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John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You've Always Wanted; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

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Soul Keeping: Caring For the Most Important Part of You
by John Ortberg
The soul is NOT "a theological and abstract subject." The soul is the coolest, eeriest, most mysterious, evocative, crucial, sacred, eternal, life-directing, fragile, indestructible, controversial, expensive dimension of your existence. Jesus said it’s worth more than the world. You'd be an idiot not to prize it above all else....
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All the Places to Go . . . How Will You Know?: God Has Placed before You an Open Door. What Will You Do?
by John Ortberg
2016 Christian Book Award finalist (Nonfiction category) Very rarely in the Bible does God command someone to “Stay.” He opens a door, and then he invites us to walk through it—into the unknown. And how we choose to respond will ultimately determine the life we will lead and the person we will become. In fact, to fail to embrace...
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If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat
by John Ortberg
Winner of the 2002 Christianity Today Book Award! You’re One Step Away from the Adventure of Your Life. Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, "Come"? John Ortberg invites you to consider the...
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Who Is This Man?: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
by John Ortberg
Jesus' impact on our world is highly unlikely, widely inescapable, largely unknown, and decidedly double-edged. It is unlikely in light of the severe limitations of his earthly life; it is inescapable because of the range of impact; it is unknown because history doesn't connect dots; and it is doubled-edged because his followers have...
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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...
by John Ortberg
There are two works of art that help me think about the presence of God. The first is the painting of God on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Apparently one of the messages that Michelangelo wanted to convey is God’s great desire to reach out to and be with the person he has created. If you look carefully at the painting, you notice...
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The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People
by John Ortberg
In the six-session small group Bible study,  The Life You’ve Always Wanted , John Ortberg guides you and your group through the spiritual disciplines and teaches you how they can transform your spiritual life. What does true spiritual life really look like? And what keeps you from living it? What can you do to pursue it? If...
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When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box
by John Ortberg
Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set. It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you “own” the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted...
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Love Beyond Reason
by John Ortberg
How Do You Explain a Love That Has No Explanation? What will happen if you let it touch your heart? God loves you not because you are flawless, not because you are a perfect person, but just because you are. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his...
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The Me I Want to Be, Teen Edition: Becoming God's Best Version of You
by John Ortberg
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...
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Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them
by John Ortberg
Normal? Who’s Normal? Not you, that’s for sure! No one you’ve ever met, either. None of us are normal according to God’s definition, and the closer we get to each other, the plainer that becomes. Yet for all our quirks, sins, and jagged edges, we need each other. Community is more than just a word—it is one of our most...
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Faith and Doubt
by John Ortberg
What if the most important word is the one in the middle? We often think of doubt as the opposite of faith, but could it actually strengthen our relationship with God? According to John Ortberg, best-selling author and pastor, the very nature of faith requires the presence of uncertainty. In this refreshingly candid look at a life of...
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Who Is This Child?: From Common Babe to King of Kings
by John Ortberg
The child in Bethlehem would grow up to be a friend of sinners, not a friend of Rome. He would spend his life with the ordinary and the unimpressive. He would pay deep attention to lepers and cripples, to the blind and the beggar, to prostitutes and fishermen, to women and children. He would announce the availability of a kingdom...
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Who Is This Man? Study Guide: The Unpredictable Impact of the Inescapable Jesus
by John Ortberg
In this six-session study, pastor and bestselling author John Ortberg helps us see how Jesus has impacted the world like no other person in history and why it makes a difference in our everyday life. Who is Jesus? He is the hinge of history. He is the hope of the oppressed. He is the inspiration of the despairing. He is the King of...
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If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat Participant's Guide: A 6-Session Journey on Learning to...
by Zondervan
In this six-session study pastor and author John Ortberg teaches people how to trust God more fully. Using testimonial interviews to illustrate his talks, Ortberg teaches participants the skills essential for “water-walking” in faith with God. Designed for use with the video.
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The Life You've Always Wanted Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Groupware)
by Zondervan
In the six-session small group Bible study,  The Life You’ve Always Wanted , John Ortberg guides you and your group through the spiritual disciplines and teaches you how they can transform your spiritual life. What does true spiritual life really look like? And what keeps you from living it? What can you do to pursue it? If...
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1 and 2 Samuel: Growing a Heart for God (New Community Bible Study Series)
by John Ortberg
Written by the dynamic leaders of church ministry across the country, this series explores life-changing topics from a biblical perspective. New Community guides don’t force small groups to choose between Bible study and building community. Just the opposite. Each study delves deeply into Scripture in a way that strengthens...
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You Can't Take It with You
by John Ortberg
We all have stuff—and stuff is important. Our homes, jobs, hobbies, wardrobe, and toys make this life more enjoyable. But if our entire perspective is colored by our “things” we lose sight of the temporal nature of all that we have. This easy-to-read gift book leads the reader to consider what’s ultimately important and...
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Grace: An Invitation to a Way of Life (Pursuing Spiritual Transformation)
by John Ortberg
Many Christians have an easier time being saved by grace than they do living in grace every day. But grace is at the center of the life God calls us to--and reflects the heart of the One who calls. These studies in Grace will help you make the connection between grace as a remote biblical concept and grace as a lifestyle--a reality you...
