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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (February 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310234492
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310234494
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Pandy” was only a child’s rag doll—one arm missing, the stuffing pulled out of her. But in the eyes of the small girl who loved her, she was priceless.

It may not be a very sophisticated image, but in it you can glimpse God’s love—love that ascribes value beyond reason, far beyond the intrinsic worth of its object. God loves you not because you’re flawless, not because you’re a perfect person, but just because you are. And in returning his love, he wants you to love others the same way.

In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God you’ve longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with you, his child, and intensely committed to your highest joy. Ortberg takes you to the very core of God’s being to discover a burning, passionate love that gives, and gives, and gives. He explores the life-changing ways this love has expressed itself through Jesus. And he shows how you, like Jesus, can love your mate, your family, your friends, and the world around you with the same practical, transforming love.

Using powerful and moving illustrations, Ortberg demonstrates the different characteristics of love—how it . . . hears the heart touches the untouchable delights in giving second chances balances gentleness and firmness teaches with wisdom walks in grace chooses the beloved searches for those in hiding . . . and walks in the kind of humility that, in the person of Jesus, willingly descended from the heights to don the rags of our rag-doll humanity.

Dispelling your fears and misconceptions, Love Beyond Reason shows you the true character of your heavenly Father. With passion and wisdom, John Ortberg brings you face-to-face with the Love that frees and empowers you to love -- Publisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It may not be a very sophisticated image, but in it we glimpse God's love--love that ascribes value beyond reason, far beyond the intrinsic worth of its object. God loves us not for what we are, but because we are. And in returning his love, he wants us to love each other the same way. In Love Beyond Reason, John Ortberg reveals the God we've longed to encounter: a Father head-over-heels in love with his children and intensely committed to their highest joy. Ortberg takes us to the very core of God's being to discover a burning, passionate love that gives, and gives, and gives. He explores the life-changing ways that love expressed itself through Jesus. And he shows how we, like Jesus, can love our mates, our families, our friends, and the world around us with the same practical, transforming love. Using powerful and moving illustrations, Ortberg demonstrates the different characteristics of love--how it hears the heart, touches the untouchable, delights in giving second chances, balances gentleness and firmness, teaches with wisdom, walks in grace, chooses the beloved, and searches for those in hiding. And how it walks in the kind of humility that, in the person of Jesus, willingly descended from the heights to don the rags of our rag-doll humanity. Dispelling our fears and misconceptions, Love Beyond Reason reveals the true character of our heavenly Father. With passion and wisdom, John Ortberg brings us face-to-face with the Love that frees and empowers us to love. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

John Ortberg is senior pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of Who Is This Man?; The Me I Want to Be; Know Doubt; When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; God Is Closer Than You Think; The Life You've Always Wanted; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them; If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat; Love Beyond Reason; and (with Kevin Harney) the multimedia curriculum Old Testament Challenge. Now that their children are grown, he and his wife, Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to care for their souls.

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The author drives home the reality and depth of God's love for each of us.
Carole Maltby
John Ortberg is one of those wonderful pastors who preaches well and people love to hear him preach --  and writes well -- and people love to read him.
John Jewell (john@sermonhelp.com)
This book has given me a clearer vision of how God truly loves his creation.
Jungran Lee

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By John Jewell (john@sermonhelp.com) on October 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
John Ortberg's latest book is one of a few that brings joy to my reading life.  It meets three criteria I have for my favorites as a parish pastor with strong constraints on my time. 1. It was personally enriching,  2. It will be helpful to many of my parishoners, 3. It will give me lots of sermon illustrations.
John Ortberg is one of those wonderful pastors who preaches well and people love to hear him preach --  and writes well -- and people love to read him. Years ago a woman who had been abused by her husband and went through a horrible divorce told me that as much as she believed intellectually that God loved her -- she could not accept emotionally that God loved her. I gave her John Powell's book, "Why Am I Afraid To Tell You Who I Am."  She said it helped.  Now, if I can just find her again, I want to send her, "Love Beyond Reason." It will not only give some help, it will encourage some healing.
Once in a while a book comes along that ends up on every parish pastor's book shelf.  This is one of those books. Get one for yourself and another for your church library. (After you've used all the illustrations!)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bethany McKinney Fox on December 30, 2001
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One of the most profound aspects of this book comes right in the introduction. John Ortberg mentions two types of love, a love that happens because of something seen of "value" in the beloved (talent, beauty, wit, etc.), and a love that creates value in the beloved (agape). The rest of the book is an explanation of how we are the beloved ones of God, and how we can live out that belovedness in a world where we feel we have to earn it. Many of the ideas in this book are parallel to those of Henri Nouwen's Life of the Beloved, but Ortberg's style is different in that he offers many stories and illustrations so that the truths become more vivid. While the subtitle ("Moving God's Love from your Head to your Heart") is a bit of a misnomer because he doesn't offer practical steps to do that, but the book is really a focus on and testament to God's tremendous love for his people; and in that way it brings that truth to a deeper level in the heart.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 6, 2002
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This book has opened doors into my soul, some that are very painful to open. Because of how God spoke to me through this servant of His, I am dealing with some of the areas in my life that I must allow Him to cleanse as I move closer to Him.
In addition, this book has provided me with tools that will help me in my spiritual journey. I can highly recommend this book to those that want to continue the journey toward God, those that aren't afraid to look inside and see what hinders them.
The lessons I learned from this book are so profound that I am going to read it again. You will not waste your money if you buy it.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Stretch on March 9, 2004
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While Ortberg's books appeal to a wide audience, I personally find them inspiring for people who are recent converts to Christianity or (like myself) have struggled in their walk. He is a masterful story teller and it shows in all his work. He has a way of stoking the fire and passion for a life in tune with the Holy Spirit. He reflects the philosophy of Dallas Willard and Dietrich Bonhoeffer with a much simpler tone.
This book is especially good at conveying what we as Christians should expect in our walk with Christ. Chapter 7 "The Roundabout Way" is by far my favorite of the book. The book is worth the price for this portion alone. He beautifully states why periods of spiritual "dryness" are necessary for growth, and how God's way is usually not the shortest or easiest, but always the best. You'll never get bored with an Ortberg book. He masterfully "re-parables" stories to fit into modern thinking.
I would recommend this book along with his others: Love Beyond Reason, Everybody's Normal Till you get to Know Them, and If You Want to Walk on Water You Gotta Get Out of the Boat. You won't be disappointed!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Kim F. Hill on December 25, 2002
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A few things I know, that we all want to be happy. The other thing I know is that God wants us to be happy. God in his wisdom has given the gift of teaching and fortunately for us one of his gifted teachers has writen this book explaining the key to happiness. Love and loving beyond reason.
I have read many Christian books and have found John Ortberg's Love Beyond Reason the most profitable for my Christian life. To know that Jesus is scandalously ready to forgive. Love means being 'for' the one who is loved. Love delights in and enjoys the one who is loved. Love pays attention. This is how God loves us. God pays attention to us. I could go on and on . Buy this book and come and see.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 30, 2004
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We are all rag dolls. As the previous reviewer says, there is vast power in these titles by John Ortberg for the new Christian. Recent converts will be able to grasp concepts about love, both Our Father's love for us and our love for each other, stated in a dynamic and powerful way. It is hard to love everyone and some people in our life are really difficult. It could be our boss, a family member or a friend that doesn't pass the "easy to love" test. But Mr. Ortberg tells us why this is exactly what we need to do, so we can be in harmony with our Father's vast and unthinkable love for us. Mr. Ortberg's talent is that he explains these concepts in a way that will make sense to a newby or a seasoned believer.
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