Book #34: Average Joe

Average Joe: God’s extraordinary calling to ordinary men – Troy Meeder

Multnomah Books – 2011 – ISBN:  978-1601423078

God seems to have a special fondness for average Joes.  Before they accomplished extraordinary deeds, normal guys like Gideon, David, Peter, and Paul went about their farming, sheep herding, fishing, and tent making.  Even Jesus, our Redeemer, Healer, and coming King, started out using a hammer and say in a carpenter’s shop.

Troy Meeder defines the plight of the every man in the church today.  This incredibly insightful books takes a look at the man whose sole call from God seems to be the taking care of his family and fulfilling their material and monetary needs.  The words, average or common, define a generation of men across the age spectrum that seem to believe that faithfulness is enough and a life less ordinary is define by how he cares for his family.

This books is specifically designed for men.  Troy is a former pastor who idolized pastors as if they possessed some super power.  Troy realized after his time as a youth pastor that average men ( the every man) get a bad rap for not being more super heroish.

The chapters in this book are divided into three divisions that contains several chapters.  These divisions help men to break out of the titles bestowed upon them and begin to recognize the traits that God desires and honors in men.  Faithfulness, friendship, courage, honor.  All men need these concepts taught and drilled into them through a mentor who can be a Paul.

When men realize this destiny, they are able to impact generations of young men.  As our country often finds men abdicating responsibility and hope, Troy’s call for male followers of Christ to stand up and lead is needed more than eve.

Thank you average men who shaped and formed me.  Thank you Gary Arnold and Marty Reese.  Thank you Keith Russell and David Warren. Thank you Terry Westerman and Rex Holt.   Thank you Dan Langston, John Wyckoff, Doyle Jones, and my dad, Danny Price.  Your contributions to my life explode every day in the lives of my children and the world that this Average Joe strives to change.

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