Keep Christianity Weird by Michael Frost

Resist the allure of acceptability and get back to the unsafe roots of our faith!

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I typically only have time to review children's books because the stack of to-be-read tomes next to my bed reaches halfway to the ceiling, but when this offbeat mama comes across a title like this one, I must read it!

The heartbeat of this little book is Romans 12:2, a call to non-conformity and a focus on being set apart by God.

But author Michael Frost isn't talking about bringing the latest gimmick to the pews, he's talking about getting back to the unsafe roots of our faith.

Along the way, he uses examples like Apple's "Think Different" campaign and hipster cities involved in the "Weird City" movement to illustrate his point that although creativity is becoming a more-prized commodity, it's still not enough to push us out of our happy medium of suburban spirituality.

But instead of resorting to stunts like the pastor who zip-lined to the pulpit to introduce his latest sermon series, Frost encourages Christians to follow the "original weirdo," Jesus, and do something truly odd like practicing hospitality to the outsiders in our own neighborhoods -- gathering to share food and stories, learn Scripture, pray, give and serve.

This book is brief and to-the-point, which I appreciated since I never seem to have enough time in a day (did I mention my stack of to-be-read books?). Each of its seven chapters concludes with several "For Your Consideration" questions, making it a great choice for study groups to tackle and discuss. If nothing else, I'm sure this book would promote some really interesting conversations!

Although this book initially caught my eye with its interesting title, my syncopated self was most pleased by the content I found inside. If you're looking for a quick, easy read that will make you reconsider your thoughts on where the church is headed, then I highly recommend exploring this little book for yourself. Pick up a copy here and let me know how you plan to keep Christianity weird!

This book made me think. Are you happy with complacent Christianity today, or are you interested in becoming one of the weird ones? I'd love to hear!  Either leave a comment below or email me at lisahealy (at) outlook (dot) com.

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