Revolution, Rule-Breaking, and Living Ordinary Adventures

My friend would stop by my dorm room to make the jaunt across campus, rain or shine. This journey wasn’t for class; it was for Revolution. Revolution was an eclectic group of Christ-followers, who would gather once a week to discuss what it looked like to radically follow Jesus in a world that pulls us in so many other directions. I was at a point in my faith when I was hungry for any and every discussion about the Bible and what it meant to be a Christian.

I didn’t say very much when I sat shoulder to shoulder with these others in a circle on a dorm room floor. (This may be, perhaps, one of the few times in my life that has been true.) I don’t think I made much of an impression on anyone else. But they made an impression on me. I absorbed their passion and learned from their wonderings. This group was an essential piece of my realization that either my faith meant everything or it meant nothing.

Revolution was one of the many nudges that pushed me towards a different path with my life. And for that, I am so grateful.

The organizers of this group were a couple: Adam and Christine. I admired them for their perspective, their relationship, and their passion to make the world a better place.

They went on from that group to get married, and live a life filled with adventures around the globe. They truly did become revolutionaries. For the last 14 years, as I have heard bits and pieces of their story, my esteem for them has only grown.

And so today, I am going to break one of my rules.

In 160+ posts, I have never done a book review on this site. It just seemed like an easy boundary to draw so that I would stay focused with my content. But Adam and Christine recently published a book. And over the weekend, I finished reading it. For so many reasons, I decided it would be a disservice to my readers to not let you know about it.

I cannot think of anyone who would not benefit from reading This Ordinary Adventure: Settling Down without Settling by Christine and Adam Jeske. I say this from having read a copy of the book that I purchased with my own money. I say this without profiting personally in any way from the endorsement.

I recommend this book for a simple reason: it is good. This Ordinary Adventure is engaging, genuine, and challenging.

The stories of Christine and Adam’s adventures living in Nicaragua, China, and South Africa made it difficult for me to put this book down. I was surprised, though, at what these stories didn’t do: they didn’t make me feel inadequate. Instead of feeling like I had failed God or missed out because I have never ridden a motorcycle down an African road, I felt inspired to live more fully right where I am.

I think this book can be summed up by one of my favorite quotes from within it:

“Faith invites, enables, finds the bridge across the chasm. And then we have to walk it. Listen. Believe. Go. See God there. Repeat. Every day, every year. As long as life endures.”

That is how I want to live my life. If it sounds good to you, too, please pick up a copy of this book today. You won’t be sorry.