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The Me I Want to be Becoming God's Best Version of You by Ortberg, John Dec-04-2009 Paperback

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This softcover version of 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 s ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published December 4th 2009 by Zondervan
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Drew
It was hard to get over the title. Really hard.

But I could definitely see the book as a helpful primer for the Evangelical, wary of tradition, to come in contact with a few new (actually old) ideas. It's almost like Ortberg is making an attempt at spiritual direction, in the traditional sense, through the written word. Not ultimately surprising, considering the book I've read by him, The Life You've Always Wanted, is about the disciplines of the Faith.

In some ways, although Ortberg's humor is
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Shell Belle
Fabulous book. I can't express how wonderful and useful it has been to me! The ME I Want to Be is a fresh look on all the aspects of Christian life, with the basis that God needs to change our hearts first to work through our outer lives. It's such a great message, because so many books today are focused on fixing our ACTIONS, rather than getting to the heart of the problem. Ortberg provides many specific points about living the Christian life, but he makes it very clear that to truly be change ...more
Julie
Forgive the cheeseball-title, and this is a wonderful book. I read this book over a couple of weeks, just a chapter or two a night, and it gave me something uplifting, inspiring, and calming to enjoy as I went to sleep. So many books in this genre are much too preachy, or their biblical interpretations end up being very skewed, or too desert-dry to get past the first page. Not "Me". Here are a few of my favorite quotes: "You are not your handiwork; your life is not your project. Your life is God ...more
Jennannej
"Ironically, becoming this person will never happen if my primary focus is on me, just as no one becomes happy if their main goal is to be happy. God made you to flourish, but flourishing never happens by looking out for "number one." It is tied to a grander and nobler vision. The world badly needs wise and flourishing human beings, and we are called to bring God's wisdom and glory to the world. The truth is, those who flourish always bring blessing to others -- and they can do so in the most un ...more
Allan
I have read this in small chunks over a number of months, as a kind of devotional book. This has helped me to absorb the different points John Ortberg makes along the way. I found quite a few gems in here- I really liked his take on "surrender" - the one decision that really helps. "I do not have to control the outcomes of my life- there is a God, it is not me!" And the next chapter on "trying softer" was also very thought-provoking: "Faith does not need to push the river because faith is able t ...more
Jim Ainsworth
I liked Ortberg’s style of writing from the beginning. He’s easy to follow. I really got into the book in chapter three titled Discover the Flow. I have been reading about flow for decades and made it the theme for four of my novels.

I really started nodding my head in agreement when I read the story of one of the world’s greatest violinists playing unannounced in a metro station in Washington, DC. He played six of his most beautiful songs on a violin worth several million dollars, but hardly an
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Bruce
I wish I could give this book more stars. There are few books that I consider as having significantly impacted my faith: Tozer's "Pursuit of God", Nee's "The Spiritual Man", Murray's "Abiding in the Vine" and Dallas Willard's "Divine Conspiracy" are a few. To this list I add this book and place it near the top. This is simply an amazing book on how to allow the work of the Holy Spirit transform your life.

I've read all of Ortberg's book and have enjoyed them all. What I really liked about this on
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Farah Hany
Every time I picked up from where I left off, I somehow always found the answer to a question that's been lingering in my mind for days. It's weird. This book has some really insightful thoughts into the patterns we take regarding our spirituality, and ways to get back into 'the flow'. I especially loved and learned a lot from the chapter on "trying softer". I'd totally recommend this book to anyone at a spiritual plateau or stuck with a disintegrated approach.
Cindy
Not what I expected. This is a new view on Christianity and our calling and walk with Christ. There are new idea's and new inspiration for the traveled Christian. I am pleased with this book and the format of communication the author used to illustrate his thoughts about the Me I want to Be. I like the challenge, "Ask for a Mountain" and I like how the author continued to place scripture to reinforce his ideas. A must read for Christians.
Magda David
This was one of the best books I have ever read.
Greg Stadter
A great well-balanced book on who Christ has made you and wired you specifically to be. I feel like this is particularly a great book for high school and college students as you go through key decision points in life. You were made special and different on purpose and the best you exists wrapped in the arms of Christ.

Please excuse the cheesy title!
Julie
It's hard to keep up with John as he reads this book at such a brisk pace! My favorite quote is: "Nothing offered in love is ever lost" - I will be thinking about that for some time. What I like most about John's books is that they give you hope & leave you feeling "I can, I know I can".
Nicole
If you are somewhat of a personality profile geek like I am, I think you'll really enjoy this book. If you've taken spiritual gifts inventories and still wonder what God is asking you to do in His kingdom, this may be something that can help you out. Hint: You can start by looking at yourself, but you can't stop there and eventually you need to give that up altogether.

I love Ortberg's books. He has a very conversational tone and addresses all manner of subjects - from more light-hearted to chall
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Dan Archer
It's hard to know where to start with this book. Clearly, this book is intended for those who are seeking to change something in themselves as they learn more of God. As such, those that read it probably already haver an expectation of what they want to get out of it. That was certainly my position.

