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Two works of art help John Ortberg think about the presence of God. One is Michelangelo Buonarroti’s brilliant painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. God is close. His hand comes within a hair’s breath of the hand of the man. It seems to say that God is closer than we think—he’s here, now, today, accessible to all who will but “lift a finger.” The sTwo works of art help John Ortberg think about the presence of God. One is Michelangelo Buonarroti’s brilliant painting of God and Adam on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. God is close. His hand comes within a hair’s breath of the hand of the man. It seems to say that God is closer than we think—he’s here, now, today, accessible to all who will but “lift a finger.” The second work of art is Martin Hanford’s cartoon character Waldo. He is on every page of the Where’s Waldo? books, but he can be difficult to find. In the same way, even though God is present on every page of our lives, he’s often not easy to spot.In God Is Closer Than You Think, John Ortberg examines this frustrating paradox of the Christian life. “When it is so easy to ‘see’ God all around me (in trees, in birds, in nature) why is it so hard to feel his presence—especially when I need him most?” Ortberg helps readers discover the secret to living daily in the reality of God’s most frequent promise in Scripture, “I will be with you.”...

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  • Josh Miller
    2018-11-28 04:29

    Ortberg has a way with words...I thank God for talented authors like Him who write books to strengthen Christians in their walk with Him.I had to keep a pen nearby as I constantly came across nuggets of truth. The way which Ortberg weaves illustrations with Biblical truth makes a strong impact upon the reader.Chapter seven, Spiritual Pathways, was probably my favorite. In matter of fact, I took an evening before bedtime this past week and read the chapter to my family. In my opinion, the truth was profound. In the chapter, Ortberg lays out the premise that because God made us individuals, certain "growth pathways" will resonate better with some. He lays out the following pathways and the dangers associated with them:1. Intellectual Pathway2. Relational Pathway3. Serving Pathway4. Worship Pathway5. Activist Pathway6. Contemplative Pathway7. Creation PathwayHe is not saying you will only grow in the area of your pathway. What he is proposing is that because people are different, they will each respond favorably on different pathways. Every Christian would benefit from the truths contained in this book.

  • Sue
    2018-11-17 05:28

    A very encouraging, inspiring and also practical book for anyone wanting to know more of God's presence day by day. Ortberg writes in his usual friendly style, with amusing throwaway lines and family anecdotes here and there. He also covers a lot of very important issues, and debunks certain viewpoints (such as the idea that God is only interested in people doing 'spiritual' activities).There's a useful chapter about different pathways to finding God: this was very reassuring to one who finds church services, for the most part, rather dull. There's also a chapter about why God sometimes seems far away. And much more. I'd recommend this very highly to anyone even remotely interested in Christian spirituality. A book I am sure I'll return to.

  • Dan
    2018-12-10 03:07

    I just finished this book yesterday. John Ortberg is one of the funniest, down to earth, insightful Christian writers that I admire. Some of it is fluff, but never without meaningful Truth. I love his analogy of finding God like finding Waldo. On the early pages, he's always there, and it's so exciting to find him. But as you turn the pages, he blends in a little bit more and it's frustrating to not be able to see him as clearly. But that does not mean that he's not there. God sometimes "hides" h=Himself from His children, so that we would get better at finding Him. But He never leaves us. Our eyes must never lose the wonder of our first love. I especially love the chapter on meditation. I may use that in a sermon in the near future.

  • Jennifer Daniel
    2018-12-08 05:12

    I can't really complain about this being "too preachy", it is a Christian book. It was one referenced in The Year of Living Biblically: One Man's Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible. Started off interestingly enough with the author's thoughts on Michaelangelo's Sistine Chapel, then he tried to be hip and use slang. The problem is when your only street conection is Baptist teen church nerds you don't sound too krunck just really, really white. Like Kevin Costner white.

  • Anna
    2018-12-05 04:23

    We used this book in Sunday school at church and I loved the dvd that accompanied the book. John Ortberg has such a great perspective on how we should be living our lives and drawing closer to God. Would highly recommend for bible study groups.

  • T. Finley
    2018-11-24 01:09

    When I bought this book, I was looking for a magic formula, something that would instantly improve my 'personal relationship' with God. The fact is, there is no magic formula, no 'quick fix'. The book is structured as more of a long-term plan, a plan that requires effort and dedication to implement. However having read the book, I believe the author was right in using this approach. When it comes to a person's spiritual well-being it's good to think long-term, because too often someone will start out strong only to lose direction once their initial enthusiasm wears off.Did I like it? Yes.Would I reread it? Maybe.Would I recommend it? Not sure.

