Michael Kelley (Nashville, TN)
Author of Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life
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- Dispelling the myth of the ordinary
- Learning to embrace, not escape, the mundane details of life
- How to get out of a rut when you feel stuck in the day-to-day routine
- Looking for God’s work and presence in every moment of life
- How church leaders can help their congregation see that through Jesus, every area of life is infused with meaning and purpose
Christian writer and speaker Michael Kelley is the director of Discipleship at LifeWay Christian Resources, where he leads a team that strives to write trustworthy and challenging biblical content for churches. Kelley is the author of Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, and God, the story of his son Joshua’s battle with childhood leukemia, and Transformational Discipleship: How People Really Grow.
In his most recent book, Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life, Kelley evaluates the problem of how we define significance and offers a new perspective on living a “boring” life. Kelley asks, “What if a life of great importance isn’t found by escaping the details but embracing them? What if God actually doesn’t want you to escape from the ordinary, but to find significance and meaning inside of it?”
Boring lays a path for starting to see every day at work, every relationship, and every moment for what it is: a part of God’s plan. Kelley, who confesses to be a regular, “boring” guy, includes biblical truth in each chapter to show how God is present time and time again in everyday situations, and to awaken readers to the myth of “ordinary.” Because, as Kelley writes, “There is no such thing as ordinary when you follow an extraordinary God.”
Kelley is a regular speaker at churches and Christian conferences and retreats. He holds a Master of Divinity degree from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama, and lives with his wife and three kids in Nashville, Tennessee.