I bought this book, along with the leader's guide and DVD, in preparation for our small group meetings. The meetings have not begun yet, but I am looking forward to them enthusiastically. The book has a lot of biblical teaching and practical, modern-day applications for those who really want to move their faith our of the doldrums. Ortberg also shows us how we often settle for a life that is less dynamic than what Jesus intended for us and how God can use the worst times of our lives to teach us and lead us into deeper faith.
Great and easy read that is stocked full of biblical and contemporary applications. His teaching against "being addicted to mediocrity" in the spiritual issues of everyday life really caused me to sit up straight and recall what Christ's sacrifice was all about in the first place. I may not be walking on water, but I'm am so not in the boat. I want to be where Jesus is.
I am not finished reading this book; but I am finding it an encouragement in my walk with God. It confirms things that I have been sensing in my Spirit that I need to do in my own life. In Joshua, the waters of the Jordan did not part until the priests took that step and put their toe in the water. At this time, I am being asked to take a step in ministry that on my own I feel unprepared for, but if I do not step out on faith, in not what I can do; but what God can do, next year at this time I will still be on this side of the Jordan. I will take the step. Thank you for the encouragement, Mr. Ortberg.