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Wednesday's Were Pretty Normal

Wednesday's Were Pretty Normal

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"Wednesdays were pretty normal," writes Michael Kelley, looking for a bright spot amidst the chemotherapy routine brought on by his two-year-old son Joshua's cancer diagnosis. His book of the same name offers much to anyone who's tired of prescriptive spirituality and would rather acknowledge and work through the difficulties of faith with some transparency.

Joshua battled and beat the disease, but not before his family had to reconcile what it means to believe in God despite a broken world. His dad's personal account of that fight to survive sparks a larger discussion of how Christians must learn to walk in the light of Christ's promises despite the dark shadows of earthly pain. Indeed, it's pain that sometimes opens the door to a deeper experience with Jesus, an authentic relationship that holds steady even when life loses the comfort of normalcy.

Endorsements:

"Get ready to go on a remarkable journey . . .  Faith is more than a gift we're given; it's a tool we must exercise and use in order to experience its supernatural power. Michael Kelley poignantly illustrates the process of turning faith from a noun to a verb and how it can transform and shape our ability to persevere. Everyone needs to read this book."

Pete Wilson, author ofPlan B

"I sat down to skim this and instead read every word start to finish. Reader, please listen to me: If you have ever suffered, struggled, doubted, wrestled with a God who allows hunger and disease and two-year-old boys to get cancer, if you have attempted to believe God in the midst of devastation or fear, please devour this book like the gift it is. Thank you, Michael, for not only honestly sharing your story with us but drawing us deeper into the true, rich, genuine love of Jesus who cries with us, stays by us, and redeems us."

Jen Hatmaker, author of7

"Anyone who has ever had a sick child will find much needed words of comfort, encouragement, and a powerful reminder that you're not alone. Whether for yourself or your friends, you'll discover divine solace in these pages."

Margaret Feinberg, author ofScouting the DivineandHungry for God

"A huge man and a tiny child walk hand in hand through these pages, then right out of the book and into your heart.  Read it for your own edification, if you wish!  But be alert, there are other parents you may not have noticed, who grieve quietly and are much afraid . . . They need this book."

Calvin Miller, author ofThe Singertrilogy

"In the midst of a battle no wants to face, Michael wrestled issues about God and faith and the difficulty of life that most of us will in some way. Honest, heart breaking but beating loudly with hope, Wednesdays were pretty normal is a beautiful book." 

Jon Acuff, author ofQuitterandStuff Christians Like

"Michael points back to a God that is deeper than the pain and doubts, and guides us beyond Christian platitudes to genuine rest in the arms of our heavenly Father. I look forward to recommending this book to people in our church."

J.D. Greear, author ofGospel

"Michael Kelley is a gifted communicator and offers the church in this generation much promise. I am pleased not only to recommend this book, but also to commend this faithful servant of the Lord."

Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources
 
 


"This is not a sentimental memoir or another theoretical look at suffering. Instead, Michael leads us to the intersection of faith and life, of God's love and our pain, of God's plan and our questions."


Trevin Wax, author ofCounterfeit GospelsandHoly Subversion
 

"I feel very strongly that this story is one that must be shared again and again. You'll find yourself seeing faith, hope, and ultimately, God, in a much more intimate way than you have before."


Mark Batterson, author ofIn a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

". .  . It is also a story about hope and the God whose love reaches us in the deepest depths, the God whose middle name is Surprise! You must read this book!"

Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University



- Publisher

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About "Wednesday's Were Pretty Normal"

"Wednesdays were pretty normal," writes Michael Kelley, looking for a bright spot amidst the chemotherapy routine brought on by his two-year-old son Joshua's cancer diagnosis. His book of the same name offers much to anyone who's tired of prescriptive spirituality and would rather acknowledge and work through the difficulties of faith with some transparency.

