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Something in us is waiting--for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase "eternal life." But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal Something in us is waiting--for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase "eternal life." But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die--and that being saved is merely about meeting the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into "eternal living" with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth. Jesus defined eternal life just once, in John 17:3: ". . . that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." The kind of "knowing God" that is eternal life is an interactive relationship, not just an affirmation of certain facts about God. Once we begin the transformative journey of truly knowing God, we can start to experience His presence, favor, and resurrection power right here on this earth--in the details, tasks, and challenges of daily, ordinary life. And as we begin to know God this way, we'll realize each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the eternity we've been longing for all along.


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Something in us is waiting--for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase "eternal life." But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal Something in us is waiting--for what, we don't know. Something different? Something better? For Christians, perhaps the deepest expression of what we're waiting for is found in the phrase "eternal life." But what is eternal life? Why do we want it? And how do we know if we have it? In Eternity Is Now in Session, bestselling author John Ortberg dispels the myth that eternal life is something way out in outer space that we can only hope to experience after we die--and that being saved is merely about meeting the minimal entrance requirements for getting into heaven. Instead, John unpacks the reality that the moment we trust Christ, we are initiated into "eternal living" with God as a here and now reality, one that will continue beyond our life on this earth. Jesus defined eternal life just once, in John 17:3: ". . . that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent." The kind of "knowing God" that is eternal life is an interactive relationship, not just an affirmation of certain facts about God. Once we begin the transformative journey of truly knowing God, we can start to experience His presence, favor, and resurrection power right here on this earth--in the details, tasks, and challenges of daily, ordinary life. And as we begin to know God this way, we'll realize each moment of our lives is a vehicle to the eternity we've been longing for all along.

30 review for Eternity Is Now in Session: A Radical Rediscovery of What Jesus Really Taught about Salvation, Eternity, and Getting to the Good Place

  1. 5 out of 5

    B.J. Richardson

    The Subtitle to this book "A Radical Rediscovery" might be a bit of an overstatement. There was nothing new here I haven't seen from plenty of other evangelical preachers and theologians. The very fact that every other page contains a quote from Dallas Willard shows that the ideas that Ortberg is laying down are not of themselves original. That said, John Ortberg is a master at taking profound concepts and making them seem simple. He is at his best when taking a slice of ordinary life and using The Subtitle to this book "A Radical Rediscovery" might be a bit of an overstatement. There was nothing new here I haven't seen from plenty of other evangelical preachers and theologians. The very fact that every other page contains a quote from Dallas Willard shows that the ideas that Ortberg is laying down are not of themselves original. That said, John Ortberg is a master at taking profound concepts and making them seem simple. He is at his best when taking a slice of ordinary life and using it to illustrate a kingdom truth. Also, for those whose theological intake consists of little more than the 30-minute preaching of a mediocre preacher this book might very well be a "radical rediscovery". In this book, JO examines a series of questions that challenge the way all too many all too often view the kingdom. Some of those questions are: What if we stopped thinking about the gospel as simply the minimum entrance requirement to get into heaven? What if we stopped thinking about eternal life as something we can only experience after we die? What if we stopped thinking of Christians as people who “know about” God and instead focused on becoming disciples who are learning to “know” God? What if salvation isn’t mostly about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us? Whether these questions are revolutionary to you, or if they are ones you have used to challenge your own ideas countless times before, I would strongly recommend this book. It might not be radical or revolutionary, but it certainly is inspirational.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    Small book, but powerful and packed with wisdom and insight. Ortberg, Reformed Christian theologian and psychologist, unpacks the meaning of the Christian Gospel. A good refresher or eye-opener for Christians, and good news for anyone who has ears to hear.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This was my first time reading this book in a discipleship context, and it worked great for that purpose. This really is a wonderful book.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jason Mccutcheon

