We were created for deep connections. When people have deep connections, says John Ortberg, they win in life. When they dont have deep connections, they cannot win in life.
Author: John Ortberg
I’d Like You More If You Were More like Me takes on one of life’s most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people? 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’d Like You More if You Were More like Me 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. 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. An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn’t have to be a cliché, it can be a daily way of life.
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Author: John Ortberg
Publisher: David C Cook
The word intimacy can make any small group a little uncomfortable. In I’d Like You More if You Were More like Me, John Ortberg shows readers that true closeness with others can start with the most mundane, everyday moments of connection and explains why intimacy is not something to fear but something to work toward. With space to jot down reminders, observations, and prayers, this six-session leader connect guide equips the reader to lead a small group through Ortberg’s book and the accompanying DVD. It also encourages leaders with motivating quotes, easy-to-lead discussion questions, and simple exercises to guide a group past awkwardness and on to meaningful relationships.
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Author: John Ortberg
A 5-session journey to discover what it really means to be “saved.” For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we’re waiting for is found in the phrase “eternal life.” But what is eter-nal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In the Eternity Is Now in Session Participant’s Guide, bestselling author John Ortberg takes you on a radical journey of rediscovery, dispelling the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into “eternal living” with God as a here-and-now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth. We can truly know God, experiencing His presence, favor, and resurrection power right here on this earth—in the details, tasks, and challenges of daily, ordinary life. And as we begin to know God this way, we’ll realize each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the eternity we’ve been longing for all along. Note: This is a companion piece to the Eternity Is Now in Session DVD Experience (9781496431684) and John Ortberg’s book Eternity Is Now in Session (9781496431646).
think,in retrospect,that he was so uncomfortable with himself that he had to use some of his patients as a ... When you discover that you're wishing that you were more like me, I'd like you to wish that you were more like you.
Author: Brad Sachs
Publisher: Shambhala Publications
Category: Family & Relationships
When Amanda first came to Dr. Sachs for treatment, she had attempted suicide more than once. Withdrawn and cynical, she refused to speak during her therapy sessions. Determined to connect, Dr. Sachs tried something unconventional: he wrote letters to Amanda between sessions and invited her to write back, thinking she might feel more comfortable opening up in this way—and indeed she did. This correspondence gradually built trust between them, helping her to survive and ultimately to heal. When No One Understands consists of twenty letters that Dr. Sachs wrote to Amanda over the course of her therapy. In these letters, Sachs reaches out to Amanda with the core message that there is nothing wrong with her—that adolescence is painful, complex, and challenging for everyone and that her emotional pain deserves to be honored, openly explored, and viewed with compassion. Dr. Sachs also addresses many of the common questions and concerns shared by all teens on such topics as relationships, breakups, drugs and alcohol, parents, family dynamics, and more. Along the way, Dr. Sachs offers adults an inspiring image of a truly open, human-to-human relationship between an adult and a teenager. Parents, mental health professionals, guidance counselors, educators, and others who work with teens will see how they might also bring honesty, compassion, and humility to bear in their interactions with young people in order to create truly healing and supportive relationships.
It is an outstanding book.” John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church; author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “As a dad of two teenagers, I couldn't wait for this book! The mix of real research and real families makes it ...
Author: Kara Powell
Publisher: Baker Books
Many parents of a teenager or young adult feel as though they're guessing about what to do next--with mixed results. We want to stay connected with our maturing child, but we're not sure how. And deep down, we fear our child doesn't want or need us. Based on brand-new research and interviews with remarkable families, Growing With equips parents to take steps toward their teenagers and young adults in a mutual journey of intentional growth that trusts God to transform them all. By highlighting three groundbreaking family strategies, authors Kara Powell and Steven Argue show parents that it's never too early or too late to - accept the child you have, not the child you wish you had - work toward solutions rather than only identifying problems - develop empathy that nudges rather than judges - fight for your child, not against them - connect your children with a faith and church big enough to handle their doubts and struggles - dive into tough discussions about dating, career, and finances - and unleash your child's passions and talents to change our world For any parent who longs for their kids to keep their roots even as they spread their wings, Growing With offers practical help and hope for the days--and years--ahead.
I can never forget what those middle-of-the-night bouts of numbness felt like. ... 32:24–26) In John Ortberg's book I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me, he writes, “When the struggle is over, Jacob is left with a limp that—as far ...
