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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 uniqueReading 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 colors, customers purchasing at retail will select the cover they prefer....

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

  • Drew
    2019-05-06 23:37

    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 endearing, the book wasn't stylistically my favorite. Parts of the book seemed completely unnecessary. But then, parts were also strikingly meaningful. The section on work was particularly interesting, and I may return to it again later. And primarily, though it may just be because of where I am personally, the book forced me to reconsider some of the patterns I've fallen into and make a movement toward growth.

  • Julie
    2019-04-23 03:26

    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's project. God thought you up, and he know what you were intended to be." "Some people think that if they seek to grow spiritually they will have to become someone else. But God won't discard your raw material." "God doesn't make anything and then decide to throw it away. He creates, and then if there is a problem, he rescues." "One of the most misquoted 'verses' you will never find in the Bible is this one: 'God will never give me more than I can handle.' Huh? Are you kidding me? Where is that one? Poverty, holocausts, genocide, war -- people are given more than they can handle all the time!... You will never be placed in a situation God can't handle."

  • Shell Belle
    2019-04-24 03:38

    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 changed you have to go to God himself and get connected with him ("in the flow").His ideas are like a breath of fresh air! They are true, honest, and clear, but he is also very humorous and uses lots of stories to make his point. It's both entertaining and inspiring. He isn't afraid to cut straight to the heart of the problem, but it is not in the accusing tone so many Christian thinkers have. It is as if he is on the journey with us-- messing up and needing grace-- because he is. That is what makes this book so powerful-- because he writes from experience. He is not afraid to be honest.Many Christian books promise the answers to life and revolutionary ideas that will change us should we just read the next 300 pages. However, The Me I want to Be really does reach the level of inspiration it promises-- it is not emotion based, but rather solid logic we can actually hang on to and practice in our lives. It's a book everyone needs to read-- it doesn't solve all of life's problems, but it sure does put you on the right track. I highly recommend this book!

  • Laura Smith
    2019-05-20 07:29

    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 beautiful unique individual, with certain talents, gifts and capabilities. You were not designed to be like anyone else or to compete with anyone else or to compare yourself with anyone else. You were designed to let your own facets shine with the brilliance God gave you. Definately worth reading to remind yourself of this amazing gift and striving to use it the way God intended.

  • Farah Hany
    2019-04-23 03:50

    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.

  • Karen
    2019-05-13 02:42

    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 been told 'that's not good for you/your family/the planet' then don't worry because this book will give you a way of seeing things which means you don't have to think about changing a thing. I used to like John Ortberg's take on things, not any more.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-23 03:48

    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 and valuable the truth is which he is discussing/teaching. As Ortberg points out, it's all about your relationship with God and the Holy Spirit flowing through you. Reading this book will help you learn how you can achieve these! Highly recommended!

  • Brandon Cannon
    2019-04-28 03:42

    This book is amazing. It's become an annual read for me.

  • JennanneJ
    2019-05-11 03:50

    "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 unexpected and humble circumstances.""Every once in a while you do something that surprises you and catch a glimpse of the person you were made to be. ""Your flourishing self pours blessings into relationships. You find other people to be a source of wonder. They often bring you energy. When you are with them, you listen deeply. You are struck by their dreams. You bless. You are able to disclose your own thoughts and feelings in a way that invites openness in others. You quickly admit your errors, and you freely forgive."""The me God made me to be" is measured by my capacity to love. When we live in love, we flourish. That is the dance.""If peace is growing in me, I am less easily discouraged. If love is growing, I am less easily irritated.""What I was really dying to was a false self, an illusion of misplaced pride, ego and neediness -- the me I thought I was supposed to be.""The letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. There is an enormous difference between following rules and following Jesus, because I can follow rules without cultivating the right heart."

  • Allan
    2019-04-23 03:43

    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 to trust that there is a river. The river is flowing. We are in it" (quote from Richard Rohr). A helpful chapter too on coping with adversity- and still holding on to hope as opposed to despair when we are in the midst of difficult circumstances. He quotes Julian of Norwich: "God did not say you shall know no storms, no travails, no disease. He said "You shall not be overcome". Some of the chapters didn't quite resonate for me, but overall there was lots here to encourage my faith and spur me on without making me feel guilty for the things I was not doing!!

