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.
A couple of chapters have really stood out to me. The first being the chapter on what a quiet time is. I could not agree more of her assessment of how we have some how determined that regardless of how a person may be living and treating others, as long, as he or she is having a quiet time --- we deem their lives as being spiritually healthy. When in reality love is the true measurement. The other chapter that really stood out for me was the one on Normal everyday life. It really speaks to the importance of broadening our understanding of how God desires to connect in our day-to-day occurrences.
The book also sheds light on an important aspect of spiritual life that is regularly overlooked. Often times the conventional way of doing spiritual life is seen from a male perspective. Meaning, if we hear a message on solitude and/or extended time of prayer - we can take action on it by scheduling in those kinds of times. For a woman that is not always the case, especially when they have children in their early years. My wife is currently in this life stage and I have seen how through the course of her day she has had to find ways to connect with God outside of conventional means. Nancy does a great job of speaking into this.
I have heard Nancy speak on several occasions and you can hear her voice through these pages. In addition , for years I have benefited from Nancy's leadership from afar and I am thrilled that she has put some of her thoughts and musings into print so many others can benefit.
It is a very refreshing and insightful book. I hope you will be prodded to read it.