Author: Annie F. Downs
Publisher: B&H Publishing Group
I know God is loving; I know He is good; I believe He is big and powerful. But sometimes I wonder if He is really kind— really deeply always kind. Is He? Christians love to talk about how God is in control, but that’s harder to grasp when things aren’t going like you thought they would, when your life looks quite different than you imagined. For centuries, God’s people have been building altars to Him—to remind themselves and the people around them of His work. His goodness. His kindness. Stacks of stones. Altars. Temples. Cathedrals. Why? Because they believed God and wanted to remember Him. In the back of my mind, God reminds me that He is the same trustworthy God—the One who always finishes the stories he starts. And this is my story—of wrestling with our God who gives a limp and a blessing. A God who is always kind even when my circumstances feel the opposite. God is who He says He is. He is kinder than you imagine. In a world where it is easy to forget who He is, we will not. We will remember God.
I could even play with Gaby ifI knew how to do that. I did sometimes wish I could do that when I listened to her play. I wished so much I could be more like her,” Paulie proclaimed. “You're much better than me, Paul,” Gaby said.
Author: Rick Kremer
Paulie Weston, a mentally retarded man with a limited ability to speak, is chosen as the subject of a groundbreaking research project. Dr. Pamela Miles has devised a drug cocktail she thinks will give Paulie a brief period of clarity and the ability to communicate. She must act surreptitiously because what she plans is not an approved therapy. Once administered, the drugs give Paulie a voice and transform him into a thoughtful adult with a storehouse of memories. Since the experiment is unsanctioned, Dr. Miles forbids Paulie from seeing or speaking to anyone outside the hospital. Paulie decides he must use the little time he has to somehow find his family. To do that, he must overcome both his own childlike innocence and the outside forces committed to stopping him. His journey is one of reflection and self-discovery. He encounters the good and bad sides of normal life as he struggles to find the people he loves most. Smart Time is a story that will touch and enlighten you as you begin to see inside the workings of a disabled mind.
Read it deeply, ready it twice—but don't read it alone!” —John Ortberg, Senior Pastor of Menlo Church; author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “Christianity was never meant to be a solo-endeavor. In Better Together, Rusty ...
Author: Rusty George
Publisher: Baker Books
Community Is the Surprising Solution to Your Self-Help Needs Exercise. Eat right. Share your faith. Produce fruit for God. Oh, and try to relax. Ever feel like trying to succeed is all about you? Or that trying to "die to yourself" only makes you more self-focused? The Bible certainly has a lot to say about "me," but it has much more to say about "we." In fact, there are over 100 passages in the Bible where the two words "let us" are used. Let us not give up meeting together . . . let us encourage one another . . . let us serve one another. Could it be that the only way to fix "me" is found in "we"? In Better Together, pastor Rusty George teaches how to satisfy your deepest needs through the power of "us." Together we connect with God better. Together we heal better. Together we overcome fears, raise families, fight temptations, and bless the world around us better. Learn how to live in true community to find the fulfillment you've been looking for.
It still stands. As I Recallis a ribbon tied round the fingers of our souls.” John Ortberg, senior pastor at Menlo Church, author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “If you've ever wondered where wonderment comes from, ...
Author: Casey Tygrett
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
According to pastor and spiritual director Casey Tygrett, how we hold and carry our memories—good and bad—is a part of what forms us spiritually. In this way we have a common bond with the people of Scripture who also had a sensory life. In these pages Tygrett explores the power of memory and offers biblical texts and practices to guide us in bringing our memories to God for spiritual transformation.
But she doesn't just define it, she gives us the hope to cope. JOHN ORTBERG Senior pastor of Menlo Church, Menlo Park, California; author of I'd Like You More If You Were More like Me I've known Nicole Unice for nearly a decade, and I ...
Author: Nicole Unice
“It just shouldn’t be this hard!” Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a day where everything that could go wrong does go wrong—you lock your keys in the car while it’s running, lose control with your kids, make a mistake at the office that results in hours more work. And just when you think not one more thing could possibly happen . . . well, fill in the blank. The struggle is real, friends. It may not be major stuff. Lives are not on the line here. But it makes us feel awful . . . and then we feel guilty for stressing when other people have “real” problems that are so much more serious. Yet the fact remains: We live in a world that often feels harder than we think it should be. And so it can be easy to believe the stories we tell ourselves—that we’re doing it wrong, that we’ll be stuck in this place forever, that God doesn’t love us. We struggle to practice gratitude, to make godly choices, and to live our daily lives with confidence and contentment. So what can we do? Join popular Bible teacher and counselor Nicole Unice to discover why the struggle is real . . . and what to do about it. Nicole offers practical tools to help you navigate the daily ups and downs, and ways to rewrite your struggle into a new, God-centered life story. The Struggle Is Real is an invitation to take the hard, hurtful, and confusing moments and turn them into opportunities to grow in wisdom, strength, and joy. Includes access to free online video streaming for 90 days!