  • Kelly Clark
    2019-05-20 03:31

    This book was an excellent listen. So good in fact that I am seriously considering also buying the Kindle edition so that I can re-"read" it. When I read a book as opposed to listening to a book, I can engage with the text more fully, highlight, make notes, etc. I listened to this book while driving to work so it was virtually impossible to capture the highlights and once the next chapter started it is easy to forget what you just heard in the previous, plus the distraction of actually driving!! I would recommend this book and I have already stated, I would have preferred to actually read it.

  • Cindy
    2019-05-16 00:31

    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.

  • Greg Stadter
    2019-05-15 07:45

    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
    2019-05-01 02:42

    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".

  • Mare
    2019-05-13 07:47

    Another favorite by John Ortberg. He's one of those authors that I just "get". He's not scientific but is tuned into the human condition and to how gracious our God is. I can feel my spiritual life expand when reading his books.

  • Magda David
    2019-05-04 01:40

    This was one of the best books I have ever read.

  • Decio Berti Junior
    2019-04-25 03:29

    Uma boa leitura com texto bem elaborado, boa tradução. Convida a uma reflexão pessoal.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-15 04:31

    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 example of his dream of leadership. While mine was not leadership I was instantly able to identify and work through my own made-up dream. It's been incredible how more free I feel once I've set it aside. I don't feel there are many negatives to this book. The writing is engaging and thoughtful. Scriptures are relevant as well as the author's personal stories. He tries for humor some times but it doesn't really seem that funny. All in all a good book. I would recommend it to anyone who wants to discover their true self. The one God created them to become.

  • Josh Morgan
    2019-05-15 07:28

    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.

  • Joe Buck
    2019-05-04 03:29

    Another good John Ortberg! The last session on transforming your life was just super! My Sunday School Class liked this series but not as much as his video series on Soul Keeping!

  • Heather Stull
    2019-05-21 06:30

    The trajectory of my life will never be the same because of this book.

  • Jo
    2019-05-10 05:37

    I enjoy John's books. They are insightful and empowering. They aren't page turners where you can't set them down, rather I tend to chew on thoughts and ideas as I drive around town listening.

  • Shanna
    2019-05-15 03:28

    Some really great information and perspective. I enjoyed this one, and took a lot of wisdom from it.

  • Mike Moak
    2019-05-13 23:45

    Another excellent book by Ortberg.

  • Brooke
    2019-04-30 07:52

    Love his writing style - he's perfected the art of making his reader life while also challenging them to godly living.

  • MHA Bookclub
    2019-04-23 07:35

    Shelf 2

  • Sylvia
    2019-04-30 05:37

    Zanim zabierzesz się za tę książkę:1. Pierwsza arcyważna informacja (która pojawia się w polskim przekładzie dopiero na stornie 93) jest taka, że autor książki jest pastorem protestanckim i opisuje poszukiwanie swojego, owszem chrześcijańskiego, ale ponad wszystko protestanckiego "ja". Mimo że protestanci uważają się za chrześcijan, z różnych powodów nie są wiernymi Kościoła Katolickiego. Jednym z tych powodów, jak się okazuje, jest zupełnie odmienny sposób podchodzenia do rozwoju duchowego.John Ortberg daje w książce wiele rad, które będą pomocne dla każdego chrześcijanina. Niektóre jednak sprawiały, że od razu zapalała mi mi się czerwona lampka ostrzegawcza. Choćby rozdział "Staraj się delikatniej", w którym autor przekonuje: módl się mniej, nie miej wyrzutów sumienia, że nie masz czasu poczytać Pisma Świętego, zamiast tego daj 50 zł biedakowi lub bądź iły dla 3 napotkanych osób i sprawa załatwiona. Prawda, jakie to wygodne? Ale gdzie tu łączność z Panem Bogiem?Drugi hit: jeśli nie masz ochoty chodzić do kościoła, nie chodź. Tu własnie wtrąca się polski wydawca "przypominając", że w katolicyzmie podejście do Mszy Świętej jest odmienne niż u protestantów.Jak lepiej poznać wartość takiej książki jak nie po owocach? Mimo że czytając tego typu porady odczuwałam wewnętrzny sprzeciw, jakimś cudem słowa te wywarły duży wpływ na moje działania i podejście do życia, co bardzo mi nie odpowiada. Dlatego też po przeczytaniu 25% nie zamierzam tej pozycji kontynuować. Druga rzecz, która zniechęcała mnie przez cały ten czas to "lanie wody". W poradnikach lubię konkrety z krótkim komentarzem, a nie kilkustronicowe rozdrapywanie jednego zdania z opowieściami o tym co powiedziała żona, córka i przyjaciel autora.Książki nie poleciłabym osobie, która jest świadoma tego, że ma życie duchowe, ponieważ Ortberg będzie po prostu zbyt banalny. Z drugiej strony zdecydowanie odwodzę od tej pozycjo wszystkich katolików, którzy dopiero zaczynają swoją przygodę z rozwojem duchowym, bo po kilku protestanckich radach wylądujecie z ręką w kisielu. Dziwi mnie, że taka książka została wydana w Polsce przez, bądź co bądź, katolickie wydawnictwo i nie ma na niej żadnego ostrzeżenia, że jest napisana przez osobę innego wyznania.

