Ordinary (Tony Merida) Book Review

First of all, to me, the cover art of this book is borderline horrible. If you like it, great. If you don’t: quick open the book and start reading it anyways.


I found this book a fantastic challenge. It looks at what people’s lives who claim to love Jesus and be all about the Gospel should really look like practically. I think the message here is very much needed in our present day where there are some Christians extremely worried about social justice, yet overlooking Biblical orthodoxy, and on the other side believers who are big on doctrine and yet all their proper theology isn’t seeming to result in a life that closely mirrors Jesus’. To Tony it’s not an either or. It’s both. We need correct doctrine. We need good teaching. We need to study the Bible well. We need to love the Gospel. And, as a response to what God has done for us: we need to help the poor. We need to be hospitable people. We should be helping the orphans. We should be freeing the oppressed. We should be speaking for those without a voice. Our faith without works is a dead faith.

While the book is a kick in the pants to help motivate you, it is done in a loving manner.┬áTony isn’t writing with a harsh, judgemental tone. Tony doesn’t beat around the bush, he’s very clear and easy to follow. He says hard things, but he doesn’t come across as arrogant or a jerk. The different chapters cover different topics, so you don’t feel like your being beat over the head with the same hammer all book. All the chapters are convincing and challenging.

If you’re looking for “you need to sell your house, move to Africa, and adopt 9 kids, this book isn’t that. If you’re looking for reassurance that you can just keep on living your comfortable (selfish) life, than this book won’t make you feel good about yourself either (but you definitely should read it!). To me, it seems very well grounded in scripture.

I found Tony to have convincing, convicting arguments presented in a Gospel-soaked manner. He’s calling Jesus-followers to rise up and live their life for others, to live a life marked by love.

One of the huge challenges for us today is “why do we spend so much time looking at what Jesus said, and so little time looking at how he lived his life?”

This isn’t a save yourself book. It’s not self-help. It’s not an angry guilt trip. I believe it’s a picture of what we should look like as we become more and more overcome with the Gospel.

The narration of the audiobook version is great. I did notice a mistake (I think) near the end of the book where God is described as “Meditating”. I’m pretty sure it should’ve been “Mediating” but I haven’t seen the print version to compare. Definitely not a game breaker. Very easy to listen to. I think the fact that I was able to stay quite engaged while listening to the book while working speaks to the fact of this being a well written book well worthy of your attention.

I found this book a great challenge, and I highly recommend you check it out as well.

I received a complimentary review copy of the audiobook version of this book courtesy of http://www.christianaudio.com

5/5 Paper Movement Stars

Ordinary (Tony Merida) Book Review