—Dr. Ajai Lall, director, Central India Christian Mission Are you tired of small gains through addition? ... —John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church; author, I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me As long as I've known Dave ...
Author: Dave Ferguson
In Hero Maker, you will learn how to bring real change to your church and community by developing the practical skills to help others reach their leadership potential. Drawing on five powerful practices found in the ministry of Jesus, Hero Maker presents the key steps of apprenticeship that will build up other leaders and provide strategies for how you can: activate the gifts of those around you help others take ownership of their mission develop a simple scorecard for measuring your kingdom-building progress With rich insights from the Gospels, Hero Maker is packed with real-life ministry stories ranging from paid staff to volunteer leaders--from established churches to new church plants. Whether you lead ten people or ten thousand, Hero Maker will not only help you maximize your leadership impact; but, in doing so, you will also help shift today's church culture to a model of reproduction and multiplication. Chicago pastor and church planter Dave Ferguson and award-winning writer Warren Bird make a compelling case that God's power and purpose are best revealed when we train and release others to further advance the Kingdom of God. By becoming a hero maker and investing in others, you can join a movement of influencers that are impacting thousands of people around the world. Everybody wants to be a hero, but few understand the power of being a hero maker.
John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, and author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “Close the computer, put down the smartphone, grab a big cup of coffee and start reading this delightful and disorienting book.
Author: Courtney Ellis
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Too much stuff. Too many activities. Too much exhaustion. Too much stress. How can we sift through the busyness, the mess, and the stress to uncover the abundant life God offers? In Uncluttered, one woman shares her journey from a life of stress, stuff, and burnout to one of peace, space, and fulfillment. Youll learn tips for paring down your possessions, simplifying your schedule, and practicing the ancient art of Sabbath. Uncluttered is not a formula about what stuff you need to give up. Its about slowing down long enough for God to remind you of his truth and what it means to be his child. With humor, wit, and wisdom, Courtney Ellis covers topics like: Stuff: Why more is not always better Technology: How to turn off Schedule: How to say no The Secret of Simplicity Sabbath: Receiving the gift of rest Uncluttered Kids: Simple, soulful parenting
—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, Menlo Park, CA, and author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “With raw authenticity and sensitivity, Diane helps me understand the unspoken cries of a special-needs parent, ...
Author: Diane Dokko Kim
Publisher: Hachette UK
When a parent hears that their child has a disability, hearts and hopes are often broken. But faith doesn't have to be. In Unbroken Faith, Dianne Dokko Kim comes alongside you as a fellow special needs parent to help you reconcile the premise of a good God with the devastating realities of raising a disabled child. Kim courageously articulates deep-seated, unspoken doubts and fears you may have but are afraid to voice: Will my child still have a full life? Can I do this? Where is God in all this? As you are adjusting to your new normal, Kim's biblical-based encouragement will help you understand that you are not alone, that God gets it, and that God's Word is entirely relevant to the raw and messy yet hallowed spaces of special needs parenting.
Scot McKnight draws on his learning and his life to help us know better the One who 'transforms and transcends' mere human abilities.” —JOHN ORTBERG, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me ...
Author: Scot McKnight
World-renowned New Testament scholar offers a straightforward examination of what the Bible says about the Holy Spirit. Who exactly is the Holy Spirit? What does he do in our lives? How can we know him more deeply, and is it possible to tap into his power? Should we pray to the Holy Spirit? Is it possible to be aware of his promptings and speaking into our lives? Dr. Scot McKnight answers these questions and more in this comprehensive examination of what the Bible says about this divinely important, but often confusing member of the Trinity. This is the third work in a three-part series examining some of the more mysterious components of the Christian faith. Scot's The Heaven Promise examines the afterlife. The Hum of Angels elucidates the Bible's teaching on God's supernatural messengers and protectors. Now, Open to the Spirit examines the most mysterious member of the Trinity. Scot blogs at Patheos, a large multi-perspective blog format. It serves many influential voices from many faith and non-faith traditions. Scot's blog draws primarily a Christian readership; one that is looking for intellectual engagement and thoughtful analysis of Scripture, Theology, and Culture.