I've been trying to really cement a strong understanding of my identity, so this book started at the perfect place for me, it discusses the issues of identity and in the first couple of chapters reall
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Jessica
Apr 08, 2011 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: Bobby
[Listened to the audiobook.] I was a bit put off by the title because I hate Christian books that are really soft on sin or truth and too focused on making the reader feel good rather than helping the reader to grow. But I trusted that John Ortberg would not write a book like that based on previous good things I've heard about him and knowing that people that I respect respect him. This was my first Ortberg book, so I can't speak to the reviews that say that the ideas in this book are similar to ...more
Nicole
This was a FABULOUS book! I highly recommend it. This is the first John Ortberg book I have read, and I would not hesitate to pick up another. I have to be honest; I am leery of a lot of Christian “self-help” books. I guess I am skeptical because I am cautious about who I allow, and what I want to shape my life. Not every Christian who writes do I allow that influence – and I think that to be wise.

This book is really about showing you tools to help you discover or better discover “who” God crea
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Shawna
I LOVE this book.

This book helps you realize that you were purposely and uniquely created by God. God wants us to be the people he created us to be. Therefore we should seek to be the man or woman we were designed to be. Since we are all uniquely different, there are different things we can do to grow spiritually. There is no formula to spiritual growth. We need to identify the unique characteristics, gifts, learning styles, etc God has given us in order to grow to our fullest potential.

Some f
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Sarah
I was supposed to read this book a year and a half ago or so as part of a spiritual discipleship/church internship experience. Unfortunately, life got busy and I never made it past page 30. Let me tell you - I am so glad I picked this book up again and finally finished it! Perhaps now is the exact time I was meant to read through it anyhow. Initially, I thought the book would be another one of the cheesy Christian books encouraging you to be just who God made you to be because you're great! The ...more
Trevor Lloyd
Great little book that loses its way at times with so many of this preachers stories and illustrations. Sometimes it can be superficial theologically and spiritually (he's no Dallas Willard) but he is very accessible and honest, and so I am really challenged by his fundamental point about we either flourish or languish and it is all dependent about whether we get the roots of our life into the flow of the river of the Spirit. This is a good emphasis rather than just coming up with a list of spir ...more
Eric Reidsma
Great book whether your life is going great or not. Freeing and encouraging it’s full of great biblical teaching and perspective. It covers a large range of life issues from worry too difficult people. I found it easy to relate to with comments like “call on-belay to God” and it opened my mind to what not to be and things we believe that aren’t biblical.
Jeff
"When heaven is about to confer a great responsibility on any man, it will exercise his mind with suffering...place obstacles in the path of his deeds, so as to stimulate his mind, harden his nature, and improve wherever he is incompetent.: - Meng Tzu.

"The ought of Jesus' message is mainly an ought of opportunity."

"Spiritual growth is hand-crafted, not mass-produced. God does not do 'one size fits all.'"

"God wants to redeem you, not exchange you."

"When you flourish, you become more you. You be
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Kristi
I didn't always connect with this book, and often felt it was lacking in depth. The language of "flow" as synonymous with being under the guidance of the Holy Spirit was also an adjustment; I felt as though John Ortberg was just another author creating terminology when new terminology was unnecessary. (akin to John Piper with Piper's language of "Christian hedonism.")
However, with that said, I found part 2 on the life of the mind the best section this book had to offer. This could have been due
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Bayta
Great foundational stuff!
Ortberg covers a lot of ground in this. There is good foundational, biblical teaching. Not super deep, maybe, but then that's not the aim of this book. It provides a good overview on topics like identity, spiritual growth, relationships, dealing with struggles and challenges, etc.
At the same time, this book is super practical, providing lots of ideas, suggestions, first steps, etc for applying these truths to your own life.
There is encouragement and challenge in equal me
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Karen
I don't think I have been so disappointed by a book for a long time. There are one or two parts of this which are worth holding on to but on the whole this is a too-simple 'self-help' book for evangelical Christians who want to be told how great they are, and how everything about them and what they do can be turned round to make it sound like God is totally backing them too - racing fast cars, spending every waking hour on your job, loving every mouthful that passes your lips etc. etc. If you've ...more
Oliver Pierce
Even though I wasn't very impressed with it, I give this book 3 stars because there were some really good insights in the book. Lots of things I highlighted. Overall I did not really like the author's style. It was too gimmicky or glib at times.Other times it seemed like a copy and paste of lots of good ideas that weren't actually the authors. (He has a lot of quotes in the book) Overall, it seemed to be trying to be very deep but it wasn't as deep as it thought it was. My favorite chapters were ...more
Renee  Daniel Flagler
This book had changed my perspective on life, helped me understand what worship really is, and propelled me towards pursuing the best me there is. I'm getting to know 'me' all over again.
Kelly Schulz
A favorite author ...
Had trouble with the title until I got over myself -literally!
Few books have fed my soul on Jesus the way this one did!!!
Daniel
A pretty good book from Ortberg. I wouldn't say it is his best, nor my favorite of his. I love his practical, pastoral style of writing that allows his personality to come through. I found his chapters on vocation the weakest and the one's I was most likely to agree with. But, in general, a worthwhile read about living in the Spirit and pursuing God's purposes for our lives. This sentence from the conclusion sums up his purpose in the book:

"Your deepest longing should be to be alive with God, to
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Keith
I am not so sure God wants me to be the best version of me I can be so I can be happy... I believe we are called to find joy in the midst of difficulties and trials as well as strive for holiness.

This book could be summed up in two verses...

Rom 12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.
Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of y
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Aarti Royan
A fabulous read ! Has really helped me put my potential and motives to perspective! Highly recommended ..
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