Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down – A Review

Tony Merida. Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down. Nashville: B&H Books, 2014. 160 pp. $9.48.



            Christians often wrestle with balancing issues of social justice and gospel faithfulness. Ordinary is an attempt to challenge believers to achieve this balance for the glory of Christ, and to make this balance a part of normal Christian living.


            I found the book to be a helpful reminder that issues of justice are part of the calling that God has given to believers. We are called by God to care for the needy, to protect those who cannot protect themselves, and to rescue those in peril. Such actions can take place in a variety of ways, and Merida does a good job of offering multiple ideas to show how these things can happen.


            I would also say that this book did not go deep in to the “how to” side of things. While the authors offer several suggestions of categories where believers might try to make a difference, It will take a much heavier work to show individuals and churches just how to practically move into mercy ministry. Thus, the book does a good job of offering motivation and a push in the right direction without offering a one-size-fits-all approach to getting started.


            I received a free audio copy of this book from ChristianAudio.com as part of their reviewers program. I was very pleased with the narration of this work.