Item description for Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu, And Pronouns by Nancy Ortberg & Nancy Ortberg...
God is in the details---but sometimes we're so busy following a "prepackaged" spiritual life, we miss him entirely! Calling you to break away from a formulaic faith, Ortberg shares poignant, profound stories of elation, depression, regret, creativity, and more to help you see God's extraordinary grace in places you never dreamed of looking. 4 CDs. Read by the author. Unabridged.
Publishers Description A former teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church, Ortberg presents a candid compilation of personal essays on finding God in the most unlikely times and places. Ortberg, wife to bestselling author and pastor John Ortberg, opens her highly amusing and refreshingly transparent text reminiscing about bygone years as a young mom who couldn't make time for a quiet time. Recalling those nonstop, hectic early parenting seasons, Ortberg admits to feeling guilty pressure from the church at large until she experienced God's presence while sitting on a park bench, watching her kids play. She realized that particular God encounter counted as much as any quiet time did. From that moment on, Ortberg discovered a multifaceted God who delights in creating and displaying diversity from one end of creation to the other. Ortberg challenges Christians to examine their tendency to compare themselves with others, teaching them to have the courage to reach out to others selflessly and to view work as a blessed conduit to excellence. Every single offering Ortberg presents feels both beautiful and true. Christians will find themselves inhaling these fragrant written reminders of God's intimate care only to then exhale Christ's love to others in holy response.
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Format: Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
Studio: Oasis Audio
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.5" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.7" Weight: 0.325 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher OASIS AUDIO #514
ISBN 1598593803 ISBN13 9781598593808
Availability 0 units.
More About Nancy Ortberg & Nancy Ortberg
Nancy Ortberg served as a teaching pastor for eight years at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. During that time she led Network, a ministry that helps people identify their spiritual gifts and find a place of service in the church, and Axis, a weekly gathering for the 18- to 20-something generation.She is a founding partner of TeamWorx2, a business and leadership consulting firm that provides fast-paced, practical, and compelling sessions to leaders and their teams. TeamWorx2 works with businesses, schools, nonprofits, and churches to address issues of organizational effectiveness and teamwork.Nancy is a gifted communicator who is passionate about helping people connect what they believe with their everyday lives. A highly sought-after speaker, Nancy has been a featured presenter at the Catalyst and Orange conferences, and has been a regular contributor to "Rev!" magazine.She and her husband, John, live in the Bay Area and have three children: Laura, Mallory, and Johnny."
Reviews - What do customers think about Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey Through Tattoos, Tofu, And Pronouns?
Deep in a good way Aug 11, 2008
On the one hand, I want to describe this as a very easy read. And it was. It took me about 4 hours and that was pacing myself. Nancy writes (and speaks) in such an accessible voice. And yet this book dealt with some very deep subjects, not so much deep as in hard to understand but deep as in deep heart issues. She bravely tackles some established "Christian" mindsets, dismantling such ideas as "balanced" and being a "model" Christian. She doesn't just write to or for women either. Get this book, read it, let the words refresh and challenge your soul then pass this treasure on to a friend!
Rambling, but okay. Jun 18, 2008
I only thought the book was okay. As a huge devotee of her husband John Ortberg, it didn't match my expectations. It seemed to ramble a bit. Although my favorite part of the book is when she pulls over to the side of the road and exclaims, "Jesus NEVER journaled!." There are so many of my contemporaries who feel that there is something wrong with them if they don't journal, or faithbook/scrapbook, etc. I did use this book as a starting point for journaling.
Faith is approachable Jun 13, 2008
Many Christian books often feel too academic, or so deeply religious it's difficult to really understand the point the author is trying to convey, especially for someone seeking God. Not so with Nancy Ortberg's newest book. By sharing expertly crafted anecdotes, Ortberg makes understanding Faith approachable. This is a great book that really gets you to think about that which really matters.
An important message May 19, 2008
Honest, real-life insight into finding and listening to God is not easy to come by in a program-filled, success formula, product marketing driven christian media industry. The sort of insights that Nancy brings are needed if we are to grow up beyond the childish spirituality so many of us put up with.
The chapter on 'longings, aches and pains' was the best for me. "We all need to hear God's voice. Our longings, aches and pains are thin threads to that voice. Stay long enough in the aloneness, and you'll find that the silence of God becomes a whisper, and then the whisper becomes the voice that you recognize." If this sort of notion resonates with you then I would encourage you to buy the book. If you are looking for a program or system, this one isn't for you. Looing for God is a welcome counterpoint to the all-too-often guilt-inducing and often fruitless programatic approach to spiritual maturity.
A fresh look at God.... May 13, 2008
Nancy does a great job dispelling misbeliefs about God and what it means to be an authentic Christian. I loved her down to earth writing style and would go out of my way to hear her speak. She shot holes in some of my perspectives through her stories and personal mistakes. Thank you for being real and conveying truth with a twist. I will give it away to people who are looking for a very relatable, yet relevant Christian view.