I’m a John Ortberg fan. And I really appreciated his new book: The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You.
What first bugged me about this book became what I enjoyed most about it. 🙂 Ortberg jumps from topic to topic, and each topic has subtopics, so the book felt a little scattered (at times). But don’t give up on it. It’s full of great, applicable suggestions for new perspective, living out your faith, trying softer, reaching out in relationships, and finding God in your work.
I would rate the book very high: 9 out of 10. This is because I think I will remember it for a while, and I will probably read passages of it to friends, and talk about it with my mom, and reference back to it when I need a little insight.
If you get reading and the choppy irritates you, simply skim ahead to the chapters you want. I am so glad I kept on, because the later chapters on prayer, deepening relationships, feeding your mind with excellence, being human, finding difficult people to help you grow, letting God flow in your work, prioritizing life giving relationships … I really LOVED his wisdom.
A few great quotes from the book:
“Other people don’t create your spirit; they reveal your spirit.”
“God never grows two people the same way. God is a hand-crafter., not a mass-producer.”
“God’s plan is not just for us to be saved by grace–its for us to live by grace.”
“We don’t know what we are capable of until we have to cope.”
“In what we call ‘normal life,’ we drift along under a set of assumptions that may work for a long time: I may feel secure because I have a certain amount of money. I have an identity because I have a certain job, title, degree, or list of achievements. I have a purpose because I am going to achieve more than I already have. Life seems to “work.” Then a crisis comes. Maybe it’s a financial crash. Maybe you lose your job. Maybe you lose someone you love. You go to the doctor’s office and find you have a malignancy. There is a scandal, and you lose your reputation. Your son or daughter rejects you, running down a road that violates everything you believe in. Any crisis carries in its wake the question, “What can I build my life on that circumstances cannot rob me of? What really matters?”