Item description for Love Beyond Reason: Moving God's Love from Your Head to Your Heart by John Ortberg...
Overview With gentle yet memorable stories, Ortberg takes us to the passionate heart of a God who chooses to love us just because we are. He explores the life-changing ways this love has expressed itself through Jesus and how we can touch our families, our friends, and our world with the same practical, transforming love.
Publishers Description How Do You Explain a Love That Has No Explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you not because you are flawless, not because you are a perfect person, but just because you are. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. Ortberg takes you to the very core of God s being to discover a burning, passionate love that gives, and gives, and gives. He explores the life-changing ways this love has expressed itself through Jesus. And he shows how you, like Jesus, can love your mate, your family, your friends, and the world around you with the same practical, transforming love. Dispelling your fears and misconceptions of God, Love Beyond Reason brings you face-to-face with the Love that frees and empowers you to love."
Community Description How do you explain a love that has no explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you neither because you're flawless nor because you're perfect, but just because you are. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you've longed to encounter: a Father head over heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. After exploring how this love has been revealed through Jesus, you'll learn how you can love your family, friends, and the world around you with the same transforming love. Dispelling your fears and misconceptions of God, Love Beyond Reason brings you face to face with the love of God that frees and empowers you to love.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.5" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.58" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Feb 4, 2001
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
ISBN 0310234492 ISBN13 9780310234494 UPC 025986234492
Availability 0 units.
More About 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.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Love Beyond Reason?
Love Beyond Reason Mar 27, 2007
This is a wonderful book that really depicts God's love for every individual. A must read by John Ortberg!
Amazing Aug 1, 2006
This book is amazing. I've read it slowly because I want to savor every word. I've been a Christian for a long time and usually I don't like sugar-coated Christianity, but the way this book talks about God's love really humbled me and made me realize the vastness of God's grace. This book discusses God's tremendous unconditional love and encourages us to have that same kind of love for others. One thing Ortberg said that stood out is, as I grow closer to God, am I becoming more approachable (more loving) or less approachable (legalistic and judgemental)? Really made me think about how gracious I am (or not) toward others. I've recommended this book to all my friends.
Awesome! Mar 27, 2006
After having read several of Ortberg's books, I would have to say this is the one that really touched me.
John's gift for storytelling is simply wonderful. He starts the book by discussing our raggedness - but that is hardly the end of the story. He goes on to tell us how the greatness of God heals and redeems us - again and again. He uses biblical depictions that are rich in detail and apply to our lives today.
My favorite chapters were "The Lord of the Second Chance" and "The Roundabout Way."
In "The Lord of the Second Chance," Ortberg gives a detailed account of Peter's great failure and how Jesus restored him. It is a very touching depiction, rich in detail and emotionality.
In "The Roundabout Way," he explains that God is not as concerned with the journey as he is "who" we will be when we arrive at our destination. He discusses the possible reasons for the roundabout way, suffering and how this journey can bring us into a closer relationship with God. From my own experience in the "roundabout way," I can honestly say that I see things much more clearly now.
Another chapter that I found very provoking was the chapter on Grace and how even we, as Christians, sometimes forget that we need to extend grace to others as freely as God has extended it to us.
I have read this book over and over and plan to give it as a gift to several of my friends and family. I highly recommend it!!!
Rag Dolls unite. Nov 30, 2004
We are all rag dolls. As the previous reviewer says, there is vast power in these titles by John Ortberg for the new Christian. Recent converts will be able to grasp concepts about love, both Our Father's love for us and our love for each other, stated in a dynamic and powerful way. It is hard to love everyone and some people in our life are really difficult. It could be our boss, a family member or a friend that doesn't pass the "easy to love" test. But Mr. Ortberg tells us why this is exactly what we need to do, so we can be in harmony with our Father's vast and unthinkable love for us. Mr. Ortberg's talent is that he explains these concepts in a way that will make sense to a newby or a seasoned believer.
Ortberg a must read for new and struggling Christians Mar 9, 2004
While Ortberg's books appeal to a wide audience, I personally find them inspiring for people who are recent converts to Christianity or (like myself) have struggled in their walk. He is a masterful story teller and it shows in all his work. He has a way of stoking the fire and passion for a life in tune with the Holy Spirit. He reflects the philosophy of Dallas Willard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer with a much simpler tone.
This book is especially good at conveying what we as Christians should expect in our walk with Christ. Chapter 7 "The Roundabout Way" is by far my favorite of the book. The book is worth the price for this portion alone. He beautifully states why periods of spiritual "dryness" are necessary for growth, and how God's way is usually not the shortest or easiest, but always the best. You'll never get bored with an Ortberg book. He masterfully "re-parables" stories to fit into modern thinking.
I would recommend this book along with his others: Love Beyond Reason, Everybody's Normal Till you get to Know Them, and If You Want to Walk on Water You Gotta Get Out of the Boat. You won't be disappointed!