Weird Because Normal Isn’t Working Book Review

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

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  • Donna P says:

    Our Home Group is studying this book and we love it! The concept is wonderful! It’s how the world has tried to turn things around by saying somethings that go against God or His will are now considered “normal” because the bible and the commandments were written so long ago. As if God would write it differently today. So we, the people who believe, pray, etc… are now looked upon as the “weird” and how we should not feel bad about it in any way.

  • Kim D says:

    I’m actually in the process of reading this book and was looking for some reviews on it to give me an idea of what to expect. It was recommended by my Pastor who is currently preaching a series on this very subject. I have to say that although I haven’t read the book yet, it seems that Christine has missed the author’s point. Surely CHRIST doesn’t see us as weird, but if we follow God’s Word and not the way of the world, then guess what? According to those who are of the world, we’re weird. I think the bigger picture and message of the book is to set yourselves apart from those who are of the flesh and follow God. Don’t do things that are seen as normal by the world’s standards but do things that please Him even if other’s who don’t know God think it’s weird.

    • Christine says:

      I didn’t like the book because I thought the content was not original. I’ve read the same concept in other books and much of this book was already written in one of Craig’s other books. I like his other books, so if this is your first book by the author the material will be new and you’ll enjoy it. I recommend his book The Christian Atheist- its one of my favorite books!

  • Christine says:

    Something “weird” is going on with this book! I’m an Amazon reviewer, and was unable to post a comment on this book because the review link was inaccessible. When the book officially released today, there were 65 5-star reviews! Shocking, because I’ve read the book. As I looked at the reviews, I noticed something in common- many were one or two sentences, not common with book reviews I’ve been reading for the past three years. I started clicking the names of these reviewers and saw the book Weird was the only book they had reviewed, or this book and one other by the same author. This disturbs me 🙁 For the past two weeks only one review appeared for this book, and the reviewer had a similar experience as mine and gave it three stars. Today on the release date, 65 positive reviews appeared!

    I ask you to pray over this. I’ve reviewed numerous books, I rarely (only twice) gave a book a one-star rating, and many people are claiming this book is great. Ask the Lord to expose the truth in my heart and reveal to me where I missed the awesomeness of this book. Pray for a deeper understanding as to what I missed in the content and message of the book. I’m completely stumped by the sudden and overwhelming popularity of this book. I must be “weird” because I did not like the book. Pray for me.

  • Christine says:

    Here is a review of the book Weird, written by Lysa TerKeurst. She loved the book! Posting it here so you can see another opinion:

    http://lysaterkeurst.com/2011/04/weird-because-normal-isnt-working/

  • Kathy hickey says:

    Your readers might be interested in watching the series about it that Craig just started. I watched week 1 tonight, and it was excellent! It will replay 60+ times throughout the week at live.lifechurch.tv

  • I’m glad you gave an honest review. Of course it has made me curious to read it 🙂 But I don’t understand Christians who take their writing off on odd tangents about sex and other things that don’t seem appropriate in a public setting. I appreciate your honesty!

    Blessings,
    Mel
    Please feel free to stop by: Trailing After God

    • Christine says:

      I’m a huge fan of Craig Groeschel, so when I saw the new book I could not wait to read it. I was disappointed in this one, though his other books are worth reading. Thank you for stopping by Mel!

  • Susan Lawrence says:

    Thanks for this review! This was on my “perhaps read soon” list, but that list multiplies so rapidly, I’m always looking for “rubber stamps,” helping me position it on my priority reading list. I think I’ll move this one down a couple notches. So many books, so little time! 🙂

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