Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them

by John Ortberg
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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 fundamental requirements. So how do flawed, abnormal people such as ourselves master the forces that can drive us apart and come together in the life-changing relationships God designed us for? In Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, teacher and best-selling author John Ortberg zooms in on the things that make community tick. You’ll get a thought-provoking look at God’s heart, at others, and at yourself. Even better, you’ll gain wisdom and tools for drawing closer to others in powerful, impactful ways. With humor, insight, and a gift for storytelling, Ortberg shows how community pays tremendous dividends in happiness, health, support, and growth. It’s where all of us weird, unwieldy people encounter God’s love in tangible ways and discover the transforming power of being loved, accepted, and valued just the way we are. The need for community is woven into the very fabric of our being. Nothing else can substitute for the life-giving benefits of connecting with others—not even God. He won’t preempt the way he himself has designed us to reflect his own intensely relational nature. But there’s a hitch in our experience of community, says John Ortberg: We’re all weird. Folks around us may seem normal enough, but just wait till we get to know them—and they get to know us. The unhealthy, sinful ways we respond to life in a fallen world are hardly God’s idea of “normal,” and they can make us as unhuggable as porcupines. We face the “porcupine dilemma,” says Ortberg: We need each other, but how do we get close without getting hurt? How do we get past all those quills and grow together in Christ? In Everybody’s Normal Till You Get to Know Them, Ortberg once again reveals his gift for sharing profound insights using a lighten-up approach. With winsome humor and a fondness for well-spun stories, he pops the myth of normalcy and hands us the keys to creating and sustaining relationships. “God’s dream for community encompasses the redemption of all spheres of life,” he says. Who doesn’t want like to be liked, to be wanted, to have solid, satisfying friendships! Ortberg shows what such relationships are made of. He reveals the benefits of authenticity—what it means to live with an “unveiled face,” as the Bible puts it. He encourages us to trade the stones it’s so easy to cast at others for acceptance. He opens our eyes and heart to empathy, the art of reading people. And he takes us through the ins and outs of conflict, forgiveness, confrontation, inclusion, and gratitude. The principles and discussion questions in this book are down-to-earth. They’re for real people living in a real world, and are intended to help us count the practical cost of relationship and then pay it—because in all the rewards and struggles of community, we’re investing in something beyond our comprehension. You could call it heaven. You could call it home. It’s the place where all of us are headed, all of us belong, and all of us will be normal at last.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310565772
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/18/2009
Sold by: Zondervan Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 205,153
File size: 669 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

John Ortberg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man?, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get out of the Boat.  John teaches around the world at conferences and churches, writes articles for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and is on the board of the Dallas Willard Center and Fuller Seminary. He has preached sermons on Abraham Lincoln, The LEGO Movie, and The Gospel According to Les Miserables. John and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their three adult children, dog Baxter, and surfing the Pacific. You can follow John on twitter @johnortberg or check out the latest news/blogs on his website at www.johnortberg.com.

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Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
In this book, John Ortberg discusses what it really means to be in a true community. Not just a group of people that you hang out with, or work with, or any of the normal 'community' things people normally think of. John Ortberg is instead writing about developing a true emotional and spiritual intimacy between you and other people that allows you to truly be yourself and accept others as who they are, not as who we want them to be. I don't care who you are, something in this book will kick your tail. It is very convicting to look at my own relationships and realize that sometimes I'm 'friends' with people because of what they can give, not because of who they are. The author's use of various scripture passages, especially ones from the gospels of Jesus Christ, works very well as a tool to get his message across. He also uses general stories from people he has known to provide a more 'modern day' backing to his points. The whole thing is just put together so well, and it reads so fluidly, that you can't help but get caught up in the desire to do a better job of dealing with people in your life as they are, and trying to love them in the way that Christ loves us.
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Thank GOD for Unconditional LOVE. It's a Beautiful Thing :)
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This is a great book. It is spiritual, funny and a wonderful guide on how to lead a happy life.
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One of the most compelling and thought-provoking books that you'll ever read about everbody else but mostly YOU.