Weird by Craig Groeschel


Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the ma...

Details Weird

Release DateApr 9th, 2011
GenreReligion, Christianity, Christian, Christian Living, Faith, Nonfiction, Spirituality

Reviews Weird

  • James
    Because 'wide is the road that leads to destruction...,' Groeschel posits those on the narrow road must be the weird ones and he proceeds to give advice on how we may become weirder. Only problem is it is not that weird. This book aims at being counter-cultural but it has nothing of the prophetic political oomph of, say "The Upside Down Kingdom" by Donald Kraybill. Maybe that is just being picky and an unfair evoking of an Anabaptist, but I just ...
  • Linore
    Pastor Groeschel shares many of his sermons in this book, dovetailing around the theme of being weird for Christ, since "normal isn't working." Each chapter takes on an aspect of life that, if lived normally, results often in failure, stagnation, and lack of joy and satisfaction in the Lord. He is amusing, anecdotal, and makes good points. There's a lot of take away here, and, like a Sunday sermon, we tend to forget what we've heard unless we tak...
  • Hope Miller
    this was a pretty good book. It covers a wide range of topics all related to the subject of what it means to live as a true Christian. there are five categories with three chapters in each category. my favorite one was definitely the first one, time. I would recommend this book.
  • Kat High
    Groeschel makes the argument that in order to truly live the Christian life you must forfeit living a "normal" life. I agree with that and found bits of the book inspiring. But, overall, I thought the narrative voice was mediocre and most of the content was underwhelming. Moreover, the author has a blatantly upper-middleclass worldview and a tendency to judge others (and at times he makes judgements about others in the same paragraph that he clai...
  • Kevin
    I can't think of a good way to express it that comes out the way I really mean it. The best I can do is that Craig Groeschel's Weird...isn't all that weird. Craig Groeschel's Weird is what I suspect the vast majority of people would call normal. Groeschel's Weird is...have a savings account. Don't be a buffoon when traffic is bad. The only chapter where he can really claim to be swimming upstream, culturally, is the chapter on premarital sex. And...
  • James
    I was wandering under a bridge by the river and found these words scratched into the concrete above a few empty bottles of MD 20/20:The true arc of world history over the 3rd millennium will be a radical obliteration of all class, ethnic, national, racial and gender divides under the banner of the one true Church. The people will rise as the one true body of Christ and crush the forces of Satan under their heel. Capitalism will wither away and a ...
  • Zach Henry
    The book Weird, by Craig Groeschel, is an amazing recourse to have to help you during tough times in your Christian walk. It focuses on five main points; time, money, relationships, sex, and values. It gives you insight on how to keep your life “weird” in these areas. The “Time” section talks about how we always need to use our time to serve the Lord, and not wait until later. “There is no time like the present.” The “Money” secti...
  • Jeanie
    The book started with a question that the author asked himself and challenged his readers to ask the same. Which road are you on, the narrow or the wide. If you are on the wide, you are pretty normal. Your life is normal, your life is no different than most, however, if you are on the narrow, you are pretty weird and people will notice. The book had 5 parts that help you identify what path you are on. Time, money, relationships, sex and values. I...
  • David
    Nothing like a friend asking to borrow a book to get me to finally actually read it. My pastor Craig wrote this book earlier this year to accompany a sermon series of the same name that had one of my favorite weeks of the last couple of years (Week 2, Weird is Better). When I've seen the messages, I tend to take the book for granted. I'm glad I finally pulled this off the shelf.The voice is totally Craig's. His message: If you want to be like nor...
  • Kaitlin
    Weird: Because Normal Isn't Working by Craig Groeschel was a really interesting read for me. It challenged me to think about what's "normal" in today's society and how going against what's normal in many cases is what the bible encourages all of us to do. For example, it's normal to have a large amount of debt, to spend all our time working or running to and from events, appointments and various other commitments and even getting divorced from ou...
