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If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat has ratings John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you. “Failure does not shape you; the way you respond to failure shapes you.” ― John Ortberg Jr., If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat. If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat is a book written by John Ortberg that uses the New Testament account of Jesus walking.

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I have often felt inadequate in just about everything I do.

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Why is it so important for us to know the competence and trustworthiness of whoever pilots our lives? Kn will have to be God and me doing it together [I like to say God working through me as His instrument]. He alone knew what it was to attempt to do what he was not capable of doing on his own, then feeling the euphoria of being empowered by God to actually do it. But what happened as they sailed?

But for some people it becomes a kind of goad to push on to new learning, deeper persistence, more vigorous commitment, more courageous hearts. Account Options Sign in. It’s all about faith and finding God every day.

However, the chapter about “seeing the wind” and orrberg about failure management — and learning from failure itself — really made me see that there is no point in worrying about it. I am not a particularly religious person but I do consider myself very spiritual.

There is something — Someone — inside us who tells us there is more to life than sitting in the boat. Dec 08, Darin rated it it was amazing. I also liked the last chapter, a reflection on worshipping a big God.

Hardcoverpages. Especially because imbuing the players with bad attitudes and negative responses seems to diminish some of the reverence or honor we should give to these characters. Jun 21, Lizzie rated it it was amazing. It is the way true faith develops.


Think about It Failure is not an event, but rather a judgment about an event. The kind of assignments God gives in the Bible are always God-sized. My library Help Advanced Book Search. The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, al What could you life be if you’d just get out of the boat? The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena… who, at ortbedg, knows in the end the triumph of great achievement, and who, at the ortbreg, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.

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Register to Watch or Login. Winner of the Christianity Today Book Award! This is the kind of book that helps you look at yourself and your walk in life with a different perspective. Everything in life has risks, and the only true failure is being a “boat potato!

The third and fourth chapter I had to sludge through, but only because I am tired of the Christian version of “find the color of your parachute” so you can serve Jesus better.

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What I don’t like about this book is, because these are very good, thoughtful sermons, I feel I need more time to internalize the inspiration and challenges each chapter presents. The real question is what might God want to do through me.

I found myself laughing out loud several times during the course of this book. What is it that most produces fear in me — especially when I think of leaving it behind and stepping out in faith? I highly recommend the book to anyone who is trying to gain a better understanding of how Biblical principles relate to everyday life.

Lists with This Book. Most of them sound very contrived–like a Reader’s Digest joke or a made up story. I loved this book! I started listening to this book not realizing that it is written by a Christian minister. Those who can learn from it, retaining a deep sense of their own value and marshaling the motivation to try again, become masters of ortbwrg management. In an effort to be funny and current, he imbues these stories with a lot of current day language and he assigns motivations to some of the characters that I don’t think he earned a right to take liberties on.


God asks an ordinary person to engage in an act of extraordinary trust, that of getting out of the boat. This is probably the best book I’ve read this year. This not only involves a mental acknowledgement of God’s power, but requires them to take a step of action based on the assumption that God is trustworthy as well.

To people around us? Apr 15, Heather Lyle rated it it was amazing.

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The ninth chapter, on waiting, was fantastic and worth the effort of trudging through 3 and 4. I’m so grateful I was given the opportunity to read it. If we keep choosing not to step out of our boats, what happens to us? Knowing when to get out of the boat and take a risk does not only demand courage; it also demands the wisdom to ask the right questions, the discernment to recognize the voice of the Master, and the patience to wait for His command.

Your boat is whatever represents safety and security to you apart from God Himself. And they become part of His actions to redeem the world. It is light and entertaining and he has a great sense of humor. The word vocation comes from the Latin word for voice. Life without the remote control is an unbearable burden for the average American family.