Item description for God Is Closer Than You Think: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God by john ortberg...
Overview According to the author, every moment of one's life is like a page in a "Where's Waldo" book. "God is there, the Scriptures tell us--on every one of them. But the ease with which he may be found varies from one page to the next. God is closer than you think!"
Publishers Description What Are You Waiting For?Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That's what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn't for monks and ascetics. It's for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women ... and most important, it's for YOU.God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God's hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection---to your joy and his.
From Publishers Weekly Ortberg, megachurch pastor and author, bases this book on the belief that God
is near and knowing him is possible for everyone who wants to feel his
presence: "The teaching of Scripture is that God really is present right here,
right now.... The Spirit of God is available to you and me: flowing all the
time, welling up within us, quenching our unsatisfied desires, overflowing to
refresh those around us." Ortberg's suggestions-to believe that God is in
everything, to seek him in the daily and mundane, to learn to recognize and
encourage God-inspired thoughts, to look for him in the people you meet and to
obey his promptings-though not new, provide readers with a series of ideas and
activities to begin to change the way they see God in their lives. Ortberg
approaches this as a pastor teaching his flock, rather than as a fellow
traveler recounting his own search for God; he shares little of his personal
experience and is largely dependent on quotes from other contemporary
Christian writers to make his main points. Also, the book's cover and chapter
titles are quite complex. However, those looking for an approachable, quick
read on a difficult subject will appreciate this guide, which alludes to the
mysteries of God's intimacy with Christians, but doesn't get bogged down in
too many details. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews God Is Closer Than You Think: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God by john ortberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Ingram Advance - 04/01/2005 page 34
Christian Retailing - 04/18/2005 page 15
Publishers Weekly - 02/14/2005 page 71
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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.
Reviews - What do customers think about God Is Closer Than You Think?
Where's Waldo? Nov 9, 2006
I purchased this book for a small group setting and it fit the bill perfectly. Ortberg has a way of uncovering truth and in this book, encourages you to find Waldo, a God who wants to be part of your everyday life. I enjoyed it personally, was challenged by it and found the group setting enhanced my learning. I do look for God differently now since I've read the book. He is closer than we think. I would have kept the orginial jacket cover. It focuses you to the subject matter much better.
Not bad Sep 23, 2006
This book is a pretty decent book if you are interested in a mostly narrative style of discussion on Christian Living. Entertaining, well written, and clear, I would recommend it if you are looking for this type of book.
Don't try so hard! Jul 18, 2006
This is a very helpful little book on how to find God in your everyday life. The discussion of Martha & Mary is particularly astute. My only complaint about the book is that Ortberg tries way too hard to be funny and even hip. (This is the first book of his that I've read, so I don't know if he does this all the time or not; I suspect he does.) Humor should be natural, not forced, as it is in this book. His attempts to be hip are merely pathetic. For instance, he quotes the line "The jerk store called & they've run out of you" attributing it to a friend of his. He obviously has no clue it comes from a Seinfeld episode! Still & all, a good book, though, for a Christian at any level.
I Am Convinced! Apr 13, 2006
Upon a recommendation from my pastor, I picked this book up and I was not disappointed. John Ortberg writes with a Max Lucado approach. Taking everyday things and making us realize that they too have a place in our spritual walk. He challenges us to look for God in everyday occurences. His premise, as indicated by the title, is that God is more active in our everyday walk than we give Him credit for. In turn, he challenges us to do our part in praying that God bring His Kingdom to earth.
God Is Closer Than You Think Mar 15, 2006
This book helps the reader to better understand the different levels of relationship there is with God. It is also a wonderful gauge to see where our level is at any given time. This book is encouraging and uplifting to a mature believer or one just starting out. I recommend it to anyone who wants a more intimate relationship with our Heavenly Father.