower must be abnormal in society. I was disappointed in the direction of the book, the constant references to sex, and the overindulgence of cliches. Many of the examples presented in the book were mentioned in previous books written by Groeschel. Forgive me for judging, I received an advanced copy of this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review. As stated earlier, I am a big fan of Groeschel’s last book and I found his new book Weird to be a disappointment. Remove the cliches, remove the pride, remove the constant references to sex and focus on the heart of Jesus, in order to make this a better book.
About the Author: Graig Groeschel is the founder and senior pastor of LifeChurch.tv and creator of the popular YouVersion bible application. He is the author of several books including The Christian Atheist and Chazowan. Craig lives with his wife and six children in Oklahoma. You can follow Craig on twitter @CraigGroeschel