| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $1.99 Release Date : 2014-04-22 Description : The soul is NOT "a theological and abstract subject."<br /><br />The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence.<br /><br />Jesus said it’s worth more than the world.<br /><br />You'd be an idiot not to prize it above all else.<br /><br />Shouldn't you get pretty clear on exactly what it is?<br /><br />Shouldn't you know what it runs on?<br /><br />Wouldn't it be worth knowing how to care for it?<br /><br />Two things are for sure. One is: you have a soul. The other is: if you don't look after this one you won’t be issued a replacement.<br /><br />Bestselling author John Ortberg writes another classic that will help readers discover their soul and take their relationship with God to the next level.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2008-09-09 Description : Winner of the 2002 Christianity Today Book Award! You’re One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life. Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, "Come"? John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone. Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God. The experience is terrifying. It’s thrilling beyond belief. It’s everything you’d expect of someone worthy to be called Lord. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God’s purpose for your life in the process. There’s just one requirement: If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2009-05-18 Description : You Can Live a Deeper, More Spiritual Life Right Where You Are.An expanded edition with a new chapter on prayer and discussion questionsThe heart of Christianity is transformation—a relationship with God that impacts not just our “spiritual lives,” but every aspect of living. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity—God’s power to bring change and growth—and reveals both the how and why of transformation.With a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions, this expanded edition of The Life You’ve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It’s a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey—Jesus Christ. As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently—training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.—are the signposts along the way.Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You’ve Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that’s worth living—a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality History Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2012-08-07 Description : Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have wreaked so much havoc, often in his name.<br /><br />He is history's most familiar figure, yet he is the man no one knows. His impact on the world is immense and non-accidental. From the Dark Ages to Post-Modernity he is the Man who won't go away.<br /><br />And yet . . .you can miss him in historical lists for many reasons, maybe the most obvious being the way he lived his life. He did not loudly and demonstrably defend his movement in the spirit of a rising political or military leader. He did not lay out a case that history would judge his brand of belief superior in all future books.<br /><br />His life and teaching simply drew people to follow him. He made history by starting in a humble place, in a spirit of love and acceptance, and allowing each person space to respond.<br /><br />His vision of life continues to haunt and challenge humanity. His influence has swept over history bringing inspiration to what has happened in art, science, government, medicine, and education; he has taught humans about dignity, compassion, forgiveness, and hope.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2009-12-22 Description : The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg—the bestselling author of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; and The Life You’ve Always Wanted—will help you discover spiritual vitality like never before as you learn to “live in the flow of the spirit.”But if God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life in The Me I Want to Be.This book will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God "will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8).Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers—pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin—to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel:— a deeper connection with God— a growing sense of joy— an honest recognition of your brokenness— less fear, more trust— a growing sense of being “rooted in love”— a deeper sense of purposeGod invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Health, Mind & Body Self-Improvement Price : $11.99 Release Date : 2015-02-24 Description : <b>2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Nonfiction category)</b><br />
Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the life we will lead and the person we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace the open door is to miss the work God has made for us to do.<br /><br />
In <i>All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?</i>, bestselling author John Ortberg opens our eyes to the countless doors God places before us every day, teaches us how to recognize them, and gives us the encouragement to step out in faith and embrace all of the extraordinary opportunities that await.<br /><br />
So go ahead—walk through that door. You just might do something that lasts for eternity.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2009-05-18 Description : There are two works of art that help me think about the presence of God. The first is the painting of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Apparently one of the messages that Michelangelo wanted to convey is God’s great desire to reach out to and be with the person he has created. If you look carefully at the painting, you notice that the figure of God is extended toward the man with great vigor. He twists his body to move it as close to the man as possible. His head is turned toward the man, and his gazed is fixed on him. God’s arm is stretched out, his index finger is extended straight forward; every muscle is taut. It looks as if even in the midst of the splendor of all creation God’s entire being is wrapped up in his desire to touch this man. His hand comes within a hair’s breath of the hand of the man. God is as close as he can be. But having come that close, he allows just a little space, so that Adam can choose. He waits for Adam to make his move. Adam, for his part, reclines in a lazy pose, leaning backward as if he has no interest at all in making a connection. He doesn’t move forward, he doesn’t hold out his hand, he doesn’t lift a finger. He appears to be indifferent to or even unaware of the possibility of touching his Creator. All it would take is the slightest effort, the merest movement. This picture says that the great desire of God is to be with the human beings he has made in his own image. This picture reminds us—God is closer than we think. He is never farther than a prayer away. All it takes is the barest effort, the lift of a finger. But I also remember another, humbler work of art. It involves a series of books all centered around the question “Where’s Waldo?” Waldo will never make it to the Sistine Chapel. He looks nothing like the majestic deity of Michelangelo. He is a geeky-looking, glasses-wearing nerd with a striped shirt and goofy hat. Waldo is supposed to be on every page. Whoever writes the book claims that it is so. But you couldn’t prove it by me. He’s often hidden to the untrained eye. You have to be willing to look for him. When you find him, there is a sense of joy and accomplishment. “Surely Waldo was in the place, and I knew it not.” In fact, developing the capacity to track him down is part of the point of the book. If it was too easy—if every page consisted just of a giant picture of Waldo’s face—no one would ever buy it. The difficulty of the task is what increases the power of discernment. Part of what makes it hard to find Waldo is that he is so ordinary-looking. On some pages, he’s surrounded by hundreds of look-alikes; Waldo-wannabees. He just seems to just blend in. You can be looking right at him without even knowing it. Where’s Waldo? Why doesn’t he show himself plainly? Why does he hide his face? He may not be absent, but he is elusive. He is Waldus absconditus—the Waldo who hides himself. Let every day—every moment—of your life be another page. God is there, the Scriptures tell us—on every one of them. But the ease with which he may be found varies from one page to the next. So let’s explore the truth found in both of these works of art: God is closer than you think.