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God Is Closer Than You Think: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where You Can Meet God

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What Are You Waiting For?

Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That’s what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn’t for monks and ascetics. It’s for business people, high school students, busy moms, s
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published March 17th 2005 by Zondervan (first published March 15th 2005)
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Josh Miller
Dec 07, 2014 Josh Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 w
Jul 06, 2009 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, read-2009
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 ch
Mar 13, 2007 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: pastorsshelf
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" ...more
Jennifer Daniel
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.
David 'Wavey' Cowpar

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 leisure
Buddy Draper
Apr 10, 2016 Buddy Draper rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Diana Barrick
Jan 27, 2016 Diana Barrick rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 transfo ...more
Kelly Belvis
Mar 28, 2014 Kelly Belvis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 21, 2016 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a pretty good book. I tell people that if you ever find yourself in a situation where you don't have a pastor then you should read some John Ortberg. He'll be your pastor.
Nov 09, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 sc ...more
Andy Daugherty
Sep 12, 2015 Andy Daugherty rated it it was amazing
Absolutely FANTASTIC book! This book helped me go deeper into the concept of God's presence and introduced me to the writings of Brother Lawrence.
Dan Curnutt
Apr 29, 2008 Dan Curnutt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 21, 2015 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First class book really explaining that it is not just a case of God coming to us but of us finding our way to God.
Opal Huang
Sep 07, 2009 Opal Huang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 tha ...more
Irina T
Feb 18, 2016 Irina T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Touching and heart-warming! I highly recommend it!
Bob Koo
May 31, 2016 Bob Koo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ministry
Ortberg does it again! Great read.
Feb 19, 2016 Jt added it
always fun to read ortberg
Dec 22, 2015 Shannon rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
I actually liked this one better than the classic The Practice of the Presence of God, which covers the same topic. I found it more practical for contemporary life.
May 17, 2015 Jon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've always enjoyed Ortberg's style, but this book spoke directly to me and has found its way onto my list of books I will read multiple times and will use as a continual reference.
Lucy Bilik
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.
Mar 29, 2011 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laura by: Sue Hubbard
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.
Jack Kooyman
May 11, 2012 Jack Kooyman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 20, 2009 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always witty and full of understated wisdom, you can’t go wrong with Ortberg. This book doesn’t disappoint. Rich insights into living in daily interaction with God, practicing his presence, connecting with him in both the big moments and the mundane. Highly recommended!
Noelle McCoy
Apr 01, 2013 Noelle McCoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
John Ortberg does a fantastic job of explaining that God is right with us...God is not judgmental, aloof and looking down from on's sparked a total paradigm shift for me...I highly recommend it for anyone truly seeking a deeper relationship with God.
Becky Morlok
Oct 27, 2013 Becky Morlok rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an Ortberg fan. His book, If You Want to Walk on still in my Top 5. I love the way he views his life through faith and the useful tools he gives his readers. Our Sunday School class completed this study this month - a real blessing!
The Book Man
~ “God’s silence does not mean his absence.”

~ “There is no greater expression of LOVE than a freely submitted will. As you wish.” ;)

The theme tells it all. Indeed the Lord is closer than we think He is. John uses some very amazing illustrations that helps the reader come into terms with the Lord's ever present company of love and life.
Jackie Wolfred
I am sure this is a good book, as the author is outstanding. However, what I did read seemed so elementary that I just couldn't get into it.

So, off my 'reading' list.
Jan 02, 2011 Bobbi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am reading this book to a blind woman who is auditing a class and needs to hear the information in the chapters. I just started so I don't know what I think at this point.
Good book. Ortberg made a couple points that I still remember years after having read it. Much of the material is cited from other people, but still value in that.
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“The greatest moment of your life is now.
Not because it's pleasant or happy or easy, but because this moment is the only moment you've got. Every past moment is irretrievably gone. It's never coming back. If you live there, you lose your life.
And the future is always out there somewhere. You can spend an eternity waiting for tomorrow, or worrying about tomorrow. If you live there, you likewise will lose your life.
This moment is God's irreplaceable gift to you.”
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