    Refreshing and Thought Provoking Coming from a tradition that emphasizes becoming a Christian by “just saying a prayer” can sometimes seem empty, as entry to heaven is emphasized above all else. There is more to being part of the kingdom than just “fire insurance” (as some have said). I found this book’s emphasis on being “in” Christ helpful and refreshing, as we as Christ followers invite others into the kingdom today and for eternity. “The prayer” is a wonderful beginning, not an end. I found m Refreshing and Thought Provoking Coming from a tradition that emphasizes becoming a Christian by “just saying a prayer” can sometimes seem empty, as entry to heaven is emphasized above all else. There is more to being part of the kingdom than just “fire insurance” (as some have said). I found this book’s emphasis on being “in” Christ helpful and refreshing, as we as Christ followers invite others into the kingdom today and for eternity. “The prayer” is a wonderful beginning, not an end. I found myself saying “yes” in my spirit many times as I read.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheila Nielson

    Ortberg is an author who writes like I think. He always takes truth that I already know and takes me to the next level with it. I will read this book again and again.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Diane Busch

    In his usual understandable and relatable style, John presents enlightening insights on what Jesus taught about salvation, eternity and heaven. I suggest that the eight-page introduction be used as an evangelistic training tool. So many people have the wrong idea of God, heaven, and eternal life. Christ followers should have the correct Good News message to share with others. You do not want to miss how John answers these questions: What if we stopped thinking about the gospel as simply the minim In his usual understandable and relatable style, John presents enlightening insights on what Jesus taught about salvation, eternity and heaven. I suggest that the eight-page introduction be used as an evangelistic training tool. So many people have the wrong idea of God, heaven, and eternal life. Christ followers should have the correct Good News message to share with others. You do not want to miss how John answers these questions: What if we stopped thinking about the gospel as simply the minimum entrance requirement to get into heaven? What if we stopped thinking about eternal life as something we can only experience after we die? What if we stopped thinking of Christians as people who “know about” God and instead focused on becoming disciples who are learning to “know” God? What if salvation isn’t mostly about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us? As a hiker and a recent visitor to the Blue Ridge Parkway, the section on a “mountain top experience” spoke to me: “A Mountain is where heaven and earth come closest together. A mountain is where we go to see the earth around us from a new perspective. On a mountain we are elevated above our normal way of seeing. Obstacles that normally loom large are seen much smaller than we thought ... On a mountain we receive the gift of vision... A mountain is the place of awakening to a reality that we often can’t see in the valley.” "Spiritual awakening begins with an experience of God, when we become aware of his presence." John explains how salvation is a journey, not a one-time event. "Salvation is never just salvation from. It is always also salvation for.” "Our greatest need is not to be saved from what might happen to us but to be saved from what might happen in us; not from where we might end up but from who we might become.” He writes about what it means to be a disciple and that discipleship is a whole-life endeavor. "Participation is the essential ingredient in Christianity." I recommend this book to all Christ followers and those seeking to know more about Jesus, salvation, and heaven.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Aaron Cash

    Bringing light to an often misunderstood truth in the Bible. Heaven is for now and not just later.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Ben House

