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Overview God is in the details, but sometimes we just overlook him. Nancy Ortberg encourages readers to see God in this very personal, very engaging series of essays that will bring God into focus and allow you to grow deeper in your relationship with him than you had ever imagined.
From Publishers Weekly 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. (Mar.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Publishers Weekly - 01/14/2008 page 54
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.68" Width: 5.76" Height: 0.77" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Mar 1, 2008
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 1414313322 ISBN13 9781414313320
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More About 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?
My Life Feb 22, 2008
I wonder how Nancy got inside my head to know exactly what I was going through. If you have ever felt like you were not connecting with God, this book will remind you that we are NEVER NOT connected to Him. I will never again look at a sunset, the faces of my children, a mountain range or the stars the same way. Amazing book. This is a MUST read for everyone!
Looking for God Feb 15, 2008
This is one of those can't-put-it-down, almost-caused-a-car-accident-by-driving-and-reading books. Clearly written by a straight shooter with a sense of humor. It's Christianity that I can do and want to do; not to become somebody else but a description of how God can work with me and the reality of my life. I wish I had this when my kids were toddlers and could have saved my self from a lot of guilt. I will give it to all of my friends: male and female, Christian and not-so-much.
The Unexpected Places We Find God Feb 13, 2008
Looking for God consists of a collection of essays which explore various aspects of spirituality. Through personal reflections and anecdotes from her own life, Ortberg conveys her struggle to encounter God outside the box. She confronts assumptions about spirituality common in the church - such as the necessity of structured Quiet Times or the idea that singing equates with worship. Her path revealed to her places where God reaches out to speak to us that were often unexpected and unsettling, but which she found she must embrace if she dared grow in her faith. Reading these stories, one is not preached at as to how one must encounter God, but shown a glimpse of how God can work in people's lives for the good.
Readers who enjoyed the spiritual insights and memoirs of books like Don Miller's Blue Like Jazz, will resonate with Ortberg's collection here. The stories range from the witty and amusing, to the challenging, to the downright heart-breaking. I encourage others to take a look at these stories of one woman's journey to experience a deeper and larger faith than she ever thought was possible. Looking for God is an affirmation of how big God truly is and of the creative ways he calls us into a more vibrant relationship with him. I am appreciative of the opportunity to "hear" from Nancy Ortberg through this book; hers is a voice that serves well to translate these concepts to wide audiences.