  • Dan Archer
    2019-05-06 00:38

    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 really lays out the basis on which the book builds.The presentation of the ideas and main points in the book is great. Quotes are shown separate form the main text, and where appropriate, the author present information in lists or bullet points which are well formatted and add to the overall look of the text whilst enhancing the flow of it.The structure of the main points the author makes throughout the book is well organised, taking the reader through different chapters and sections, providing plenty of spaces for the reader to rest and think about what has been discussed in any one portion of the text.For me there were a few stand out chapters, which stood out primarily because the ideas presented were ones that I had not seen or heard before and that I thought would help my approach to thinking and relating to God. Which makes me wonder, whilst this book may hold a lot of value for those at a similar point in their spiritual understanding as me, I suspect it probably loses some of its value for those who have already been exposed to the ideas presented. Perhaps though, this should not be a surprise given that it is easy to see from the title and description of the book who it is aimed at.In that sense, I feel the book addresses its primary audience very well, and I'm sure that a lot of people I know would very much enjoy reading through the book, whilst others really wouldn't.Thus its value to me is quite high, I got a lot from the book, hence the rating I've given it, but to cite a common saying; your milage may vary.

  • Jim Ainsworth
    2019-04-29 03:25

    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 anyone took notice. Only one woman stopped when she recognized him. Ortberg quotes Jesus, “We played the flute for you, and you did not dance.” The author says “The Master is still playing, but listening is optional. Those who have ears to hear, let them hear. This story also illustrates another of my favorite topics—perception vs. reality. The foot traffic perceived the world’s greatest violin player as a street bum, so they treated him accordingly. Another favorite topic is introduced later. “But the ancients were not bored. We are the ones who get bored because the capacity to focus our attention, to delight our minds in sustained thought, has been weakened by our dependence on external stimuli.” Amen. Ortberg writes that we should discover our strengths and not focus on our weaknesses. “Trying to improve our weaknesses is like trying to teach a rabbit to swim or a snail to race.” He also delves into flow again when he give us rationale and understanding about why we need to work and how work can put us in the flow. This book is worth your time.

  • Shawna
    2019-05-07 04:35

    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 favorite quotes & messages from the book.- The Bible does not say that you are God's appliance; it says you are his masterpiece. - The main measure of your devotion to God is not your devotional life. It is simply your life.- When we discover the gifts God has given us and the passions that engage use, and we put them to work in the service of values we deeply believe in - in conscious dependence on God - then we are working in the Spirit. Then our work is helping each of us create the me I want to be. We are the ones who make our work significant - not the other way around.- If you ocould wave a wand and erase every failure, disappointment, and suffering, are you sure it would be a good idea? Is it possible that in some way people actually need adversity and setbacks - maybe even something like trauma - to reach the fullest level of development and growth?- God isn't at work producing circumstances you want. God is at work in bad circumstances producing the you he wants.