by John Ortberg

Zondervan Publishing

Grand Rapids, Michigan

US$ 16.99

Summary: Says Ortberg, “One of the great marks of maturity is to accept the fact that everybody comes ‘as it.’” Read about how we can get close and live authentically as Christ’s faulty children. This is a book you won’t want to put down.

In his new work, best-selling author and storyteller John Ortberg says, “When we enter relationships with the illusion that people are normal, we resist the truth that they are not. We enter an endless attempt to fix them, control them, or pretend that they are what they’re not. One of the great marks of maturity is to accept the fact that everybody comes ‘as is.’”

This refreshing and insightful work will feed you for sure. Ortberg’s great sense of humor will also give you a few broad smiles along the way.

The volume’s three sections: Part 1: “Normal: There’s No Such Thing, Dear;” Part 2: “How to Get Close Without Getting Hurt,” discusses authenticity, acceptance, empathy, and conflict; Part 3: “The Secrets of Strong Relationships” includes chapters on forgiveness, confrontation, inclusion, gratitude, and heaven—where we will be “normal at last.” I give this book the highest rating. You won’t want to put it down

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July–September, 2003

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