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2009-05-18 Description : Normal? Who’s Normal? Not you, that’s for sure! No one you’ve ever met, either. None of us are normal according to God’s definition, and the closer we get to each other, the plainer that becomes. Yet for all our quirks, sins, and jagged edges, we need each other. Community is more than just a word—it is one of our most fundamental requirements. So how do flawed, abnormal people such as ourselves master the forces that can drive us apart and come together in the life-changing relationships God designed us for? In Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, teacher and best-selling author John Ortberg zooms in on the things that make community tick. You’ll get a thought-provoking look at God’s heart, at others, and at yourself. Even better, you’ll gain wisdom and tools for drawing closer to others in powerful, impactful ways. With humor, insight, and a gift for storytelling, Ortberg shows how community pays tremendous dividends in happiness, health, support, and growth. It’s where all of us weird, unwieldy people encounter God’s love in tangible ways and discover the transforming power of being loved, accepted, and valued just the way we are. The need for community is woven into the very fabric of our being. Nothing else can substitute for the life-giving benefits of connecting with others—not even God. He won’t preempt the way he himself has designed us to reflect his own intensely relational nature. But there’s a hitch in our experience of community, says John Ortberg: We’re all weird. Folks around us may seem normal enough, but just wait till we get to know them—and they get to know us. The unhealthy, sinful ways we respond to life in a fallen world are hardly God’s idea of “normal,” and they can make us as unhuggable as porcupines. We face the “porcupine dilemma,” says Ortberg: We need each other, but how do we get close without getting hurt? How do we get past all those quills and grow together in Christ? In Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, Ortberg once again reveals his gift for sharing profound insights using a lighten-up approach. With winsome humor and a fondness for well-spun stories, he pops the myth of normalcy and hands us the keys to creating and sustaining relationships. “God’s dream for community encompasses the redemption of all spheres of life,” he says. Who doesn’t want like to be liked, to be wanted, to have solid, satisfying friendships! Ortberg shows what such relationships are made of. He reveals the benefits of authenticity—what it means to live with an “unveiled face,” as the Bible puts it. He encourages us to trade the stones it’s so easy to cast at others for acceptance. He opens our eyes and heart to empathy, the art of reading people. And he takes us through the ins and outs of conflict, forgiveness, confrontation, inclusion, and gratitude. The principles and discussion questions in this book are down-to-earth. They’re for real people living in a real world, and are intended to help us count the practical cost of relationship and then pay it—because in all the rewards and struggles of community, we’re investing in something beyond our comprehension. You could call it heaven. You could call it home. It’s the place where all of us are headed, all of us belong, and all of us will be normal at last.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $2.99 Release Date : 2008-09-09 Description : What if the most important word is the one in the middle? We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of faith, he traces the line between belief and unbelief: less a dividing line between hostile camps than a razor’s edge that runs through every soul. His findings point us toward the relief of being totally honest. Questions can expand our understanding, uncertainty can lead to trust, and honest faith can produce outrageous hope. Written from Ortberg’s own struggle with faith and doubt, this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire you with the truth that God wants all of us—including our doubts.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2008-09-09 Description : Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.<br /><br />It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box.<br /><br />Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on Earth—we can’t allow it to get in the way of what really matters.<br /><br />Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities. When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box Participant’s Guide helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we “own” is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important.<br /><br />In the six sessions you will learn how to:<br />Live passionately and boldlyLearn how to be active players in the game that pleases GodFind your true mission and offer your bestFill each square on the board with what matters mostSeek the richness of being instead of the richness of having<br />You can’t beat the house, notes Ortberg. We’re playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so it’s a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.<br /><br />Sessions include:<br />When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the BoxKeeping Score Where It Really CountsResign as Master of the BoardCalling or Comfort? Choose Your Move WiselyPlaying the Game with Greatness and GraceThe Kingdom Has One More Move<br />Designed for use with When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box DVD  9780310808244 (sold separately).|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Christianity Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2014-04-22 Description : In Soul Keeping, John Ortberg helps Christians rediscover their soul—the best connection to God there is—and find out why it’s hurting and why neglecting it has set so many believers so far back spiritually.<br /><br />In this six-session video-based small group Bible study (DVD/digital video sold separately), Ortberg shows that caring for your soul is necessary for your Christian life. John shows participants what your soul is, why it is important, how to assess your soul’s health, and how to care for it so that we can have a meaningful and beautiful life with God and others.<br /><br />When you nurture your soul your life in this world will come to make sense again; you can find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and a lack of fulfillment. Your soul’s resting place is in God, and John Ortberg wants to take participants to that home. <br /><br />Sessions include:<br />What Is the Soul?The Struggle of the SoulWhat the Soul NeedsThe Practice of GraceThe Practice of GratitudeThe Practice of Growth<br />Designed for use with Soul Keeping Video Study (sold separately).|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Health, Mind & Body Self-Improvement Price : $2.99 Release Date : 2016-05-01 Description : Let’s face it: making decisions is hard—especially when it comes to the big stuff like, <i>Should I marry this person? Am I in the wrong job? What should I do with my life?</i> We know that God has a plan for us, but how are we supposed to know what that plan is?<br /><br />
In <i>What Is God’s Will for My Life?</i>, bestselling author John Ortberg helps us understand:
If God’s will for my life is so important, why doesn’t he just tell me what it is?