    "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" True words. Praise God for all the promises regarding everlasting life, heaven, being with Christ, being glorified, and so. But John Ortberg's book Eternity is Now in Session seeks to correct an error or oversight or, maybe, wrongful emphasis. Christians can be saved, in Christ, and believing right things, but still get the priorities and details confused. Eternity is Now in Session by John Ortberg is published by Tyndale Press an "When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be!" True words. Praise God for all the promises regarding everlasting life, heaven, being with Christ, being glorified, and so. But John Ortberg's book Eternity is Now in Session seeks to correct an error or oversight or, maybe, wrongful emphasis. Christians can be saved, in Christ, and believing right things, but still get the priorities and details confused. Eternity is Now in Session by John Ortberg is published by Tyndale Press and came out this year. "What if salvation is not about getting us into heaven, but about getting heaven into us?" Pastor Ortberg asks. The title itself was inspired, as is much of Ortberg's work, by Dallas Willard. The gist of the book is about discipleship. As indicated already, "getting saved" or getting eternal fire insurance is not what Christianity is all about. Thank God for those cases of contrary folks who linger on their death beds and find the grace of God as life lingers away. But that is not the ideal. For years, many have been trying to awaken the Church from resting content with professions of faith. Life and obedience, transformation, Christian living, growing in grace--these are the needed elements. From beginning to end, this book is a strong exhortation to not be fooled by mere profession, but to actually follow Christ. I will share a few key portions of the book that I made note of. "Jesus didn't tell his friends, 'Go into all the world and make Christians.' But he did tell them to go into the world and make disciples. In fact, the Bible uses the word disciple 269 times. As Dallas Willard writes, 'The New Testament is a book about disciples, by disciples, and for disciples.'" page 50 (Note this: Ortberg quotes Dallas Willard many, many times in this book.) "Jesus never said, 'Believe the right things about me, and I'll let you into heaven after you die.' His news was something far grander, more cosmic, more life-changing, more compelling, and more humbling than that." page 51 On page 61, another Willard quote: "There is no problem in human life that apprenticeship to Jesus cannot solve." Then Ortberg shows how wide-ranging his view of the Gospel is as he lists problems: "You name the problem--greed, fear, racism, injustice, divorce, sexual assault, neglect, pollution, suffering, addiction, rejection, bitterness, violence, apathy, grief, war, death." Concerning religious experiences and awakening, he writes, "...awakening is not just something that happens to us at the beginning of our spiritual lives. We need awakening each day." page 96 One of the most brilliant quotes that Ortberg uses comes from Dr. Vincent Felitti who wrote about addiction saying, "It is hard to get enough of something that almost works." Not that this book is about addiction (of any and all sorts) per se, this is a remarkable insight into all manner of sinful draws, which Ortberg, echoing the Bible, calls idols. Pages 100-101 "To have saving faith is not to believe the minimum amount so God has to let you in. To have saving faith is to believe what Jesus himself believed, to see what Jesus himself saw, so that you naturally do what Jesus himself would do." page 137 Something I am going to try to remember next time I am involved in a wedding (or even a discussion about marriage) is this point: "A couple gets married and the minister says, 'The two shall become one'--but which one? I want it to be me." Page 157. His point is that the same thing tends to happen in regard to God. We want union, but we want it to mean that God is doing what I want. This book is a step by step progression through the Gospel and what should and must be its impact on our lives. Starting with what the Good News actually means, it takes us to the topic of awakening to God being everywhere. A chapter called Purgation deals with the painful, but necessary work of sanctification and the abandoning of sins and idols. Illumination reminds us that need to have our minds enlightened at every step. The final chapter on union reminds us that we are never alone, that union with God is the goal both here and in the future heavenly eternity. Going back through this book, which I read twice, reminds me that almost every page includes a great quote, an exhortation, an application of a Bible truth. This book is great for morning devotions. It would also work well for a study group, a class, or one-on-one discipleship. This is the second book I have read by Ortberg, and he has quickly risen in the ranks to be a much favored writer for me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Karen Roberts

    John Ortberg has asked an important question that all of us need to consider: “What if salvation isn’t mostly about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us?” (p. 7). In Eternity Is Now in Session, Ortberg examines the meaning of salvation in light of eternity. This book arrived from the publisher two weeks before I was scheduled to teach on John 3. I devoured the book, rereading passages and highlighting key thoughts. God’s timing is always perfect! I used quotes from this book in John Ortberg has asked an important question that all of us need to consider: “What if salvation isn’t mostly about getting us into heaven but about getting heaven into us?” (p. 7). In Eternity Is Now in Session, Ortberg examines the meaning of salvation in light of eternity. This book arrived from the publisher two weeks before I was scheduled to teach on John 3. I devoured the book, rereading passages and highlighting key thoughts. God’s timing is always perfect! I used quotes from this book in the teaching. Ortberg writes that salvation is more than saying the sinner’s prayer; in fact, we don’t have the sinner’s prayer in the Bible, he points out. He writes that salvation includes much more than entry into heaven after we die. “To the contrary, Jesus’ Good News is that eternal life–life with God and for God, life under God’s care and life by God’s power–is available now. If you want that life, the logical step is to become a disciple–a student, and apprentice, a follower–of Jesus” (p. 52). In other words, “Jesus’ gospel is the offer of life as an apprentice of Jesus, by grace, through faith, in this world and the world to come” (p. 62). The book is divided into two parts. Part 1 asks the reader to rethink salvation and consider that it is much more than the minimum requirement to enter heaven. The second part asks the reader to consider eternity as the reader walks with Jesus. This walk includes seeing God everywhere, leaving baggage behind, adopting a new mental map, and becoming aware of union with Christ. This is a well-researched, Scripture-filled book that would serve as a great small-group Bible study. Ortberg refers to C.S. Lewis, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Rankin Wilbourne, Dallas Willard, and others throughout the book. He includes personal stories, historical stories, and Bible stories at just the right moment to keep the reader engaged. In addition to this valuable resource for Christians, Ortberg developed a five-session study with a DVD to accompany the participant’s guide. I did not receive the DVD or participant’s guide. I received a complimentary copy of Eternity Is Now in Session from the publisher for my honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Cameron