  • Josh Morgan
    2018-11-21 03:23

    Like most of his books, Ortberg takes topics that Dallas Willard has written about and communicates them in a way that doesn't take a mere mortal a year to process. To be clear, I love Willard and I love Ortberg. This book's backbone is based around developing a practice of the presence of God in your everyday life, but it also covers everything from hearing God to what the kingdom of Heaven is like. If you're looking for a portable, digestible encounter with these topics that you can start practicing today, I highly recommend reading this book.

  • Sarah
    2018-11-21 21:29

    Ortberg offers practical adivce for how to gain a closer relationship to God. This proximital relationship is achieved by realizing that God is always with you and that he in facts chases you with his arms open in love. Through a blend of pop culture and Christian elements Ortberg perfectly creates an entertaining and applicable text that lifts the spirit and reminds us that our hope in life is God. Thank God, he is closer than we think.

  • Karen
    2018-11-25 23:03

    This is a wonderful, gentle book. It actually only took me a few days to read it. I don’t know why I didn’t finish it when I started 6 months ago. Finally last week I decided to read a chapter a night. The author has a wonderful sense of humor and a practical way of helping the reader see heaven here on earth and how we can cultivate awareness of its existence.

  • Mindy Evans
    2018-11-17 05:20

    This author is great! He has a way of giving you good information without it being boring. He's like a spiritual comedian. I really enjoyed this book and can say I have gotten a lot out of it. I would definitely recommend.

  • Albert Graves
    2018-11-16 22:18

    Life changingThe chapter on spiritual pathways changed the way I pursue God. I would recommend all of Ortberg's books, but loved this one.

  • Brooke Elyse
    2018-11-27 22:28

    It's ok.

  • Wavey Cowpar
    2018-11-25 02:26

    Wow,Just wow!This book is amazing. I read it alongside reading Brother Lawrence's "Practicing the Presence of God" which I would recommend doing as I believe that little book was the inspiration behind this bigger book.Ortberg starts off by talking about the image often referred to as 'the creation of man' in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican. He talks about the positioning of the figures, with God twisted awkwardly and reaching for Adam, stretching as far as is possible. Meanwhile, Adam leisurely reaches towards God, his finger is a stretch away from him, but Adam is too relaxed, not really bothered.God is closer than you think.The book goes on to talk about how we can be more aware of God in our daily lives. “Maybe ordinary days aren’t “ordinary” at all, but part of the required course to develop wonder-filled eyes and praise-fluent tongues.” (35)The book finishes, or very close to the end, is this mission statement about how we bring the presence of God to the lives of others, like an expansion on Brother Lawrence's practicing His presence ourselves. This mission statement is so moving and I pray it for my church, and what a world it would be if we all prayed this earnestly and allowed God to work mightily through us.“To identify our neighbours’ greatest needs, and surprise our church into hilarious giving by providing impact-full, totally happenin’ and celebratory opportunities to serve.” (Mission statement, cited 164).This book is genuinely life-changing!

  • Diana Barrick
    2018-12-10 00:30

    Helpful book for me to read over and over because it's important enough that I really get it. Probably a modern take on Brother Lawrence's Practicing the Presence of God, but I haven't read that one yet! I highlighted all over this book. "God paints himself in the depths of our souls- Brother Lawrence." "The decision that makes us disciples is choosing to be always with Jesus so we can learn continually from Jesus how to be fully like him." Ortberg explores salvation, sanctification, the transformation of the mind through Christ, Spiritual disciplines and personalities ( I must be contemplative personality). He finishes with the idea the we should live every moment as citizens of heaven; constantly praying, "God, make up there come down here." I read this on Kindle, READS library book.

  • Buddy Draper
    2018-12-03 05:20

    Ortberg is a great author and I really enjoyed this book. God longs for a relationship with us 13 a deep, growing, intimate relationship and He makes Himself available. A metaphor I understood and enjoyed was thinking of God in terms of the Where 19s Waldo? books. When we first know God He is easy to find. We thoroughly love and thrill at being with Him. The longer we know Him the more He removes those props and we find it more difficult to see Him. After a while, if we aren 19t careful, we 19ll end up bumping along through life without really looking for Him any more. We can see and find God all around us all day long, every day. Ortberg also referred often to Brother Laurence 19s book Practicing the Presence of God in talking about being with God all day every day. Distraction leads to bitterness and burnout.

  • Laurie
    2018-12-08 05:30

    I read this book along with doing a DVD group study with friends from my church. It deals with learning to be able to see and hear God in everyday circumstances. I enjoyed Ortberg's sense of humor and thought that the Where's Waldo analogy was great. I didn't give it 5 stars because I feel that while the author did an interesting and complete job of making his points,he then tended to over-reiterate what he'd already said. It reminded me of trying to make term papers longer when I was in high school without actually adding any new information. Despite that that, it is a quick and enjoyable study for anyone who would like to feel closer to God.