How can I learn to recognize God’s voice?
If I miss God’s guidance on an important decision, am I stuck with “plan B” for the rest of my life?
God does have a plan for your life! It’s time to discover what it is.|
| Author : Jonathan Merritt & John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2014-04-01 Description : Is the God who created us better than the God we've created?<br /><br />After following Jesus for nearly two decades, Jonathan Merritt decides to confront the emptiness of a faith that has become dry, predictable, and rote. In a moment of desperation, he cries out for God to show up and surprise him, and over the next year, God doesn't disappoint.<br /><br />In JESUS IS BETTER THAN YOU IMAGINED, Jonathan shares vulnerable, never-before-shared stories of how he learned to encounter Jesus in unexpected ways. Through a 60-hour vow of silence in a desert monastery, he experiences Jesus in silence. When a friend dies of a rare disease, he sees Jesus in tragedy. Through confronting childhood sexual abuse, Jonathan discovers Jesus in honesty. In an anti-Christian-themed bar, he finds Jesus in sacrilege. And when he's almost kidnapped in Haiti by armed bandits, he experiences Jesus in the impossible.<br /><br />Though Merritt finds himself in places he never dreamed of, he doesn't lose his way. Instead, these experiences force him back to the Bible, where he repeatedly offers fresh, sometimes provocative, interpretations of familiar passages. Along the way, he throws back the covers on the sleepy faith of many Christians, urging them to search for the Holy in their midst.<br /><br />Pointed and poignant by turns, Jonathan helps readers open their hearts to a mysterious God and a faith that sustains, guides, and most importantly, surprises. His fearlessly honest story invites us all to discover the messy mercy and crazy grace of a sometimes startling Savior.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2014-11-04 Description : In this refreshingly candid look at what it takes to live a life of faith, John Ortberg takes an honest look at the misgivings and uncertainties that often shake our beliefs as we navigate through the highs and lows of life.<br /><br />Reflecting on his own bouts with doubt and uncertainty, Ortberg shares with readers his discovery that, rather than being a contradiction in terms, doubt and faith may be very much a part of each other. He challenges readers to consider how doubt can motivate us to study and learn, how questioning expands our understanding, and how uncertainty can lead to trust. These challenges point us toward the relief of being totally honest.<br /><br />The right kind of doubt can be a gift—an action-generating truth that actually allows us to deepen our faith and intimacy with God. Written to challenge, comfort, and inspire readers, Know Doubt reveals uncertainty as a cause for celebration.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $6.99 Release Date : 2010-05-11 Description : How Do You Explain a Love That Has No Explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you not because you are flawless, not because you are a perfect person, but just because you are. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. Ortberg takes you to the very core of God’s being to discover a burning, passionate love that gives, and gives, and gives. He explores the life-changing ways this love has expressed itself through Jesus. And he shows how you, like Jesus, can love your mate, your family, your friends, and the world around you with the same practical, transforming love. Dispelling your fears and misconceptions of God, Love Beyond Reason brings you face-to-face with the Love that frees and empowers you to love.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $2.99 Release Date : 2010-09-14 Description : The Me I Want to Be by John Ortberg—the bestselling author of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; and The Life You’ve Always Wanted—will help you discover spiritual vitality like never before as you learn to “live in the flow of the spirit.” But if God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life in The Me I Want to Be. This book will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God "will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers—pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin—to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel: — a deeper connection with God — a growing sense of joy — an honest recognition of your brokenness — less fear, more trust — a growing sense of being “rooted in love” — a deeper sense of purpose God invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Bible Studies Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2013-05-08 Description : In this six-session study, pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg helps us see how Jesus has impacted the world like no other person in history and why it makes a difference in our everyday life. Who is Jesus? He is the hinge of history. He is the hope of the oppressed. He is the inspiration of the despairing. He is the King of Kings. He is the Lord of Lords. He is the greatest teacher who ever lived. He is the greatest mind that ever thought. He sparked the greatest movement that has ever spread. He offered the greatest gift that has ever been given. He alone mastered life. He alone conquered death. He alone overcame sin. He alone grows more present with each passing year. He is the Son of God. He is the Savior of the world. That's who this man is! Designed for use with the video.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2013-05-15 Description : In the six-session small group Bible study, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg guides you and your group through the spiritual disciplines and teaches you how they can transform your spiritual life. What does true spiritual life really look like? And what keeps you from living it? What can you do to pursue it?<br /><br />If you’re tired of the status quo—if you suspect there’s more to Christianity than what you’ve experienced—John Ortberg invites you to join him on a road to transformation and spiritual vigor that anyone can take. Cultivate new intimacy and confidence in prayer. Discover the freedom of secrecy. Taste the benefits of slowing life’s frenetic pace. Learn how to be guided by the Holy Spirit … and much more.<br /><br />As in a marathon, the secret lies not in trying hard, but in training consistently. Proven by followers of Jesus over the centuries, the spiritual disciplines are exercises that strengthen your endurance race on the road to growth.<br /><br />Sessions include:<br />It’s Morphing TimeSlowing Down and CelebratingPraying and ConfessingMeditating on Scripture and Seeking GuidancePracticing Servanthood, Finding FreedomGoing the Distance with a Well-Ordered Heart<br />Designed for use with The Life You’ve Always Wanted: A DVD Study 9780310810506 (sold separately).|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Bible Studies Price : $2.99 Release Date : 2013-05-08 Description : If God has a perfect vision for your life, why does spiritual growth seem so difficult? Pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life in The Me I Want to Be. In this study you will learn how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God "will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. He also helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. The Me I Want To Be Participant’s Guide is a guidebook to the great task and joy of your life … becoming God’s best version of you. Designed for use with the video.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $12.99 Release Date : 2017-10-03 Description : <i>I’d Like You More if You Were More like Me</i> takes on one of life’s most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people?<br /><br />
