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4.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 54.09 out of 5 4.09 (45 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Ortberg Narrator: John Ortberg Publisher: HarperCollins Christian Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2009 ISBN: 9780310572466
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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 spiritual growth seem so difficult? John Ortberg has some intriguing answers to that question, and he has organized his thoughts and God's words into a straightforward and timely guide for living your best life in The Me I Want to Be. This book will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise. All those who trust in God "will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8). Ortberg urges you to recognize your brokenness, understand that God is the project manager, and follow His directions. The author first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers—pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin—to flourish even in a dark and broken world. As you start living in the flow, you will feel: — a deeper connection with God — a growing sense of joy — an honest recognition of your brokenness — less fear, more trust — a growing sense of being “rooted in love” — a deeper sense of purpose God invites you to join Him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept His invitation. Download and start listening now!

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim Roots | 2/14/2014

    " good read -- especially with a group or partner to extend the conversation. Ortberg isn't new to this game and here he flexes the opportunity to accentuate the positive. it can be life changing but more of a self-realization than a change book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janice | 2/7/2014

    " I love the way John Ortberg writes! He's such a story teller, and concepts easy to understand by giving concrete examples. Want to be come the person God would have you to be? Read this book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 2/4/2014

    " Excellent. John Ortberg at his best, encouraging Christians - new or old - to be the best version of themselves rather than trying to live up to anyone else's ideals. Sections on finding our identity, redeeming our time, transforming our experience, and more. Personal anecdotes enliven the text, and my only minor criticism is the rather tatty looking diagrams that were a mixture of computer-generated and (apparently) badly hand-drawn. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Melissa Lindsey | 1/22/2014

    " I just can't seem to connect with Ortberg. I'm reading this with a group and find that the book does not lend itself to deep conversations. I'm Skimming the remaining chapters before group each week, and then will donate the book. This keeps happening with me and Ortberg, so I should have known better. There is just something about the way he handles his subject matter that bugs me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shiala | 1/17/2014

    " A very inspiring book, which is definitely worth a second read in order to truly benefit the authors wisdom! This is the first time I have read John O's books so was really impressed with his style of writing. Would definitely recommend this & him to family and friends! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason Haynes | 1/12/2014

    " Although I am not a fan of the "Osteen - ish" title this is a tremendous survey of what it means to live "life to the full" - John 10:10. Ortberg covers a lot of ground in showing us what true human flourishing looks like. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 CB | 1/4/2014

    " This started out a lot stronger than it finished, which is always a disappointment for me. The first half (give or take) was steeped in philosophy and filled with echoes of C.S. Lewis. As it progresses, though, the book becomes more of a checklist on how to be a Christian. The sections become shorter and Ortberg loses the excellent flow he showed early on. He makes good, thought-provoking points throughout, but the drop off in writing made it hard for me to finish. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christian Painter | 12/29/2013

    " One of the best books I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy Graham | 12/27/2013

    " Brilliant! A fun and deeply thought-provoking invitation to a deeper spiritual life. Dispels stale notions and invigorates the reader with a broader understanding of the Life With God. An engaging, readable and more accessible version of my D.Min. thesis! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan | 12/7/2013

    " I love John Ortberg. Could definitely read this again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 11/15/2013

    " Appreciated his openness about his struggles. Ortberg always has a good balance of depth & the practical. Highly recommend this book as a small group resource as well as a personal read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 11/7/2013

    " I'm always blessed when I read John Ortberg, and in this book he's even better than usual. With a strong emphasis on grace's ongoing work in the life of the believer, Ortberg writes compellingly of the freedom that comes with seeking God to bring transformation in our lives. Highly recommended! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/6/2013

    " Fantastic book on how to become the unique you God intended, and not feel guilty about not being like others! We are all unique so we can all come to God differently. Loved it! So excited John Ortberg will be at Leadership Summit this year! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 11/4/2013

    " Excellent, excellent book with practical ideas for being all God wants me to b "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 10/30/2013

    " Practical, helpful and encouraging. I am sure that I will be going back to this book several times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 10/24/2013

    " Takes some of the mystery out of spiritual growth. Life is not about what you do, but about who you become. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy Young | 10/13/2013

