Friday, December 1, 2017

I'd Like You More If You Were More Like Me: Getting Real about Getting Close by John Ortberg


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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 You Were More like Me offers help in overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to making deep connections: the fact that we're so different. Different from God and different from each other.

The good news is that connectedness is not based on similarity, but on shared experiences. When one person invites another to share an experience, they're connected. It can be sharing a beautiful sunset or a meal, having a great conversation over cup of coffee, going for walk, or even teasing somebody. And when we share those same experiences with God, we get closer to him, too. God wants to connect with us--so much that he sent his son to live as a human being. God took on flesh and shared every human experience. So we don't have to wonder what a close relationship with God looks like anymore.

An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn't have to be a cliche, it can be a daily way of life.

My Thoughts:
Ortberg in my opinion is a fantastic writer. In "I'd Like You More if You were More Like Me," he writes with intentionality about how we are all hard wired for deep connections with God and with one another.  I can't express how much I enjoyed this book. We are all created uniquely different, but we can all benefit from one another's differences. This book is about getting close with your co-workers, spouse, children, family and church members despite how difficult it may be. Despite how difficult these hard wire connections may be, we were created for them and with God. Based on God's truth through scripture, personal experience and psychology, Ortberg draws from several avenues to bring his point across. You will find this book fascinating and you'll leave with a deeper appreciation of how you were created. I really enjoyed this book and felt that it made me learn more about people rather than myself. I highly recommend this book. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. If you want to dig deeper, be more connected with God, understand why you were created for relationships and figure out how to handle differences, this book is for you! 



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