Never Settle for Normal: The Proven Path to Significance and Happiness
By Jonathan Parnell (Multnomah/Penguin Random House)
Jonathan Parnell, lead pastor of Cities Church in Minneapolis and long-time writer for John Piper’s DesiringGod.org speaks to both skeptics and searchers in Never Settle for Normal. Parnell’s main premise is that there is a difference between mere normality and the transcendent glory of God.
The first chapter is entitled “The Stupid Normal,” taken from a very cute family illustration. From that starting point, Parnell explores the idea that our relationship needs to be anything but a normal relationship. Parnell talks about a Father who loves us even though we are fallen. God has blessed us with his Son, Jesus, to come and through the cross, he saved us in a violent rescue. Parnell discusses creation, the fall, redemption and being a new creation.
The book includes a chapter study, exhaustive endnotes and both topical and Scriptural indices.
Never Settle for Normal would be a good addition to any minister’s library, and it would be an excellent resource to hand to seekers and new Christians.
Skip Holman, minister of discipleship
Northeast Baptist Church