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Inspirational publishers explore new territory
Getting to know God
Author John Ortberg insists that God Himself is eager to reach out His hand and touch you. He quotes a passage by the writer Frederick Buechner: "There is no event so commonplace but that God is present within it, always hiddenly, always leaving you room to recognize him or not." Ortberg takes this as the thesis statement for his book, God Is Closer Than You Think. To Ortberg, God is not some unknowable, amorphous being. He is a heavenly Father who is deeply interested in everything about us. If we could just grasp that concept, he says, we could enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with him. Shot through with examples from life, the Bible and the great thinkers of history, God Is Closer Than You Think makes a convincing argument for pursuing intimacy with the Almighty.
Mike Parker writes from Murfreesboro, Tennessee.