Craig Gay has written a learned and lucid reflection on how it can both help and hinder human flourishing.” John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “One of the most critical ...
Author: Craig M. Gay
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Technology has always shaped human life and our understanding of what it means to be human. But does it actually encourage human flourishing? By exploring the doctrine of the incarnation and what it means for our embodiment, Craig Gay raises concerns about the theological implications of modern technologies and movements such as transhumanism, offering an alternative vision to the path of modern technology.
... The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (2015), Soul Keeping: Caring for the Most Important Part of You (2014), and most recently I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real about ...
Author: Steven L. Porter
Publisher: ACU Press
Because Transformation Is Possible. At a popular level, Dallas Willard wrote with remarkable clarity about spiritual formation. But his writings also addressed academic concerns such as shifts in modern moral philosophy, the nature of education, and the psychology of the human self. Until Christ Is Formed in You brings together ten authors who knew Willard well to introduce his wide-ranging vision and consider again the overall significance of this one-of-a-kind teacher. This collection explores topics including the Beatitudes, the relationship of body and soul, the kingdom of God, discipleship to Jesus, the nature of formation, and Ignatian spirituality. The book begins with a comprehensive overview of Willard's understanding of formation, and it concludes with practical applications of this understanding to the disciplines of psychology and counseling.
“With the depth of a scholar and the posture of a friend, James Bryan Smith offers profound truth we are desperate to ... John Ortberg, senior pastor, Menlo Church, and author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “Too often our ...
Author: James Bryan Smith
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
There is a road to life in the unshakeable kingdom of God, but it's not an easy journey. In this book James Bryan Smith shows us the better road, the road less travelled, but the road full of riches. Along the way he introduces us to new spiritual practices that will provide the sustenance we need for the deepest, most joy-filled journey of our lives—the journey into the heart of God.
—John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church and author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me Loaded with practical insights and encouraging thoughts. Every reader will benefit from Ken's work.
Author: Ken Shigematsu
What keeps us from flourishing in our spiritual lives is a neglect of the inner life of the soul. And more and more today, this neglect is driven by our ambition to accomplish something big outside ourselves. We live in a society that pressures us to achieve professionally, socially, and through the constant acquisition of material possessions. Drawing on a wide range of sources including scripture, church history, psychology, and neuroscience, as well as a rich variety of stories from his own life, Ken Shigematsu demonstrates how the gospel redeems our desires and reorders our lives. He offers fresh perspective on how certain spiritual practices help orient our lives so that our souls can flourish in the midst of a demanding, competitive society. And he concludes with a liberating and counter-cultural definition of true greatness. This book will appeal to anyone who longs to experience a deeper relationship with Christ in the midst of the daily pressures to succeed, as well as to those on the borderlands of faith seeking to transcend the human tendency to define ourselves by our production and success.
... urgency, clarity, and grace” John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Church, author of I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me “In this book you'll find the usual suspects in books Praise for Mere Science and Christian Faith.
Author: Greg Cootsona
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
Emerging adults want to believe that science and faith can coexist peacefully, and Greg Cootsona argues that they can. In his book Mere Science and Christian Faith he holds out a vision for the integration of science and faith and how it can lead us more deeply into the conversations that confront the church today.
John Ortberg, I'd Like You More if You Were More Like Me: Getting Real about Getting Close (Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale, 2017), 242. 7. Shauna Niequist, Present over Perfect: Leaving Behind Frantic for a Simpler, More Soulful Way of ...
Author: Bob Merritt
Publisher: David C Cook
The Bible says the old life is gone and the new life has come (see 2 Cor. 5:17). But we still sin; still get angry, arrogant, and greedy. Sin destroys everything in its path, yet it’s also kind of fun and quite compelling. It often has us holding on to parts of the old life instead of embracing the new life we’ve been promised. In Done with That, Pastor Bob Merritt exposes the inner battle we all fight with sin. He exposes the cycle of failure and loss and shows readers that no matter how many setbacks they’ve experienced, there is a way to enjoy a new and better life in Christ.