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The Wondering Years {a Review}

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I first heard of this book on the Sorta Awesome Podcast, and I bought a copy for my oldest’s teacher for Christmas based solely on that. When it popped up as eligible to review I jumped at it.

I finished it in a couple of days, and overall it was a good read. It was enjoyable and made me chuckle at parts. I believe the author and I are the same age, or very close in age.

The references to pop-culture made me giggle, particularly when juxtaposed to the “Christian” up bringing of the 90s and all it’s awkwardness.

I flew through the first half of the book, nodding my head in agreement…then something happened, it started to get slow and deeper, not in a bad way…just in an I-don’t-think-this-is-what-I-signed-up-for way. It was still very well written and enjoyable, but it started to deviate from the pop culture parallels.

By the last chapter it was no longer entertaining. McCoy discusses his walk of faith much more and dives into dealing with his father’s cancer diagnosis. What started out as light and humorous made a complete turn around to something much deeper and serious.

Don’t get me wrong, it was still well written, but I felt that the last quarter of the book was a complete redirect from what I thought the book was. If I had known that, I probably wouldn’t have gifted it to my kid’s teacher.

The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You {a Review}

Honestly, my interest in this book was solely because of the cover! It’s so simple and welcoming….which is a good way to describe the entire book. This adult thing is hard, it’s hard to make and keep friends, it’s hard to extend ourselves to others, when we barely feel like we’re keeping our own heads up.

Martin’s book, The Ministry of Ordinary Places, is about just that; allowing the little things, allowing the ordinary things of our days to be our ministry to others and to ourselves. We have become a society that is obsessed with the extraordinary. So much so that we’ve forgotten about the beauty in the every day ordinary.

This book does a great job of paving the way and letting us see how God can work in even the most mundane.