Joshua battled and beat the disease, but not before his family had to reconcile what it means to believe in God despite a broken world. His dad's personal account of that fight to survive sparks a larger discussion of how Christians must learn to walk in the light of Christ's promises despite the dark shadows of earthly pain. Indeed, it's pain that sometimes opens the door to a deeper experience with Jesus, an authentic relationship that holds steady even when life loses the comfort of normalcy.

Endorsements:

"Get ready to go on a remarkable journey . . .  Faith is more than a gift we're given; it's a tool we must exercise and use in order to experience its supernatural power. Michael Kelley poignantly illustrates the process of turning faith from a noun to a verb and how it can transform and shape our ability to persevere. Everyone needs to read this book."

Pete Wilson, author ofPlan B

"I sat down to skim this and instead read every word start to finish. Reader, please listen to me: If you have ever suffered, struggled, doubted, wrestled with a God who allows hunger and disease and two-year-old boys to get cancer, if you have attempted to believe God in the midst of devastation or fear, please devour this book like the gift it is. Thank you, Michael, for not only honestly sharing your story with us but drawing us deeper into the true, rich, genuine love of Jesus who cries with us, stays by us, and redeems us."

Jen Hatmaker, author of7

"Anyone who has ever had a sick child will find much needed words of comfort, encouragement, and a powerful reminder that you're not alone. Whether for yourself or your friends, you'll discover divine solace in these pages."

Margaret Feinberg, author ofScouting the DivineandHungry for God

"A huge man and a tiny child walk hand in hand through these pages, then right out of the book and into your heart.  Read it for your own edification, if you wish!  But be alert, there are other parents you may not have noticed, who grieve quietly and are much afraid . . . They need this book."

Calvin Miller, author ofThe Singertrilogy

"In the midst of a battle no wants to face, Michael wrestled issues about God and faith and the difficulty of life that most of us will in some way. Honest, heart breaking but beating loudly with hope, Wednesdays were pretty normal is a beautiful book." 

Jon Acuff, author ofQuitterandStuff Christians Like

"Michael points back to a God that is deeper than the pain and doubts, and guides us beyond Christian platitudes to genuine rest in the arms of our heavenly Father. I look forward to recommending this book to people in our church."

J.D. Greear, author ofGospel

"Michael Kelley is a gifted communicator and offers the church in this generation much promise. I am pleased not only to recommend this book, but also to commend this faithful servant of the Lord."

Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources
 
 


"This is not a sentimental memoir or another theoretical look at suffering. Instead, Michael leads us to the intersection of faith and life, of God's love and our pain, of God's plan and our questions."


Trevin Wax, author ofCounterfeit GospelsandHoly Subversion
 

"I feel very strongly that this story is one that must be shared again and again. You'll find yourself seeing faith, hope, and ultimately, God, in a much more intimate way than you have before."


Mark Batterson, author ofIn a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day

". .  . It is also a story about hope and the God whose love reaches us in the deepest depths, the God whose middle name is Surprise! You must read this book!"

Timothy George, founding dean, Beeson Divinity School of Samford University


- Publisher

Meet the Author

Michael Kelley

Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous written works include "Holy Vocabulary", "The Tough Sayings of Jesus", and "Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal".<BR>

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3 stars By Gayle, Sep 30 2012
I thought this book was a story about a child with cancer, but it is more about the spiritual journey of the father during this experience. I found it made me confront many of my own long held "text book spiritual platitudes", which was good. But it is quite slow, and very much a devotionalsermon style book, and not really a story. I found it slow, as there are no super high points, just the many thoughts and musings of a parent confronting the challenging situation of serious illness in their child. It borders on boring at times, but if you plough through it, there are definately times when it makes you really really think about what you have always just accepted. 
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  • Catalogue Code 335586
  • Product Code 9781433671692
  • ISBN 1433671697
  • EAN 9781433671692
  • Pages 264
  • Department General Books
  • Category Biography
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Broadman & Holman
  • Publication Date Mar 2012
  • Sales Rank #68744
  • Dimensions 215 x 139 x 17 mm
  • Weight 0.302kg

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