    A special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of John Ortberg’s book, Eternity is Now in Session. “Are we there yet?” is a question we have all asked at one time or another. Though we may not give it much thought or reflection, it is a question that keeps us literally sitting on the edge of our seats. It is the evidence that we are all longing for something much greater and far grander than what we are currently experiencing or feeling. However, what Ortberg flaw A special thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of John Ortberg’s book, Eternity is Now in Session. “Are we there yet?” is a question we have all asked at one time or another. Though we may not give it much thought or reflection, it is a question that keeps us literally sitting on the edge of our seats. It is the evidence that we are all longing for something much greater and far grander than what we are currently experiencing or feeling. However, what Ortberg flawlessly does in his book, Eternity is Now in Session, is navigate the reader to see that eternal life is not just about us eventually getting to a place of unending peace and tranquility. It is not simply a distant land in some future time, but it is a present reality for all who have placed their faith in Christ for salvation. Jesus said, “…this is eternal life, that they know You the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent” (John 17:3). Yes, there is a future fulfillment in which all followers of Christ will eternally dwell in both security and luxury with the God of salvation, but true believers have been given the abundant life right here and now (John 10:10). I have read seven books so far this year and this is by far the best one yet! Ortberg is a creative writer with the ability to captivate the reader’s attention. Honestly, it was hard to put this book down and I finished it in less twenty-four hours after opening to the first page. If you were to flip through my copy of this book, you would see numerous highlighted sections and personal notes all the way through from start to finish. Ortberg is a master of language and an excellent communicator using engaging illustrations and captivating stories throughout the pages. I recommend this book to everyone – both Christians and non-Christians!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shane Lems

    Ortberg's book, "Eternity Is Now In Session" is an attempt to correct the watered down Christian belief that you're saved and then you go to heaven - and that's that. I have to say I always appreciate it when someone attempts to correct a watered down version of Christianity and explain a more biblical view of it. For this reason, I'd say, Yes, I liked parts of Ortberg's book. I'm glad he talked about discipleship, following Jesus, being united to him, living by grace, and enjoying a foretaste o Ortberg's book, "Eternity Is Now In Session" is an attempt to correct the watered down Christian belief that you're saved and then you go to heaven - and that's that. I have to say I always appreciate it when someone attempts to correct a watered down version of Christianity and explain a more biblical view of it. For this reason, I'd say, Yes, I liked parts of Ortberg's book. I'm glad he talked about discipleship, following Jesus, being united to him, living by grace, and enjoying a foretaste of heaven now. Some parts of the book were helpful. However, I'd also have to say, No, I didn't like everything about the book. First, it seems like he made several false dichotomies. For example, he seemed to set doctrinal belief against obedience, as if the two are at odds (p. 68). Similarly, on page 133 he sets belief against following Jesus by suggesting that Jesus didn't say, "believe the right things about me..." but "follow me." However, quite obviously in the New Testament, it is essential that disciples believe the right things about Jesus (e.g. John 20:31). Another weakness of this book is the fact that there are some questionable phrases: "Jesus' main problem on earth is going to be the church" (p. 142). Really - his bride? "To have saving faith is to believe what Jesus himself believed..." (p. 137). That's not how Scripture defines faith! "His [Jesus'] one command was to pursue the Kingdom" (p. 19). What about his command to love? Anyway, perhaps Ortberg is using hyperbole or this is just his writing style, but I found it quite annoying and unhelpful. Anyway, this isn't the best book on eternity. In fact, I'd pass it up and look for one that doesn't have false dichotomies and uses more clear biblical language.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phil Lemons

