American Baptist Churches of Pennsylvania and Delaware

Books by Michael Kelley

 

Michael Kelley was the featured conference speaker at the 2019 ABMen's Retreat. Born in Texas, Michael holds a Master of Divinity degree from Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. Michael and his wife have three children and live in Nashville, Tennessee.

He is the author of several books (all available on amazon.com) which include:

 

Boring: Finding an Extraordinary God in an Ordinary Life 

Today we live with a false separation between sacred and secular that was never meant to be. Work, paying bills, changing diapers . . . when Jesus enters any situation He makes even the most mundane things extraordinary.

Boring enlivens this truth as author Michael Kelley challenges readers: we can give ourselves to ordinary life—parenting, marriage, work—because we fully believe in God's presence and power within those situations. They are no longer boring, but important.
On every page, Michael’s writing provides biblical truth that is relatable and engaging to everyone. You’ll begin to see every day at work, every relationship, and every moment for what it is: a part of God's exciting plan for your life.

 

 Growing Down: Unlearning the Patterns of Adulthood that Keep us from Jesus 

What does it mean to be an adult? Different individuals and cultures will answer differently, but they all will have one common theme: self-sufficiency.

Here is where the problem lies for the Christian. On the one hand, the world needs grown-ups, now more than ever. But if growing up is mainly about self-sufficiency and self-reliance, the gospel runs diametrically opposed to both of those things. The gospel tells us, in fact, that we need to "grow down”—to become like children.

True maturity, according to Jesus, is entering the kingdom of heaven like a child. In Growing Down, Michael Kelley wrestles with Jesus’ words that the kingdom of heaven belongs to the likes of little children. If that is true, then we must grow down in characteristics that make us functional and effective adults, if we want to truly grow up in Christ.

 

Wednesdays Were Pretty Normal: A Boy, Cancer, And God 

“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.