“Wednesdays were pretty normal,” writes Michael Kelley, looking for a bright spot amidst the chemotherapy routine brought on by his two-year-old son Joshua’s cancer diagnosis. His book of the same name offers much to anyone who’s tired of prescriptive spirituality and would rather acknowledge and work through the difficulties of faith with some transparency.
Joshua battled and beat the disease, but not before his family had to reconcile what it means to believe in God despite a broken world. His dad’s personal account of that fight to survive sparks a larger discussion of how Christians must learn to walk in the light of Christ’s promises despite the dark shadows of earthly pain. Indeed, it’s pain that sometimes opens the door to a deeper experience with Jesus, an authentic relationship that holds steady even when life loses the comfort of normalcy.
About the Author
Michael Kelley is director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources. His previous written works include Holy Vocabulary, The Tough Sayings of Jesus, and Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal.
I feel very strongly this story is one that must be shared again and again. You'll find yourself seeing faith, hope, and ultimately, God, in a much more intimate way than you have before.
Get ready to go on a remarkable journey...Michael Kelley poignantly illustrates the process of turning faith from a noun into a verb and how it can transform and shape our ability to persevere. Everyone needs to read this book.
Reader, please listen to me: If you have ever suffered, struggled, doubted, wrestled with a God who allows hunger and diseases and two-year-old boys to get cancer, if you have attempted to believe God in the midst of devastation or fear, please devour this book like the fit it is.
Michael points back to a God that is deeper than the pain and doubt, and guides us beyond Christian platitudes to genuine rest in the arms of our heavenly Father. I look forward to recommending this book to people in our church who can't seem to get an answer to the 'why'.