  • Ingrid
    Craig has great concepts but has little follow through in thoroughly explaining how scripture in context relates to issues he presents. The topic is too narrow and forced into every chapter. It seemed that the word and concept of "weird" failed to be more than a filler word built up by a scarce attempt to bring depth through self gratifying stories. This book falls short and highlights how popular pastors can get away with very little scholarship...
  • Jennifer
    This author came across as judgmental and privileged. Two of my least favorite things. While Christians do have to do “weird” things like pray often, be reverent, and seek him it doesn’t mean we exclude, pass judgment, or overlook the basics like love and kindness. Maybe this was a huge turnoff because I watched a video along with it and heard the author spew hate towards non christians and LGBTQ. Most definitely the last thing I’ll read ...
  • Van Tilburg
    Pastor Groeschel's argument is that Christians should be different from unbelievers, and that compared to them, (the normal people), we should appear "weird". He offers advice for how to get areas of our life to be more Christ-like.
  • Don Current
    Outstanding book. A great look at how Christians should stand out from the crowd in different areas of our lives. Very engaging and thought provoking. He brings it to a very firm conclusion that leaves no doubt about where we should stand. Well done!
  • Shannon
    A great overview of what a Christian life should look like compared to what mainstream American culture might consider Christian.
  • Tina Simmons
    Excellent read. It provides plenty of motivation to be a Christian on fire for the Lord. I highly recommend it.
  • Ginger Rue
    A great read for all Christians about how to really live for Jesus, not settling for worldly standards. Well written and thought-provoking.
  • Jeff Beardsley
    My wife and I lead a small group within our church. Recently, when we were looking for a new topic series to discuss in group, one of the members brought this book, "Weird" by Craig Groeschel, to our attention. Everyone liked the book's concept theme: that Christians should strive to live lives weird because normal is not working, and we set out on a six week study. It was fantastic!After discussing the overall theme, the book digs deeper into fi...
  • Wendy Leonard-Richardson
    I really loved most of this book. Being different and your own person on the right path is the basis for this book. He addresses everything from church to finances to sex and sexuality. That last one is where I had a bit of an issue leading to 3 stars instead of more. I agreed with a lot of what he said but the homosexuality/ bisexuality aspect was a point of contention. I do not feel anyone should be treated differently including those non strai...
  • Gary
    I listened to the audio version, and to be frank, there was a distraction. I don't know if it was someone else reading the book rather than the author's voice. Or maybe it was the rhythm of the stories didn't resonate. I usually like Craig Groeschel's work so I am sad I didn't connect like I wanted.
  • Allison Gardner
    I really wanted to like this because I love Craig. The content was okay, but wasn’t very deep (which is not a bad thing but wasn’t what I was looking for), and the writing wasn’t very captivating. I love his sermons, but I hope his other books are better!
  • Christopher Spaich
    Pastor Craig does a wonderful job teaching how happy you can be when you become weird. I read this book one chapter a day and it totally changed my outlook on things that I could be doing different for me and my family. Highly recommend!
  • Mikayla Todd
    Craig has some strong opinions but his perspective is an appreciated change contrasting societal norms- and he challenges you to a better and more fulfilling life. :)
  • Lindsey
    Loved it. Very convicting.
  • Eunice
    I read the book, and it was phenomenal. Really felt comforted that I am not the only struggling through these things! Check out his sermons online!
  • Amanda
    Life changing book.
  • Cherries LIN
    這本書幫助我解答了人生中的一些疑問 確定了某些的看法解了我的孤獨 孤獨是以為只有自己在意某樣事情 某些東西。解了,才能夠看得更遠 幫助自己 也幫助人。
  • Alissa
    Amazing amazing book. So good!!! I underline many things.
  • Ashley
    Best book I've ever read. Life-changing.
  • Vachel Ping
    Great readMy mother recommended this book and it was well worth it. I want to be weird and not live a normal life.