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Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them [Hardcover]

By john ortberg (Author) & Brendan Moloney (Author)
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Arguing that all human beings are imperfect, a guide to community living assumes that all people are flawed and cites events in the life of Jesus as examples of how people must reach out to other people in order to get help and forge deeper relationships.

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Normal? Who's Normal? Not you, that's for sure No one you've ever met, either. None of us are normal according to God's definition, and the closer we get to each other, the plainer that becomes. Yet for all our quirks, sins, and jagged edges, we need each other. Community is more than just a word---it is one of our most fundamental requirements. So how do flawed, abnormal people such as ourselves master the forces that can drive us apart and come together in the life-changing relationships God designed us for? In Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, teacher and best-selling author John Ortberg zooms in on the things that make community tick. You'll get a thought-provoking look at God's heart, at others, and at yourself. Even better, you'll gain wisdom and tools for drawing closer to others in powerful, impactful ways. With humor, insight, and a gift for storytelling, Ortberg shows how community pays tremendous dividends in happiness, health, support, and growth. It's where all of us weird, unwieldy people encounter God's love in tangible ways and discover the transforming power of being loved, accepted, and valued just the way we are. The need for community is woven into the very fabric of our being. Nothing else can substitute for the life-giving benefits of connecting with others---not even God. He won't preempt the way he himself has designed us to reflect his own intensely relational nature. But there's a hitch in our experience of community, says John Ortberg: We're all weird. Folks around us may seem normal enough, but just wait till we get to know them---and they get to know us. The unhealthy, sinful ways we respond to life in a fallen world are hardly God's idea of 'normal, ' and they can make us as unhuggable as porcupines. We face the 'porcupine dilemma, ' says Ortberg: We need each other, but how do we get close without getting hurt? How do we get past all those quills and grow together in Christ? In Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them, Ortberg once again reveals his gift for sharing profound insights using a lighten-up approach. With winsome humor and a fondness for well-spun stories, he pops the myth of normalcy and hands us the keys to creating and sustaining relationships. 'God's dream for community encompasses the redemption of all spheres of life, ' he says. Who doesn't want like to be liked, to be wanted, to have solid, satisfying friendships Ortberg shows what such relationships are made of. He reveals the benefits of authenticity---what it means to live with an 'unveiled face, ' as the Bible puts it. He encourages us to trade the stones it's so easy to cast at others for acceptance. He opens our eyes and heart to empathy, the art of reading people. And he takes us through the ins and outs of conflict, forgiveness, confrontation, inclusion, and gratitude. The principles and discussion questions in this book are down-to-earth. They're for real people living in a real world, and are intended to help us count the practical cost of relationship and then pay it---because in all the rewards and struggles of community, we're investing in something beyond our comprehension. You could call it heaven. You could call it home. It's the place where all of us are headed, all of us belong, and all of us will be normal at last

From Publishers Weekly
There are no normal people, asserts prolific author and pastor Ortberg (If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; The Life You've Always Wanted), and the sooner Christians accept this disquieting truth, the healthier they and their churches will be. In this mediocre treatise on Christian community, Ortberg implicates Christians who are constantly on the run and on the most superficial terms with their fellows. Citing numerous biblical stories where Jesus turned the tables on foes and drew in unlovable and undesirable people, Ortberg nicely communicates his passion for seeing past external appearances and delving deeply into people's hearts and souls. Christians, he says, must learn to communicate on Jesus' terms; they should practice unconditional love, strive for authenticity and build mutual trust. While Ortberg warns readers to be circumspect with personal disclosure, he contends that the modern Christian church has failed miserably in biblical communication, especially in loving confrontation. Still, the overall message of this book is upbeat, as Ortberg reminds readers of the positive aspects found in solid relationships, which he names as genuine forgiveness, deliberate inclusion and heartfelt gratitude. While this message is ageless, it is certainly not new; "Christian living" bookshelves are crowded with volumes on spiritual formation, congregational life, group prayer and communication. Among these, Ortberg's offering loses its impact quickly because of poor organization, various tangents and over-long chapters. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them by john ortberg & Brendan Moloney has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Retailing's Best - 2004 Winner - Self Improvement category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them by john ortberg & Brendan Moloney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Christianity Today - 05/01/2003 page 70
  • Publishers Weekly - 01/27/2003 page 254
  • CBA Retailers - 03/01/2003 page 41
  • Christian Retailing - 03/03/2003 page 12

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   248
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.7" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.9"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 4, 2003
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310228646  
ISBN13  9780310228646  
UPC  025986228644  

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More About john ortberg & Brendan Moloney

John Ortberg

John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church. John's teaching centers aroundhow faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books onspiritual formation including, The Life You've Always Wanted, Who is This Man?, The Me I Want To Be, Soul Keeping, and most recently, All The Places To Go. John teachesaround the world at conferences and churches.

Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with adegree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinicalpsychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at theUniversity of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served asteaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church.

John Ortberg currently resides in the state of Illinois.

John Ortberg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. New Community
  2. Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
  3. Truth for Today: From the Old Testament

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Reviews - What do customers think about Everybody's Normal Till You Get To Know Them?

above normal  Feb 15, 2007
John Ortberg, in my opinion is a master at taking the obvious and turning it in such a way that it becomes real. He has taken areas in our lives that we sometimes don't wish to talk about and brought them out in the open. You will not be disappointed in this book if you have read any of his other books. I have read several and each one is just as good as the others. His style is easy to read and yet insightful. John, write more books... you're doing great..
Awesome book  Feb 4, 2007
This is one of the best books I have read in years. I checked it out of the libary and liked it so much, I bought my own copy to have. John Ortberg has a wonderful way of relating biblical issues to our everyday lives. The insights in this book can be life changing and is a must read for every Christian.
Many Pearls -- of Wisdom  Feb 1, 2007
The book is an excellent example of the power of Self-Disclosure which Sidney Jouard introduced to the therapeutic community several years ago. This is an excellent book by which both those who perceive themselves as marching to the beat of a different drummer, and those who perceive they are observing the marchers, may find common ground -- and trust.
Everybody's Normal Til You Get to Know Them  Jan 11, 2007
Wow! This book was presented to all the leaders in my church because it makes you take a look at others in light of yourself. One of the most profound statements in the book is, "Lack of confrontation breeds resentment," paraphrased. It has been a positive impact on me, my pastor and our congregation in more effectively communicating with one another. I give it the highest positive rating.
Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them  Jan 9, 2007
This was one of the best books I have ever read. It isn't one you can pick up and read from cover to cover in a day. I read a chapter and then I spent the rest of the day to reflect on how my life is like this and how to improve. It has really made a difference in my understanding of people and God's love for us.

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