We were created for deep connections. When people have deep connections, says John Ortberg, they win in life. When they don’t have deep connections, they cannot win in life. <i>I’d Like You More if You Were More like Me</i> offers help in overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to making deep connections: the fact that we’re so different. Different from God and different from each other.<br /><br />
The good news is that connectedness is not based on similarity, but on shared experiences. When one person invites another to share an experience, they’re connected. It can be sharing a beautiful sunset or a meal, having a great conversation over cup of coffee, going for walk, or even teasing somebody. And when we share those same experiences with God, we get closer to him, too. God wants to connect with us—so much that he sent his son to live as a human being. God took on flesh and shared every human experience. So we don’t have to wonder what a close relationship with God looks like anymore.<br /><br />
An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn’t have to be a cliché, it can be a daily way of life.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2008-09-02 Description : The challenges, isolation, and relentless demands of leadership can inspire a variety of fears in the heart of a leader; among them fear of failure, fear of mutiny, fear of criticism, fear of disappointing people. However, the greatest fear leaders face is not something that might happen to them, but something that can happen in them—a degeneration of the heart that robs them of their calling and leaves a deep soul dissatisfaction in its place.John Ortberg describes this menacing fear in terms of mission and shadow mission. A mission is the highest purpose to which God calls us; a shadow mission is an authentic mission that has been derailed, often in imperceptible ways. Ortberg writes, “Part of what makes the shadow mission so tempting is that it’s usually so closely related to our gifts and passions. It’s not 180 degrees off track; it is just 10 degrees off track, but that 10 degrees is in the direction of hell.”Every leader has a mission—and a shadow mission. Even Jesus had to battle a shadow mission; it was to be a leader without suffering—to be the Messiah without the cross. Ortberg writes, “If we fail to embrace our true mission, we will live out our shadow mission. We will let our lives center around things that are unworthy, selfish and dark.” Using characters from the remarkable Old Testament story of Esther, Ortberg demonstrates the disastrous consequences of succumbing to shadow mission, and the stunning rewards of whole-hearted commitment to mission. With characteristic humor and insight, the author invites us to follow Esther’s example and courageously choose to embrace the mission God gives. Like Esther, we can lead without fear—even in threatening circumstances—because we know God is always at work in unseen, unknown and unlikely ways.|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Many Christians have an easier time being saved by grace than they do living in grace every day. But grace is at the center of the life God calls us to--and reflects the heart of the One who calls.These studies in Grace will help you make the connection between grace as a remote biblical concept and grace as a lifestyle--a reality you experience day in, day out. Through an unfolding study of Psalm 23, you’ll learn how God--our Good Shepherd--is for you, how he longs to walk with you through temptation, sorrow, and even deep regret. You’ll discover God’s desire to make his joy your joy. Throughout, you’ll learn how enduring, powerful, and life-affirming God’s work in your life can be—and rediscover why it’s called amazing grace.Leader’s guide included!Grace group sessions are:Living in GraceGrace for RegretsSustaining GraceDelighting in GraceA Legacy of GraceGrace ForeverGrace to Share|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : What would your life be like if Jesus lived it? Imagine the change you would experience in your thoughts, actions, and relationships. Think of the joy and freedom that could transform every area of your life. That’s exactly what God has in mind for you! You’ll find out how in Growth. Through personal study and small group interaction, this study sets you on a path to live out the character of Jesus in this world as only you can. It happens not by trying hard, but by training. By cultivating spiritual disciplines--Scripture meditation, prayer, solitude, endurance, loving others--you’ll discover the joy of being transformed by Christ and the freedom of living each day sustained by his power. Leader’s guide included!Growth group sessions are:Training to Live Like JesusThe Practice of Scripture MeditationThe Practice of SolitudeSimple PrayerThree Transforming PrayersThe Roundabout WayAnd the Greatest of These Is Love|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $0.99 Release Date : 2014-04-29 Description : Jesus said the soul is worth more than the world.  The soul is the key to our lives, binding our heart, our mind, and our spirit together.  Shouldn't you get pretty clear on exactly what the soul is? And how to care for it? Taken from John Ortberg’s book Soul Keeping, this booklet reveals what the soul’s greatest need is, now and for eternity.<br /><br />Have you ever thought about why your soul is hurting and if that could be standing in the way of your spiritual growth? Ortberg writes that once your  soul has been properly cared for, you will find your way back to God from hopelessness, depression, relationship struggles, and lack of fulfillment. Jesus said we could find rest for our souls.  Ortberg points us in that direction. |
