Ordinary by Tony Merida is an outcry for the Jesus follower to be aware of the following:
1-Human beings are made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) and therefore, are worthy of dignity and respect.
2-Followers of Jesus are called to follow the command stated in Matthew 22: 36-40. We, as the first church did, accomplish this through demonstrating humility, hospitality, caring for orphans, being a voice for the voiceless, and offering neighborly love.
3-Social injustices are occurring in our broken world every day. We long for something better, for something whole, for something unbroken. We long for Jesus.
4-In hope of His return, there are ways we can and should be helping our neighbors. What has been characterized as extraordinary and radical in the past should be the ordinary mindset of a Christian with an eternal perspective.
Merida's book is packed with gospel truths and real-life examples meant to provoke the reader to action. He presents multiple levels of practical applications to enable the reader to begin combatting social injustices today. In the conclusion, the reader is left with two questions: 1) Are you laboring for the good of others? 2) Are you laboring in hope?
A short, powerful read with life-changing potential! Highly recommend.
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Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.