    " I like his style -- reference he has the gift of pouting and exercises it ... I fear I do too :(! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anastasia Tuckness | 7/31/2013

    " Ortberg has a lot of great ideas about how to live the Christian life and I find his perspective refreshing. I have set this book down for now but I pick it up occasionally for inspiration. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 6/22/2013

    " One of my favorite Books of 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angie | 5/29/2013

    " Ortberg is challenging his readers to figure out what makes them tick and to use those traits to serve God more fully. Coincidentally, the sermon at church today mirrored a lot of his thoughts; and you know what they say about coincidences. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claudia Lee | 3/31/2013

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Ortberg has the gift of presenting profound spiritual concepts in accessible terms. His book is a description of life lived in the Spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/14/2013

    " The title makes it seem like it would be a bit hokey and self-help focused but this is a great book dealing with the Holy Spirit's role in our lives in working with us and molding us into who we were originally made to be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angela | 3/13/2013

    " This is a great book about learning who God wants you to be and what kind of life He wants you to live for Him! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffanie Z. | 11/12/2012

    " Very thought provoking and good look at myself and who I think God wants me to be. NOW act on it... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jamie Pennington | 10/14/2012

    " Very good read. For the most part I really enjoyed this book. Parts of it were a little basic but it is a very good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Caves | 8/28/2012

    " I like other self assessments like Myers-Briggs or StrengthsFinder better for discovering how you're wired. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Graham | 7/1/2012

    " Join bestselling author and pastor John Ortberg as he guides you through the sometimes difficult but ultimately fulfillin journey toward a uniquely created spirituality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leroy Seat | 2/2/2012

    " This is a fine book, written with humor and maybe a little too many "cutsy" things, but it has a lot of depth and meat, too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jolee | 1/1/2012

    " good spiritual development read. Ortberg has a lot of good stuff out there. Not too heavy but still challenging. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marya | 11/2/2011

    " Did as a study for my life group. It was great, lots of funny things on top of learning. Great book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 9/12/2011

    " We read this book in a small Bible Study with another couple and we all really enjoyed this book. Easy to read but very well-written and inspiring. I highly recommend this book for your next Bible Study! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carla | 8/23/2011

    " best read of 2011.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gill | 5/1/2011

    " Good thoughtful read .Good way to check your spiritual health constructively "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 5/1/2011

    " We read this book in a small Bible Study with another couple and we all really enjoyed this book. Easy to read but very well-written and inspiring. I highly recommend this book for your next Bible Study! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 2/22/2011

    " Was expecting a lot more meat. Found the book to have a few good points but they were repeated over and over again. This book could have been 3 chapters total. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ryan | 2/10/2011

    " Best lesson from this book: Do you know if you are growing spiritual in life? Ask yourself, are you growing more and more irritated? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/7/2011

    " One of the best books I've EVER read !!! Came at just the right time in my life !! Thanks, Ladies!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 1/5/2011

    " One of my favorite Books of 2010 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bobby | 12/28/2010

    " Appreciated his openness about his struggles. Ortberg always has a good balance of depth & the practical. Highly recommend this book as a small group resource as well as a personal read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul | 12/23/2010

    " Interesting and inspiring. I like his sense of humor woven through-out the text. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 11/12/2010

    " Great book that motivates you to be the best you can be for God, for the people around you, and for yourself. Practical non-nonsense advice that can be easily followed... which is always the best kind! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jennifer | 11/11/2010

    " I really love this Christian author. There is something very comforting in the way he shares his faults. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 10/28/2010

    " I like his style -- reference he has the gift of pouting and exercises it ... I fear I do too :(! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristi | 9/23/2010

    " There's some good stuff in here! It's one I will read several times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bonnie | 9/21/2010

    " My Life Group read this book together and had some great discussions about it. I recommend it highly.
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About the Author

John Ortberg is a popular speaker and widely respected teaching pastor. Formerly at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois, he is now senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in California. He creatively brings scripture to life through his use of practical application and humor. He’s the author of numerous books including The Life You’ve Always Wanted, Love beyond Reason, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat.