God Is Closer Than You Think  -     By: John Ortberg
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Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That's what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn't for monks and ascetics. It's for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women ... and most important, it's for YOU.

Now with a new cover design, God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God's hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection---to your joy and his.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 8.75 X 5.5 X .75 (inches)
ISBN: 0310253497
ISBN-13: 9780310253495
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What Are You Waiting For? Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That’s what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn’t for monks and ascetics. It’s for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women … and most important, it’s for YOU. God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God’s hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection—to your joy and his.

Author Bio

John Ortberg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man?, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat.  John teaches around the world at conferences and churches, writes articles for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and is on the board of the Dallas Willard Center and Fuller Seminary. He has preached sermons on Abraham Lincoln, The LEGO Movie, and The Gospel According to Les Miserables. John and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their three adult children, dog Baxter, and surfing the Pacific. You can follow John on twitter @johnortberg or check out the latest news/blogs on his website at www.johnortberg.com.

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Ortberg, megachurch pastor and author, bases this book on the belief that God is near and knowing him is possible for everyone who wants to feel his presence: "The teaching of Scripture is that God really is present right here, right now.... The Spirit of God is available to you and me: flowing all the time, welling up within us, quenching our unsatisfied desires, overflowing to refresh those around us." Ortberg's suggestions-to believe that God is in everything, to seek him in the daily and mundane, to learn to recognize and encourage God-inspired thoughts, to look for him in the people you meet and to obey his promptings-though not new, provide readers with a series of ideas and activities to begin to change the way they see God in their lives. Ortberg approaches this as a pastor teaching his flock, rather than as a fellow traveler recounting his own search for God; he shares little of his personal experience and is largely dependent on quotes from other contemporary Christian writers to make his main points. Also, the book's cover and chapter titles are quite complex. However, those looking for an approachable, quick read on a difficult subject will appreciate this guide, which alludes to the mysteries of God's intimacy with Christians, but doesn't get bogged down in too many details. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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    This may be great for seekers, new Christians or those who like light reading. I found it filled with stories that take up much space but do not 'move' the content of the chapters along. However, when the book is used along with the study guide and the DVD material in a small group Bible study the book gets supplemented. In other words, there is a significant investment in other resources which are extraneous to the book. Hence my low level rating for the book.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    November 29, 2007
    Timothy Mueller
    I really enjoyed this book very simple and rewarding if you have an open mind and willing heart you will love this book.
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    August 16, 2007
    W. Archabald
    I look forward to any book by Ortberg. Read this book a couple of years ago lent it to someone and haven't got it back, so I ordered a new copy!
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    Gary Wagoner
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    What I most enjoyed about the book is the author's manner of expression and his way of wording anecdotes which bring the reader realistically, easily and personally closer to God.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 6, 2007
    Susan Stafford
    John Ortberg explains a closer relationship with God with humor, insight, and imaginative analogies. This is a fast read but provides a lot of food for thought after the book is finished. I keep a copy handy for giving to others because John Ortberg explains these ideas so well. This book can indeed change your life for the better.
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