| Author : Bill Hybels & John Ortberg Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2014-07-29 Description : When Jesus was walking the earth, everyone had a theory about who he was—healer, revolutionary, king, friend, humble carpenter. But out of the vast complexity of characteristics and ideas there emerges one simple word that no one can deny: “Rabbi.”<br /><br />These 36 Bible studies capture the heart of Jesus the Rabbi.  He was a revolutionary, miracle-working, loving, powerful, divine teacher.  For those whose minds are ready to be expanded, whose hearts are hungering to be touched, and whose lives are ripe for growth, John Ortberg and Bill Hybels invites people of all ages and backgrounds to pull up a chair and dig into the life lessons of Jesus captured in the Bible throughout the Gospels.<br /><br />Designed for use as personal Bible study or group study, the interactive format will help readers grow in their ability to reflect the character of Jesus.<br /><br />Studies include:<br />Twelve Studies on the Sermon on the Mount by Bill HybelsSix Studies on The Lord’s Prayer by John OrtbergSix Studies on the Parables by John OrtbergSix Studies on The Passion Story by Bill HybelsSix Studies on Luke by Bill Hybels|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : When God pours out his love, our parched lives are revived and our thirsty souls satisfied. What is the secret of receiving more of God's love and of giving it freely to others? The book of I John calls us back to the basics of loving God and one another. Do you long to experience God's mercy and goodness in deeper ways and extend them to others? Would you like his love to fill you up to the point where it overflows naturally into the lives of others? This study of I John will help you and your small group experience the refreshing rain of God's love in ways you have always wanted. New Community Series -- a high-impact tool for experiencing the transforming power of God's Word. This cutting-edge series lets you explore life-changing topics from a biblical perspective in community with others in your small group. Challenging questions encourage you to reflect on Scripture and its impact on your life, both as an individual and as part of a community of Christ followers.|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $1.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : Consult the compass for the journey of your life. Life as a Christian is a journey -- a journey toward God. But how do you set your compass? How do you make sure that God is guiding your steps and that you are not being blown willy-nilly by life's shifting winds of circumstance? Turn to the book of Exodus and discover guidance and joy for your pilgrimage. You will grow to know God in a deeper, more personal way. You will learn to trust him more than ever before. You will discover who your fellow travelers are. And you will learn how to chart your course by the compass of God's will as you take the trip of your life.|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $3.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Learn to Pray with the Master If you could ask the first disciples, “What was the Savior’s secret to living in alignment with the Father’s will and with power to face life’s challenges,” they would have answered with one word, “Prayer!” As we learn to talk with the Father, we grow strong in faith and obedience. The Lord’s Prayer is much more than a collection of words to be recited from memory. It is a Jesus-given springboard to launch us into the refreshing waters of God’s wisdom and strength. When we learn to pray with Jesus, we become like him. Will you dare to echo the plea of the first disciples, “Teach us to pray”?|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $1.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : What does it mean to do everything "in Jesus’ name"? Is that an ideal attainable only by a few "super Christians"--or is it a way of life we can all experience?Leader’s guide included!Fully Devoted group sessions are:What Is True Spirituality?GraceGrowthGroupsGiftsGiving"We Know Him Well . . . "|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $3.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : Six-session small group studies to build true community within the church and among the worldParables: Jesus, the wisest man who ever lived, had much to say about God, the human heart, the future, life, anger, love, and everything that mattered. Digging into the treasure trove of the wisdom and truth hidden in his parables will stretch minds, feed souls, pierce hearts, and shape his followers into true disciples.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2015-05-05 Description : How do you explain a love that has no explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you not because you are flawless, not because you are a perfect person, but just because you are you.<br /><br />In Life-Changing Love, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. Ortberg takes you to the very focus of who God is to discover a burning, passionate love that gives, and gives, and gives. He explores the life-changing ways this love has expressed itself through Jesus. And he shows how you can love your mate, your family, your friends, and the world around you with the same practical, transforming love.<br /><br />Dispelling your fears and misconceptions of God, Life-Changing Love brings you face-to-face with the Love that frees and empowers you to love.|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $6.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Community is God’s idea. Only in community can we know and be known, love and be loved, celebrate others and be celebrated by them. And only through close, transparent relationships can we be transformed as individuals.Groups invites you to enjoy the rewards--and embrace the risks--of community. Step by step, this study will challenge and encourage you to explore the amazing potential for growth found in authentic relationships. You’ll study the true nature of friendship. The power of paying attention. The path to intimacy. The encouragement of being for one another. You’ll learn what it means to live out these and other simple but vital truths for being all you are, giving all you’ve got, and receiving all you need as a member of God’s dynamic community, the church.Leader’s guide included!Groups group sessions are:This Is a FriendshipLove Pays AttentionKnowing and Being KnownWhen Community Breaks DownForgivenessBuilding a Passionately Inclusive ChurchBeing "For" One Another|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2009-06-26 Description : SI QUIERES CAMINARSOBRE LAS AGUASTIENES QUE SALIR DE LA BARCAEs posible que Pedro fuera el primero en salir de la embarcación, pero la invitación de Jesús es extensiva a usted hoy. Lo que le espera fuera es mucho agua y pocas probabilidades de mantenerse firme. Como seguidores de Cristo podemos seguir su llamado pero, ¿caminar sobre las aguas?Caminar sobre las aguas es:• Enfrentar los temores y no dejar que estos digan la ultima palabra. • Descubrir el llamado de Dios y seguirlo toda la vida.• Experimentar el poder de Dios en su vida para hacer lo que no podía por sus propias fuerzas.Cristo camino sobre esas aguas con éxito, si usted quiere hacerlo solo hay un requisito: Si quiere caminas sobre las aguas, tiene que salir de la barca.|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $4.