  • Dan Curnutt
    2018-11-16 21:18

    This is a great book for those wanting to learn about "practicing the presence of God". It's a quick and easy read, but if you stop to contemplate what he says you will need to read and re-read and maybe read again.For me the biggest thing to learn was the fact that I have forgotten to look for God in the daily activities and events of my life. God is there, if I care to stop and look for Him.Don't just read this book on your own, get a group together and go through the book together so that you have people to talk with about what you learn and people to hold you accountable for putting this book into action.

  • CC
    2018-12-02 02:06

    This one is more like a 2.5 for me--too much fluff and too little substance. Ortberg shares many, many little stories and insights--too many, in fact--and easily lost my interest. The teaching is Biblical but rather elementary. He seemed to be missing an opportunity to teach his readers a thing or two about the Bible. I simply did not get anything out of this book at all. I had high(ish) expectations and am someone who struggles understanding why God is so hard to find but didn't manage to find any answers whatsoever in this book.

  • Opal Huang
    2018-12-07 21:16

    John Ortberg has been my favourite writers for quite a while now. I have had read his other books and this one definitely lives up to the same standard. I like the way he writes, it's so personal, so real, he doesn't hide the fact that he himself is human too, and has many character flaws, he doesn't put himself as a holy, spotless spiritual leader who only asserts the triumphant stories of christians but neglect the inevitable human failures. This makes it real and convincing to his readers that what he proposed in the book is practical. I would love to read his other books as well.

  • Don Paske
    2018-11-27 23:20

    Another thoughtful book by John Ortberg.

  • Clare Khan
    2018-11-29 04:13

    God IS Closer Than You Think!Do you want to know why there is a small gap between you and God, and how it can be closed?Do you want to know why God is sometimes hidden (but never absent) from you?Do you want to learn how to have a healthy, positive thought life?Do you like authors who are wise, godly, yet also possess a dry sense of humour? if you answered YES to any of these questions, then this book is for you!

  • Lucy Bilik
    2018-12-04 21:07

    This book has really touched me, it is just what I have needed at this point of my life. An amazing book that shows how God is everywhere around us and with us. We sometimes forget how close God is and how He cares what we do and what happens to us. Looking forward to reading more of john Ortbergs books. Hope it'll bring peace, understanding and strong relationship with God to anyone who reads it.

  • Laura
    2018-11-11 00:30

    I am doing this with my church as a bible study. It can only be used as a bible study if you do daily work in the participants guide. If you were just reading the book it would be Book Club level. Easy, light hearted, good. Lots of meat no wasted pages. Makes you sharpen your senses, learn to be still and see God in our daily lives. Good current age read. He is an enjoyable author.

  • Laura
    2018-11-25 03:10

    I enjoy John Ortberg and found this to be a very good and helpful resource. God Is Closer Than You Think provides some thought and practical advice on God being with us in this world -- we don't have to die to find the Kingdom of God. Plan to make this the focus of an upcoming women's retreat. I think it is a phenomenal topic.

  • Jack Kooyman
    2018-11-11 01:05

    This was a great book for me and anyone with a desire to grow closer to God but, for some reason, is not drawn to, familiar with or intimidated by what they know about spiritual practices or disciplines. Ortberg writes in such a clear "down to earth" style about the spiritual life that I understand, relate to, and can apply and practice in my daily life.

  • Sutana Monae
    2018-12-05 22:18

    I'm glad I read this book. I love John Ortberg's voice as a writer, not only is he funny he really conversates with you in his writing. If you are looking to better understand God and how intimate he really is this is a great read... Ive gone through it twice and have found it refreshing both times!

  • Sherri Hayes
    2018-12-05 23:23

    John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors. He always challenges me to go deeper in my relationship with God and others. I enjoy the humor that often makes me laugh out loud and his stories and insights always touch my heart.

  • Kelly Belvis
    2018-11-24 23:26

    Excellent book, a quick read but also worth re-reading. I did much underlining in this book. John Ortberg has a way of making theological concepts completely accessible and also memorable. I appreciate his humor and joy along the way.

  • Claire Burlap
    2018-12-08 00:24

    3.5. Very insightful and provides advice/strategies for seeing God in everyday life that are actually applicable. Not too challenging to read, but also makes you think. Also enjoyed the random bits of humor thrown in.

  • Noelle
    2018-11-11 00:13

    John Ortberg does a fantastic job of explaining that God is right with us...God is not judgmental, aloof and looking down from on high...it's sparked a total paradigm shift for me...I highly recommend it for anyone truly seeking a deeper relationship with God.