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The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You

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Reading The Me I Want to Be is your first step to becoming God’s best version of you. Join bestselling author and pastor John Ortberg as he guides you through the sometimes difficult but ultimately fulfilling journey towards a uniquely created spirituality. One designed just for you … one that will enable you to experience God more fully each day. Available in four unique ...more
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published December 26th 2009 by Zondervan (first published December 4th 2009)
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Jan 04, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adulthood
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
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
John Ortberg is an amazing writer. His heart for God and knowledge of the Word is evident on every page of his books. This particular volume was very inspiring and challenging.
Jun 13, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a wonderful book. I hadn’t yet read anything by Ortberg, but my church frequently uses his quotes, and our former senior pastor (who is now retired), once told us we should read all of his books, because they’re just so good (he mentioned John Eldredge too, and I’ve read a couple of his books and he’s also great).

I was worried this would be a book of “shoulds”. You “should” do this, you “should” do that, and then you’ll be better. But it’s just the opposite. Ortberg shows how God m
Shell Belle
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Farah Hany
Sep 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Aug 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: faith
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
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Laura Smith
Aug 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The day I finished this book I turned to page one and started all over again. This is a book to read in small bites, not to gobble all at once. There is so much to digest. It doesn't matter how many days it sits on my shelf, whenever I reopen this book, there is something that speaks to me - a lesson waiting - it seems - just for me. But when I start chatting about striving to be the best me God created me to be with friends, I find Ortberg's message is for everyone. God created you as a beautif ...more
Susan Barnes
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
The premise for John Ortberg’s book, The Me I Want to Be : becoming God’s best version of me, is that the most important task of your life is not what you do, but who you become. God is in the business of making us the best version of ourselves. Ephesians 2:10 tells us, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are not our handiwork; our lives are not our projects. We are to become the person God had in mind when he cre ...more
I am a big fan of John Ortberg, and this book is another reason why. In this book, he applies biblical knowledge to everyday situations and challenges. Becoming the best "you" you can be is God's plan for you, and following these principles will bring tremendously more peace, harmony and happiness to your life and relationships. He is equal parts intelligent, charming and winsome. He does not dumb down or simplify the themes, but illustrates them in a way that makes you understand how profound a ...more
This book is amazing. It's become an annual read for me. ...more
Julie Yashur
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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"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
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Robert Reed
Sep 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ortberg has a wonderful writing style that is very readable and relatable. He can take a normal story about boarding an airplane and turn it into a vivid illustration with a spiritual application for your life. His books have notoriously cheesy titles that might be off putting for some, but the content is top shelf Brie.

I picked up this book in March and it just didn’t resonate with me, so I paused after a few chapters. I wasn’t in the best frame of mind, it was the early days of COVID-19, and
Sep 08, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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. ...more
Jun 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
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!
Mar 09, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: inspirational
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". ...more
Magda David
Jan 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was one of the best books I have ever read.
Mar 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I am so old school. A pastor doing yoga? A pastor saying it's okay not to go to church? Thought experiments? ("Try imagining not being afraid anymore.") And this, "If you believe in God then you have already begun to pray...because believing in God means believing that he is always present." I am not sure how that works.

In one chapter, Ortberg treats spiritual growth. Ortberg describes it this way, "Spiritual disciplines are simply an activity you engage in to be made more fully alive by the Sp
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: self-help, christian, 2017
I wouldn't call this book a life-changer but it's definitely one I will continue to reference. The Me I Want To Be is a book about you. God calls us to be the person He has made us to be. Everyone has skills, abilities, and dreams. This books explores ways to find those hidden deep inside to shape us into a better version of ourselves.

This book started transforming my thinking from the first chapter as it talked about abandoning the dreams that were hindering my growth. The author gives a great
Lorra Dailey
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Who do you want to be? A scientist? A chef? A writer? No. Let’s think a little deeper. Do you want to be kind? Or Honest? Ambitious? I ask you again, who do you want to be? All of these questions were brought to me by the book “The me I want to be”. This book is written by John Ortberg. The book is non-fiction and is biblically driven. It focuses on students my age to help them discover who they are currently and who they want to be. I was very excited to start reading this book. However, I woul ...more
Oct 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I appreciate Ortberg’s fun & engaging style, but sometimes it felt forced or flippant. I think I’ll be buying this book for a friend who is always in his head, overthinking his every step, and is very hard on himself for not living up to Christian norms. I think it will be helpful for him to hear some things differently and dive into some new insights on spiritual formation in an easy way.

The title probably sums up this book best. (It was honestly hard for me to get past it.) To me, the title f
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book changed my life! It taught me so much about connecting with God and worshipping Him in my own ways, being myself, but also about surrender. It gave me a great joy of life as well, a feeling of purpose... Too much to sum it all up, but I'd say it's a must read for every christian who truly wants to walk with God! By the way, it's really not a "scary" or "judging" book, but it opens your eyes in a fun, engaging, challenging way. It's a very easy and pleasant read. One of the best books I ...more
R. Douglas
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
The me I want to be by John Ortberg is about how to get in the "flow" with the holy spirit. Ortberg concludes that when a person is in the flow with the holy spirit then you are the best version of yourself. I found this book to be good, not as great as soul keepers but probably the 2nd best of the four of his books that I have read. I would recommend this to Christians that are looking for some "self/God help". ...more
Adriary Ortiz
Jan 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I’m writing this review because today I was reading my 2017 journal I wrote a lot about this book and how liberating it was. I think it was the last Christian book I read and I will keep it that way 😂 I highly recommend it especially if you experienced a toxic religious background. It helped me a lot to have an honest version of what a path of faith with God means. This was the very first book that welcomed the most liberating version of myself🤍 and I'm grateful for that. ...more
Josh Morgan
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really good book with a really bad title. I enjoyed Ortberg's walk through what it takes to live a good life and how the good news of God's Kingdom makes that possible here and now. I find Ortberg like an easier to read version of Dallas Willard, probably because they had such a close friendship and Willard influenced him in so many ways. I really do think the title is terrible though. ...more
Matthew Hall
Mar 19, 2019 rated it liked it
John Orthberg has written a wonderful book to challenge other to be God’s best version of you. To me this was an average book for most of the book till I got into the last few chapters. I must say my favorite and most encouraging chapter was the last chapter where he challenges you to take the mountain.
Ken Grant
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well written and practical. Walks the reader through the truth that we can only be our best when we commit to God's version of our best and not our own. By grabbing this truth, the author shows how our attitude regarding the challenges of life will change as we see them as tools through which God makes us more like what He has made us to be. ...more
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