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Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, and Pronouns Hardcover – Feb 20 2008

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (Feb. 14 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414313322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414313320
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 14.6 x 2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #614,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.)
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With her long history in Christian ministry, Nancy Ortberg's thoughts are fresh and freeing to those of us who basically need a break from Christian-ese. She is encouraging in her desire to grow deeper in her relationship with Christ, and point out those small God-moments that happen in the very ordinary every day occurences of life. This is a great devotional read for leaders.
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We read this in our book club and it was a great read. Very easy to read, almost like she is blogging or having a conversation with you. Her stories are interesting and the best part of the book.
Definitely made me see being a Christian in a different light!!! Just the ending was a bit blah, needed a fireworks ending, that's why I didn't give it 5 stars.
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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!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28d7624) out of 5 stars The Unexpected Places We Find God Feb. 13 2008
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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.
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HASH(0xa28d7864) out of 5 stars Looking for God Feb. 15 2008
By Lisa Lindquist - Published on
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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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28d7ae0) out of 5 stars Tattoos, tofu and pronouns March 14 2008
By Angela - Published on
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I was drawn to this book after my friend Leanne gave me the heads up. Quickly thereafter I logged onto my hubby's amazon account and had Looking for God delivered to my front step pronto!

Nancy opens up and shares some of those thoughts we all have from time to time, but we dare never utter them...however she is bold enough to say it...

I love the idea of the Mistake Journal (see pg 154). That alone is worth the $15 bucks. But Nancy keeps on sharing her experiences, gently opening her reader's eyes to a new, more expansive, and more reciprocal view of (re) discovering the God who created us, loves us, and who will never turn his back to matter what. God uses broken people. And Nancy uses her stories to help her readers realize that we all struggle with our understanding of God, but that he is there, all day, every day, but sometimes we just didn't have our glasses on!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa28d7dd4) out of 5 stars loved this book April 3 2008
By Amy Arnold - Published on
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"Looking for God" grabbed me, and I couldn't put it down until I reached the last page. However, it's not just a quick read. It's a well of deep truths about the wonder of God and the sometimes surprising ways that he reveals himself to us. While humor and hope permeate Nancy Ortberg's stories, my favorite chapters are 11 & 16 - about finding God in our failures and hearing his voice in the midst of our longings, aches and pains. This is real truth for real people.