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Daniel: Pursuing Integrity (New Community Bible Study Series)
by John Ortberg
Stand Strong in Life’s Furnaces How do you respond when the bottom drops out? What happens to your character quotient when things don’t go the way you planned? How do you react when the temperature is rising, you are under attack, and God seems far away? Daniel discovered that the furnace experiences of life refine and define us....
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Overcoming Your Shadow Mission (Leadership Library)
by John Ortberg
The challenges, isolation, and relentless demands of leadership can inspire a variety of fears in the heart of a leader; among them fear of failure, fear of mutiny, fear of criticism, fear of disappointing people. However, the greatest fear leaders face is not something that might happen to them, but something that can happen in them—a...
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Exodus: Journey Toward God (New Community Bible Study Series)
by John Ortberg
Consult the compass for the journey of your life. Life as a Christian is a journey -- a journey toward God. But how do you set your compass? How do you make sure that God is guiding your steps and that you are not being blown willy-nilly by life's shifting winds of circumstance? Turn to the book of Exodus and discover guidance and joy...
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La fe y la duda (Spanish Edition)
by John Ortberg
A menudo pensamos que la duda es lo opuesto de la fe, pero ¿pudiera en realidad fortalecer nuestra relación con Dios? Según John Ortberg, autor de éxitos de librería y pastor, la misma naturaleza de la fe requiere la presencia de la incertidumbre. En este vistazo refrescantemente cándido a la vida de la fe, el autor traza una...
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Un amor más allá de la razón: Traslade el amor de Dios de su mente a su corazón (Spanish Edition)
by John Ortberg
¿CÓMO EXPLICAR UN AMOR QUE NO TIENE EXPLICACIÓN? ¿Qué sucederá si dejas que este amor conmueva tu corazón? Descubra al Dios que siempre ha deseado encontrar: un Padre que le ama y que está comprometido con su mayor felicidad. En su mundo que llora por ser amado, ¿ha sido impactado por el amor de Dios? En su interior, ¿aún...
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Look Through God-Colored Glasses: This Can Be the Greatest Moment of Your Life Because This Moment Is the Place Where...
by John Ortberg
It’s easy to recognize God in a church service or while attending a wedding or a funeral. But it’s easy to forget about Him in the busyness of our daily lives. This gift book encourages the reader to notice God in the everyday happenings around us. Whether it’s a smile from a co-worker, the love of a spouse, the sound of the...
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2 Corinthians: Serving from the Heart (New Community Bible Study Series)
by John Ortberg
Extend the Compassion and Grace of Jesus Jesus came to serve, sacrifice, and die. His humble lifestyle flies in the face of the conventional wisdom of a society that is fixated on getting more and scraping our way to the top. Not only did the Savior model a life of extraordinary service, he called his followers to join him in this...
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Now What?: God's Guide to Life for Graduates
by John Ortberg
John Ortberg speaks with humor, insight, and wisdom to graduates facing the work world or pursuing additional education. John gave us access to the Willow Creek archives to find new, previously unpublished material that will speak specifically to this target audience.
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What Is God's Will for My Life?
by John Ortberg
Let’s face it: making decisions is hard—especially when it comes to the big stuff like, Should I marry this person? Am I in the wrong job? What should I do with my life? We know that God has a plan for us, but how are we supposed to know what that plan is?In What Is God’s Will for My Life?, bestselling author John Ortberg helps us...
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The Lord's Prayer: Praying with Power (New Community Bible Study Series)
by John Ortberg
Learn to Pray with the Master If you could ask the first disciples, “What was the Savior’s secret to living in alignment with the Father’s will and with power to face life’s challenges,” they would have answered with one word, “Prayer!” As we learn to talk with the Father, we grow strong in faith and obedience. The...
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Your Magnificent Chooser: Teaching Kids to Make Godly Choices
by John Ortberg
We all have choices to make every day, even the youngest children. The choices we make play a large part in forming who we grow to be as adults. For kids, those choices can include whether to be obedient or disobedient, to share or be selfish, to have a good attitude or not, and more. John Ortberg addresses the ability to choose in a...
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Know Doubt: Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith
by John Ortberg
In this refreshingly candid look at what it takes to live a life of faith, John Ortberg takes an honest look at the misgivings and uncertainties that often shake our beliefs as we navigate through the highs and lows of life. Reflecting on his own bouts with doubt and uncertainty, Ortberg shares with readers his discovery that...
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You Have a Soul: It Weighs Nothing but Means Everything
by John Ortberg
Jesus said the soul is worth more than the world.  The soul is the key to our lives, binding our heart, our mind, and our spirit together.  Shouldn't you get pretty clear on exactly what the soul is? And how to care for it? Taken from John Ortberg’s book Soul Keeping, this booklet reveals what the soul’s greatest need is, now and...
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I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real about Getting Close
by 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...
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Categories: All Religion & Spirituality
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