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Written by the dynamic leaders of church ministry across the country, this series explores life-changing topics from a biblical perspective. New Community guides don’t force small groups to choose between Bible study and building community. Just the opposite. Each study delves deeply into Scripture in a way that strengthens relationships. Challenging questions encourage group members to reflect not only on Scripture but also on their own lives—individually and as a part of God’s family. And unlike most Bible studies, the New Community series helps study groups convert biblical principles into practical teamwork—helping at the soup kitchen, bringing a meal to someone, writing an encouraging letter, and so on. Filled with prayer, insight, intimacy, and action, each study in this series will help group members line up their lives and relationship more closely with the Bible’s model for the church.|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $3.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Stand Strong in Life’s Furnaces How do you respond when the bottom drops out? What happens to your character quotient when things don’t go the way you planned? How do you react when the temperature is rising, you are under attack, and God seems far away? Daniel discovered that the furnace experiences of life refine and define us. Spiritual integrity rarely grows when everything goes our way. Instead, God uses things like a furnace, a lion’s den, a mad king, and exile in a foreign country to forge character in a soul. If you long to meet God in the challenging times and come through the fire stronger and more faithful, Daniel is ready to show the way.|
| Author : John Ortberg & Kevin & Sherry Harney Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $3.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : Extend the Compassion and Grace of Jesus Jesus came to serve, sacrifice, and die. His humble lifestyle flies in the face of the conventional wisdom of a society that is fixated on getting more and scraping our way to the top. Not only did the Savior model a life of extraordinary service, he called his followers to join him in this mission. In 2 Corinthians we find a pathway to Jesus-like living. Paul calls us to align our hearts and lives with the way of the Savior and offer authentic love, amazing grace, extravagant generosity, and humble service. As we do this, we are shaped into the image of the One who served so hard he ended up on a cross.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2014-10-20 Description : El alma es la clave de nuestra vida; es la que une nuestro corazón, nuestra mente y nuestro espíritu. Sin embargo, ¿qué es en realidad? En Guarda tu alma, John Ortberg utiliza un formato popular y repleto de anécdotas para tratar el tema de lo que es nuestra alma, y de cómo podemos cuidar de ella en un mundo que con mucha frecuencia nos olvidamos de que existe en cada uno de nosotros, esperando a que la alimentemos.|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : Jesus said more about money than just about any other topic. Clearly, it is an important issue--and a touchy one! Deep down, we know it is not a matter of what we earn but how we manage what we earn that shows our ultimate priorities.Giving demonstrates how good stewardship is more than a responsibility—it’s an adventure. As you study the connection between your wallet and your heart, you’ll learn how money management is a powerful tool for shaping your character. You’ll discover how giving is as much a part of spiritual growth as prayer and Bible study. And you’ll learn about the rewards of cultivating wise financial habits and a generous heart. Above all, you’ll find out how a lifestyle of giving reflects the heart of God, who freely gives his best to you.Leader’s guide included!Giving group sessions are:Money: Why Is It So Important to God?The Open Hands of GodTithing: A Training Exercise for the HeartBehind the Scenes of DebtWhat Is a Biblical Lifestyle?Cultivating a Heart of CompassionThe Chance of a Lifetime|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2013-06-25 Description : El Ser que Quiero Ser de John Ortberg – autor de mayor venta de Cuando el Juego Termina Todo Regresa a la Caja, Dios Está más Cerca de lo que Crees; y La Vida que Siempre Quiso – le ayudará a descubrir una energía espiritual que jamás ha conocido a medida que aprende a «vivir en el flujo del Espíritu».Pero, ¿si Dios tiene una visión perfecta para su vida, por qué resulta tan difícil crecer espiritualmente?John Ortberg da intrigantes respuestas a esa pregunta y organiza sus pensamientos y la Palabra de Dios en una guía sencilla y oportuna para que disfrute de su mejor vida en El Ser que Quiero Ser.Este libro le mostrará que la visión perfecta de Dios para usted comienza con un compromiso convincente. Todo aquel que confía en Dios «será como un árbol plantado junto al agua, que extiende sus raíces hacia la corriente; no teme que llegue el calor, y sus hojas están siempre verdes. En época de sequía no se angustia, y nunca deja de dar fruto» (Jeremías 17:7-8).Ortberg le recomienda que reconozca su quebrantamiento, entienda que Dios es su gerente de proyecto, y que siga Sus instrucciones. El autor primeramente le ayuda a evaluar su salud espiritual y a medir la diferencia desde donde se encuentra actualmente hasta donde Dios quiere que esté. Seguidamente le proporciona tareas y ejercicios en detalle para que pueda vivir en el flujo del Espíritu, salvando barreras reales – dolor y tristeza, tentaciones, desconfianza de si mismo, pecado – para incluso prosperar en un mundo decadente y tenebroso.A medida que comienza a vivir en el flujo del Espíritu, usted sentirá:- una relación con Dios más profunda; una mayor sensación de gozo; un sincero reconocimiento de su quebrantamiento; menos temor, más confianza; una mayor sensación de estar «arraigado en amor”; un sentido del propósito más profundo.Dios le invita a acompañarle para crear una vida abundante y llena de gozo. El Ser que Quiero Ser le muestra cómo aceptar graciosamente Su invitación.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Religion & Spirituality Books Price : $0.99 Release Date : 2012-10-02 Description : The child in Bethlehem would grow up to be a friend of sinners, not a friend of Rome. He would spend his life with the ordinary and the unimpressive. He would pay deep attention to lepers and cripples, to the blind and the beggar, to prostitutes and fishermen, to women and children. He would announce the availability of a kingdom different from Herod’s. A kingdom where blessings—full value and worth with God—was now conferred on the poor in spirit and the meek and the persecuted.<br /><br />People would not understand all this meant. According to pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg in Who Is This Child, we still do not.<br /><br />But a revolution was starting, a slow, quiet, movement that began at the bottom of society and would undermine the pretensions of the Herods. It was a movement that was largely underground, like a cave around Bethlehem, where a dangerous baby was born and hidden from a king.<br /><br />Strange reversal. Men who wore purple robes and glittering crowns and gaudy titles began to look ridiculous. And yet the figure of the child born in a manger only grew in stature. Adapted from John Ortberg’s book, Who Is This Man?|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $1.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : It’s easy to recognize God in a church service or while attending a wedding or a funeral. But it’s easy to forget about Him in the busyness of our daily lives. This gift book encourages the reader to notice God in the everyday happenings around us. Whether it’s a smile from a co-worker, the love of a spouse, the sound of the ocean, or a look at the stars, it all speaks God’s name if we just take the time to see and listen. Content is excerpted from God Is Closer Than You Think by John Ortberg.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $1.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : We all have stuff—and stuff is important. Our homes, jobs, hobbies, wardrobe, and toys make this life more enjoyable. But if our entire perspective is colored by our “things” we lose sight of the temporal nature of all that we have. This easy-to-read gift book leads the reader to consider what’s ultimately important and encourages a healthier perspective on the materialistic nature of our lives. Content is excerpted from When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg.|