    I acquired this book in a Goodreads give away, and I’d like to thank the publisher and the author for that generous gift. John Ortberg has a way of expressing deep thoughts and complex ideas in everyday language. That has been true in previous books of his and continues to be true here. In a lot of ways, this book feels like a companion book for it a prequel to God Is Closer Than You Think. He carries the idea of God’s Kingdom being a reality on this fallen Earth today in a different light. He w I acquired this book in a Goodreads give away, and I’d like to thank the publisher and the author for that generous gift. John Ortberg has a way of expressing deep thoughts and complex ideas in everyday language. That has been true in previous books of his and continues to be true here. In a lot of ways, this book feels like a companion book for it a prequel to God Is Closer Than You Think. He carries the idea of God’s Kingdom being a reality on this fallen Earth today in a different light. He works to delicately slice the difference between earning salvation by what we do and how our behavior changes when God is present in our hearts. He walks through the metamorphosis that happens in our lives, knowing we, like Peter, may have to cover some ground a couple of times. My criteria for five stars include challenging me to think and see in new ways. This may fall under confirmation bias in some ways as I’ve been of this persuasion for some time. However, Ortberg brought new perspectives that round out my perspective on the matter. Ortberg’s writing is very accessible and reads easily, but causes me to think deeply, which is something I value greatly. Just as importantly, I leave the book encouraged. He reminds me that being in God’s presence is something God wants, too. I recommend this book to anybody who is wrestling with the roles of faith, behavior, and worship in their lives. I would recommend it to those who are wrestling with thoughts of whether living a Christian life is worth the effort. Thank you Mr Ortberg for showing us that God is all in on us and is anxious to bring his kingdom into our lives today.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Most of us, if we are honest, think of eternity as a future event--something that starts after we die. But, Jesus never talked about eternity as an after-death event. In "Eternity Is Now In Session", John Ortberg looks at eternity as something we can experience in the here and now.  He asks "what if we stopped thinking of Christians as people who profess beliefs about God and instead focused on becoming disciples who know God?"  Ortberg asks us to rediscover the Christian concept of salvation as Most of us, if we are honest, think of eternity as a future event--something that starts after we die. But, Jesus never talked about eternity as an after-death event. In "Eternity Is Now In Session", John Ortberg looks at eternity as something we can experience in the here and now.  He asks "what if we stopped thinking of Christians as people who profess beliefs about God and instead focused on becoming disciples who know God?"  Ortberg asks us to rediscover the Christian concept of salvation as not something that happens after we die but something that affects us where we are today. Ortberg's book reads more like a theological essay.  Parts of it are informative and engaging while other parts were dry and slow to read.  It is important that we understand the importance of living in eternity today, but I wish Ortberg had said it better.  I have read some of his older books and have enjoyed them.  One of my favorite books is "If You Want to Walk On Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat".  Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sandy Griffin

