I was looking for a text for our adult Sunday School class and was intrigued by this title. Wow! Was I impressed by the writing. I also logged on to the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church website (where Ortberg is now serving) and watched him delivering several sermons. This man has it together! I can't wait to start this with the class. And I'm definitely rethinking what my boat is and how I can step out of it in faith.
I read this book at the same time, my wife and I were praying about setting out and starting our own local community ministry for the poor. To be honest with you, we were scared to death to do it, we were afraid of the potential failure that could happen. When I read this book, it gave us a new perspective and the encouragement to get out of the boat and to take a step out on to the water. It helped to prepare us for what would happen when we did step out.If you are considering a change in ministry, or considering entering into the ministry, or taking a major step in your life or your walk with Christ then read this book. You will not regret it.
This book really got me moving out of my comfort zone. After reading it I let my brother borrow it and bought another copy for a friend of mine. I would recommend this book to everyone no matter where you are in your walk with God.
This title is the first work I have read by John Ortberg. I now intend to read his other books as well, so impressed was I with what I experienced here. I have read the writings of many, many Christian teachers, and this book has become one of my few favorites.Ortberg is very profound in his exposition of the Scriptures, while at the same time being very readable and understandable. He draws upon a wealth of contemporary illustrations to support his points, which makes his teaching even more powerful. His words strike a chord common to the hearts of all readers.Ortberg targets Christians rather than non-Christians, believers who are "sitting in the boat" rather than "walking on the water." He encourages persons to launch forth in faith, to take chances, and to live life to its fullest. He discourages persons from playing it safe and never putting themselves in a position to see God do what only He can.I strongly recommend this book to all Christians. Laypersons as well as ministers can benefit from this powerful message. If you want to walk on water, you've got to get out of the boat!
John Ortberg, of the famed Willow Creek Church, vividly and accurately explains principles of God-dependence. This book is especially suited for those going through tough times. Sheila Walsh augments the message by reaching into her past experiences and extracting real-life examples of biblical faith in action. The challenge is to be a water-walker; not some of the time, but all of the time. Because this online service offers shipping discounts for purchasing multiple titles, I encourage to take advantage of that offer by getting the following book(s) that have been a blessing to me, personally.] Also recommended: THE PRAYER OF HANNAH by Kenn Gividen -|- This book has a surprise ending, unusual for non-fiction! In a stroke of genius, the author weaves a hidden message in his book, only revealed by the last footnote on page 127.