| Author : John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling Genre : Bible Studies Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $3.99 Release Date : 2009-12-19 Description : Gifted--that’s you! Uniquely equipped to help build up the body of Christ. As a follower of Jesus, serving others is an integral part of your identity and an important key to your personal growth. But how do you cultivate a servant’s heart and your spiritual gifts in ways that build up your church, your family, your friends, and your world--without wiping you out in the process?Gifts guides you to the answers. Through personal study and small group interaction, this study will help you develop a passion to be used by God. You’ll find out about your unique place in the body of Christ and how to surmount the obstacles that keep you from thriving. You’ll discover the joy of serving with others--doing together what you cannot do alone. And you’ll learn how to abide in Christ, experiencing a freshness and vitality that grow as you give!Leader’s guide included!Gifts group sessions are:Use Me!Use My Gifts!Walking into WeaknessComparison: The Killjoy of ServanthoodThe Ministry of the MundaneServanthood’s Bell-Shaped CurveAbide in Him|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $7.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : ¿Normal? ¿Quién es normal?Es seguro que usted no lo es. Tampoco lo es nadie que conozca. Ninguno de nosotros somos normales de acuerdo con la definición de Dios, y mientras más cerca estemos uno del otro, más evidente se hará esto. Sin embargo, para todas nuestras excentricidades, pecados y exabruptos, nos necesitamos los unos a los otros. Comunidad es más que solo una palabra… es uno de nuestros requerimientos más importantes. Así que ¿cómo pueden las personas con defectos y no normales como nosotros dominar las fuerzas que nos apartan y nos unen en las relaciones transformadoras de vida para las que Dios nos designó?En Todos son normales hasta que los conoces, el profesor y autor de éxitos de ventas, John Ortberg, hace énfasis en aquello que marca nuestra comunidad. Tendrás pensamientos inspiradores al mirar en el corazón de Dios, de los demás y en el tuyo propio. Aún mejor, obtendrás sabiduría y las herramientas para poder acercarte a otros en formas poderosas e impactantes. Con humor, perspicacia y su don para narrar historias, Ortberg muestra cómo la comunidad paga grandes dividendos en felicidad, salud, respaldo y desarrollo. Es ahí cuando todos nosotros, personas extrañas y difíciles de tratar, encontramos el amor de Dios de manera tangible y descubrimos el poder transformador de ser amado, aceptado y valorado justo en la forma que somos.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $5.99 Release Date : 2010-02-23 Description : SI DIOS ESTÁ SIEMPRE CON NOSOTROS, POR QUÉ ES TAN DIFÍCIL ENCONTRARLOALGUIEN QUE TE AMA ESTÁ ESPERANDO VERTELa Biblia está llena de ejemplos acerca de un Dios íntimo, un Dios profundamente interesado en estar en contacto con personas comunes y corrientes. Él promete estar con nosotros y dice que nos guiará personalmente. Sin embargo, de algún modo, la intimidad con Dios parece eludirnos. Capturados en la corriente principal de la vida, sabemos que estamos perdiéndonos de algo vital. Pero, ¿cómo lo obtenemos?DIOS ESTÁ MÁS CERCA DE LO QUE CREESMuestra la manera de lograr una relación vibrante y continua con tu Padre celestial. No se trata de un concepto teológico abstracto, sino de la pura verdad: conexión íntima con un Dios profundamente personal.El exitoso autor, JOHN ORTBERG, revela el rostro de Dios que espera ser descubierto en el complejo mosaico de tu vida. Muestra cómo es que la mano de Dios se extiende hacia ti; con ese don especial para la narrativa, Ortberg ilustra las formas en las que puedes responder a Dios y completar la conexión, lo cual da como resultado tu gozo y el de él:Encontrar a Dios en donde menos lo esperasHacer de tu mente el lugar donde mora DiosIdentificar para qué tipo de relación estás especialmente diseñadoAcercarte a Dios aun cuando él parezca ausente.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $6.99 Release Date : 2009-12-15 Description : A menudo pensamos que la duda es lo opuesto de la fe, pero ¿pudiera en realidad fortalecer nuestra relación con Dios? Según John Ortberg, autor de éxitos de librería y pastor, la misma naturaleza de la fe requiere la presencia de la incertidumbre.En este vistazo refrescantemente cándido a la vida de la fe, el autor traza una línea entre la creencia y la incredulidad. Nos da cierto alivio en cuanto a las dudas que pudiéramos tener. Las preguntas pueden ampliar nuestra comprensión, la incertidumbre puede conducir a la confianza, y la fe honesta puede producir una fe extraordinaria.Escrito basado precisamente en la propia lucha de Ortberg con la fe y la duda, este libro será un reto para usted. Le consolará y le inspirará con la verdad que Dios quiere de todos nosotros, incluyendo nuestras dudas.|
| Author : Holly Christine Hayes Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $9.99 Release Date : 2017-09-29 Description : From Basement to Sanctuary is a radical story of conversion and transformation that enlightens readers on what the church can learn from the twelve-step recovery movement, and who the God is that plucks His beloved children out of the basement. Author Holly Christine Hayes spent her teen and young adult life mired in alcoholism and drug addiction, in the grips of a downward spiral that led to a life of trauma, shame, and eventual homelessness. After an encounter with God in a public bathroom in 2001, her life was forever changed. God miraculously healed her and delivered her from her addiction. But it took years for her to find out who the God was that saved her. Through the telling of her story, the author takes readers on a journey through the recovery meetings that gather in church basements to the sanctuary of the church. All the while, she shares lessons she learned in the basement about who God really is and the miraculous ways He wants to heal our hurts, habits, sins and setbacks.