    What an inspiring and encouraging book! John Ortberg has done a phenomenal job of explaining just what eternity is, and when it begins. So when do you think eternity begins? When you die? Surprisingly that is the view many have of eternity. It seems to be something so very far away, something to be hoped for and attained, yet if we read the scriptures, we find that eternity begins the very moment we believe in Christ for salvation. Once we grasp that realization, we become more motivated to "lay What an inspiring and encouraging book! John Ortberg has done a phenomenal job of explaining just what eternity is, and when it begins. So when do you think eternity begins? When you die? Surprisingly that is the view many have of eternity. It seems to be something so very far away, something to be hoped for and attained, yet if we read the scriptures, we find that eternity begins the very moment we believe in Christ for salvation. Once we grasp that realization, we become more motivated to "lay up treasures" in heaven. We may also find ourselves looking for a deeper relationship with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He IS, afterall, the very reason we're offered eternity with Him. This book brings to light the realization that we should be striving toward eternity, as something we already have, yet want to add to. While Tyndale House Publishers has provided a copy of this book to me at no charge, they have in no way tried to influence my review. Everything I have said is of my own opinion and mindset. Having said that, I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants a deeper insight into what eternity really is.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    The previous book I read: Soul Keeping, was great. I think I am spoiled by it. I assumed Eternity is Now In Session would be like it. I'm a little disappointed. It's probably just as good. It could (theoretically, be better, but I don't think it was. I'm probably being entirely unfair to Mr. Ortberg. My lack of enthusiasm isn't his fault. I highlighted some really good passages that I should go back through and journal about. Years ago, I discovered that God gives us three different kinds of gi The previous book I read: Soul Keeping, was great. I think I am spoiled by it. I assumed Eternity is Now In Session would be like it. I'm a little disappointed. It's probably just as good. It could (theoretically, be better, but I don't think it was. I'm probably being entirely unfair to Mr. Ortberg. My lack of enthusiasm isn't his fault. I highlighted some really good passages that I should go back through and journal about. Years ago, I discovered that God gives us three different kinds of gifts (at least.) One kind is confirmation. We see it and we think, "Yep." Another is epiphany. To it, we say, "Wow!" Third is mystery, and we respond with a "Huh?" I wanted epiphany. I got mostly confirmation. It's a good gift, but I wanted "Wow."

  16. 5 out of 5

    Trevor Winsor

    My first experience with Ortberg's writing was refreshing and life-giving. In his book, Eternity is Now in Session, Ortberg makes a case for seeing Salvation in Christ not as the "minimum requirements" to getting into heaven, but more of "getting heaven into you." Ortberg shows us that being a Christian isn't "getting into the club," but becoming more and more like Jesus in our daily lives. This was a great book with great insights. I love Ortberg's style of writing. You can hear his experience a My first experience with Ortberg's writing was refreshing and life-giving. In his book, Eternity is Now in Session, Ortberg makes a case for seeing Salvation in Christ not as the "minimum requirements" to getting into heaven, but more of "getting heaven into you." Ortberg shows us that being a Christian isn't "getting into the club," but becoming more and more like Jesus in our daily lives. This was a great book with great insights. I love Ortberg's style of writing. You can hear his experience as a pastor and a doctor of clinical psychology in his writing. It's a beautiful weaving of a holistic style to communicating. Thankful to have read this book!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Breah Ponce

    this is a must-read! I appreciate so much about this book, the idea of centered-ness around Christ as opposed to a bounded-set mindset, the good news that Christ himself was spreading, the idea of heaven , His kingdom, coming to earth now as opposed to "us going there" someday, and also the idea that there is no "do the minimum requirements to get entrance in heaven". might be my favorite book of the year! this is so well-written, easy to understand and full of truth. it makes so much sense, and this is a must-read! I appreciate so much about this book, the idea of centered-ness around Christ as opposed to a bounded-set mindset, the good news that Christ himself was spreading, the idea of heaven , His kingdom, coming to earth now as opposed to "us going there" someday, and also the idea that there is no "do the minimum requirements to get entrance in heaven". might be my favorite book of the year! this is so well-written, easy to understand and full of truth. it makes so much sense, and I'm thankful that it was written and that I read it! I know this is one that I will read again and again.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Beverly

    One of Ortberg’s Best Yet As I grow as a Christian I’m often surprised to find out how many misconceptions I have about Christ’s teaching. We too often fail to fully understand that a there is more to being a Christian than being baptized and confirmed. We make a statement of faith but miss the important part—actually following Jesus every day as we seek to become more like him. It’s about more than being good. It’s a life change. You won’t find a better explanation of what discipleship is about One of Ortberg’s Best Yet As I grow as a Christian I’m often surprised to find out how many misconceptions I have about Christ’s teaching. We too often fail to fully understand that a there is more to being a Christian than being baptized and confirmed. We make a statement of faith but miss the important part—actually following Jesus every day as we seek to become more like him. It’s about more than being good. It’s a life change. You won’t find a better explanation of what discipleship is about than this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Peter

