Looking for God: An Unexpected Journey through Tattoos, Tofu, and Pronouns Hardcover – Feb 20 2008
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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.)
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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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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.
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 us....no 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!