Hollys story is a gripping journey of the soul for any reader whos simply interested in the human condition. Her account of how a heart can be vulnerable, what addiction can do and feel like from the inside, and where both pain and hope can be found will be an enormous grip for anyone who wrestles with addiction or loves someone who does.
John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church, and author of All the Places to GoHow Will You Know?
Holly Hayes courageously takes us on a beautiful journey with this book that lights the way and gives hope to its readers, while detailing how she managed to survive, recover, and thrive. Its an inspiring story that can help anyone who wants to lead a meaningful, sober, spiritual, healthy, and fulfilling life. Its a tale about love, and thats why anyone can learn and relate to this book. Its a must-read!
Erica Spiegelman, Certified Addiction Specialist and author of Rewired: A Bold New Approach to Addiction and Recovery
I first met Holly when she was leading worship for the church where I served as executive pastor. I was instantly drawn to her joy and engaging presence. She seemed to truly believe every word of praise that she sang. When you read her story you cannot help but be moved by the beautiful and miraculous grace of God. The vulnerability with which Holly shares her story is arresting but her passion for the hope that she has found in Jesus is even more compelling. If the miracles of the New Testament feel like fairy tales to you, reading From Basement to Sanctuary will remind you that God is still doing miracles today, and one of them is Holly Hayes.
Jenni Catron, author, speaker, and founder/CEO of The 4Sight Group
In every generation a book comes along that has the power to transform and challenge the way you have always viewed God and His love for people. Hollys story and her vulnerability allow readers to see Jesus through new eyes as the One who lavishly loves with unguarded devotion toward all people. Far more than a book on recovery, Holly has discovered the very thing we all cravea relationship with a God who has the power to transform!
Dana Malouff, colead pastor, Expression Church <br />
Sweet serenity! I am so excited to finally have this beautifully inspired book to give to friends, family, and anyone on a search for recovery! The Twelve Steps brought me back to an authentic relationship with Jesussteps I believe were divinely inspired by God for those of us who are a little harder headed. The church and the Twelve Steps have taught me how to live the amazing life God intended for me. I am so grateful that Holly, my fearless sister, shares her heart and Gods love in this book. If youre suffering from any stronghold in your life, if youre a family member of someone who is and dont know why the person does what he or she does, or if you just want a life that is happy, joyous, and freeread this book!
Candy Coburn, singer-songwriter|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Religion Books Kids Careers & Occupations Poetry Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2017-03-07 Description : <b>Hear John Ortberg’s first children’s book in this special e-book and audiobook edition, featuring cheerful narration with word-by-word highlighting.</b><br /><br />
We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a whimsical way by inviting children to use their “magnificent chooser” that God gave them to make right choices daily. Parents will love reading this book to their kids, and kids will enjoy the content while learning lessons that will stay with them throughout their lives.<br /><br />
<b>Your kids will learn to make Godly choices while reading the rhyming text along with the narrator in this enhanced e-book!</b>|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $2.99 Release Date : 2011-10-11 Description : John Ortberg speaks with humor, insight, and wisdom to graduates facing the work world or pursuing additional education. John gave us access to the Willow Creek archives to find new, previously unpublished material that will speak specifically to this target audience.|
| Author : John Ortberg Genre : Christianity Books Religion & Spirituality Price : $10.99 Release Date : 2017-05-02 Description : Permanecer estático e acomodado não é algo que o Deus da Bíblia costuma ordenar a seu povo. Pelo contrário, ele muitas vezes nos abre portas e nos convida a atravessá-las e caminhar rumo a algo novo e desconhecido. Saber reagir ao chamado é a diferença entre viver de acordo com a vontade de Deus ou recusá-la. <br/>
John Ortberg, autor consagrado mundialmente, nos ensina a reconhecer as portas que nos são abertas. Ele nos incentiva e nos encoraja a abraçar o desconhecido e a desfrutar as maravilhosas experiências que o Senhor deseja nos proporcionar, pois a porta que Deus abre ninguém é capaz de fechar. <br/>
Siga em frente, atravesse essa porta e experimente oportunidades que terão repercussões eternas.<br/>
A porta aberta é a grande aventura da vida, pois significa a possibilidade de ser um instrumento na mão de Deus. Mais que isso. Significa abandonar a mesmice, renovar o pensamento, dar significado à vida e responder positivamente ao chamado de Deus.<br/>
Descubra e surpreenda-se com os cuidados de Deus com você. Aproveite as oportunidades que ele lhe concede de fazer a vida valer a pena.|