    What’s is salvation, is it more than meeting the minimum entrance requirements for eternity? What is eternity anyways? In the first half of the book John Ortberg takes on these topics and debunks our common understandings of both salvation and eternity. In the second half he goes over what our journey with Jesus can be like: Awakening to seeing God; Purgation - leaving our baggage behind; forming a new mental map and recognizing the goal of true union with God. Book is a quick read but challenge What’s is salvation, is it more than meeting the minimum entrance requirements for eternity? What is eternity anyways? In the first half of the book John Ortberg takes on these topics and debunks our common understandings of both salvation and eternity. In the second half he goes over what our journey with Jesus can be like: Awakening to seeing God; Purgation - leaving our baggage behind; forming a new mental map and recognizing the goal of true union with God. Book is a quick read but challenges the transactional view of salvation and eternity.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Mark Taylor

    John Ortberg is a master wordsmith. This is a clear, pithy, delightfully-illustrated presentation of the with-God life that captures the imagination and corrects many of the damaging ways that Jesus' remarkably good news has been misunderstood and harmfully communicated in the recent generations. This book will correct the caricatures of the gospel that prevail among both Christians and their critics. Read this book and let it illuminate your faith. John Ortberg is a master wordsmith. This is a clear, pithy, delightfully-illustrated presentation of the with-God life that captures the imagination and corrects many of the damaging ways that Jesus' remarkably good news has been misunderstood and harmfully communicated in the recent generations. This book will correct the caricatures of the gospel that prevail among both Christians and their critics. Read this book and let it illuminate your faith.

  21. 4 out of 5

    David

    A great way to see Eternity in this life I’ve been seeking more about what heaven will be. This book came up in my search. And I have to say it is very enlightening. I particularly like the reference to dancing, as that is me “not a dancer” till recently taking lessons with my wife of 32 years. What a joy! If the metaphor is like being with Jesus, I’m in!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beverly

    What did I think? Well, it’s making me think. And pray. It’s the first book I can remember re-reading as soon as I finished it. I need more time to process what God is teaching me through this insightful book. (My mantra is usually “so many books, so little time”, but I gotta park here a little longer.)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Danny Theurer

    In short, this is an incredible book for those who are either trying to wrap their minds around following Christ OR for those who are teaching others what it means to follow Christ. Ortberg nails these subjects and provides some occasional jaw-on-the-ground moments for those who are looking for more dense meat. Solid solid work.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mike Sr.

    Wonderful and thoughtful book about the difference between following Jesus, and living with Him rather than simply believing in Him. I've listened to this book a couple of times and will be marking favorite sections in the eBook. I can't over-recommend. Very well done! Wonderful and thoughtful book about the difference between following Jesus, and living with Him rather than simply believing in Him. I've listened to this book a couple of times and will be marking favorite sections in the eBook. I can't over-recommend. Very well done!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Camilo Colorado

    Fantastic book. Really got me thinking more about living out my eternity right now as a disciple of Christ. Loved so many of the messages in the book. I will keep this book and reread every so often to continue to learn and grow from it. Cannot recommend it enough. Must read!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Blake Western

    The author emphasizes that following Christ is a daily experience. It is not just entering the gate to escape Hell and go to Heaven, but it involves all of life. He shows that we should not separate discipleship into a separate category. It is well written and easy to read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    If I could give this book 6 stars I would. John Ortberg explains what it means to be a follower of Jesus vs. a Christian in name only. Many people consider themselves Christians that do not follow Jesus. And he does it in a very interesting way, combining stories with teaching from scripture.

  28. 5 out of 5

    George Baker

    This was a great read. I’ve always like John Ortberg’s writing but found this book to be one his best...for me at least. It really made think about my understanding of salvation and eternity and opened my eyes to a deeper understanding of both.

  29. 5 out of 5

    SO JAMES L

    Profound Simplicity What basics of the Christian faith and how to live it was lost in a complicated and people-impressing church teaching. Eternity brought back the simple truths to live a profound life, from now to eternity.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Moving Closer to God in This Life I have read a number of John's book and by far recommended this book to anyone that is seeking a closer relationship with Christ in the here and now for Eternity starts now. Moving Closer to God in This Life I have read a number of John's book and by far recommended this book to anyone that is seeking a closer relationship with Christ in the here and now for Eternity starts now.

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