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Spirituality for the Rest of Us: A Down-to-Earth Guide to Knowing God [Kindle Edition]

Larry Osborne
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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“This is a good book for people who like reading books about spiritual growth.  It’s even better for people who don’t! If you’ve ever thought that maybe you “just weren’t the spiritual type,’ this book’s for you.”
-John Ortberg

“Rich wisdom brilliantly communicated by a very talented writer. Takes the blinders off and opens your eyes to some strange and unique ways God works.”
-Stephen Arterburn


“This book will speak to everyong who has ever felt ‘left out’ spiritually. Larry’s insights cut through the commonly accepted, guilt-induced world of religion as he caputures the raw essence of New Testament relationship.”
-Craig Groeschel


From the Trade Paperback edition.


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“This is a good book for people who like reading books about spiritual growth.  It’s even better for people who don’t! If you’ve ever thought that maybe you “just weren’t the spiritual type,’ this book’s for you.”
-John Ortberg


“Rich wisdom brilliantly communicated by a very talented writer. Takes the blinders off and opens your eyes to some strange and unique ways God works.”
-Stephen Arterburn


“This book will speak to everyong who has ever felt ‘left out’ spiritually. Larry’s insights cut through the commonly accepted, guilt-induced world of religion as he caputures the raw essence of New Testament relationship.”
-Craig Groeschel


"This is a good book for people who like reading books about spiritual growth.  It’s even better for people who don’t! If you’ve ever thought that maybe you “just weren’t the spiritual type,’ this book’s for you."
-John Ortberg


From the Trade Paperback edition.

About the Author

Larry Osborne is a senior pastor at North Coast Church in Vista, California, a multi-campus ministry recognized as one of the ten most influential churches in America. His books on spirituality and leadership reach a wide audience. He lives in Oceanside, California with his wife and family.

Product Details

  • File Size: 562 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books (April 14, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0026772HO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,839 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book May 16, 2009
Format:Paperback
This is the same book as "A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God" by the same author. They added questions at the end of each chapter so you can use it for a group discussion. (They were formerly available online). It's not as good of paper as the first book, but the information makes up for it. I found this book to be a refreshing look at having a relationship with Christ if you're not wired to journal, read theology every day, and pray for hours. The book addresses the fact that most Christian books are written by bookworms, and therefore see everything from that perspective. I, being an artistic ADD type (some might call me "flaky":) who loves Jesus Christ was encouraged to know I wasn't alone. My faith is legitimate as those who are wired to be scholars. If you're a bookworm, I'd recommend the reading to see how the other half thinks.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book Under a New Name August 3, 2009
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I read "Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God" and loved it. I got a copy for my pastor, and he loved it, too. The book forced me to rethink so many things I had grown up just assuming were true, because that's how I was taught. I've been following Larry Osborne's blog, too, and appreciate what he has to say. I've quoted him a few times on my blog.

So when I saw that Larry Osborne had another book, "Spirituality for the Rest of Us," I ordered it on Amazon. It arrived today. Browsing through the table of contents, I realized it was the exact same book as "A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God," except that they threw in some study questions. Even in all the tributes from Christian leaders, they substituted this new book name for the previous one. Buying on Amazon, I didn't notice the note on the cover and copyright page saying this book was previously published as "A Contrarian's Guide to Knowing God."

So I unknowingly bought a third copy of this book. I'll give it away, and somebody will profit from it. But is it really necessary to change the title of a book that's only been out two years?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spirituality that Makes Sense July 15, 2009
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This book is a must read. You'll read through it and discover that Osborne is verbalizing many things you hadn't before because you'd been taught to believe otherwise. Osborne does a great job of stripping American culture away from Scripture and getting back to its original intend. Great read and very freeing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read February 26, 2014
By Alice
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This is what I have always thought but never heard anyone else say. Knowing God doesn't mean fitting into religious stereotypes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read Spirituality for the Rest of Us! December 27, 2013
By Jonilou
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If you do not fit into the spiritual norms of the day and the culture than this book is for you. If you think people who say they are Christians must fit into a certain mold than this book is for you, too. I am learning so much about my individuality nin the Lord and to be okay with it regardless of what others think I should be.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Knowing God: It's Not One-Size-Fits-All December 25, 2010
Format:Paperback
What a helpful, encouraging book! Here's fresh hope for anyone who doesn't always relate well to monks, scribes, and seminary professors. What if you really want to know God --- but you'd rather not become a bookish introvert to do so?

Larry Osborne writes the way he speaks --- engaging, candid, funny, wise --- he captures your interest, holds your interest, and then rewards your interest. This is an excellent book about how to get closer to God --- without having to rewire your hard drive or change your entire personality.

Want to know God? Want to grow spiritually? Grab this book and prepare to be surprised --- in a good way.

Dr. David Frisbie
The Center for Marriage & Family Studies
Del Mar, California
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Spiritual Living January 15, 2011
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Osborne takes a fresh look at what spiritually actually is, as opposed to the man-made religious rules & traditions. This book truly is down to earth in the principals shown, and is Biblically accurate. It will challenge many of the ideas we're taught about God and spiritually, but I think that is a good thing. I would highly recommend this for small group study or individual study for someone searching for truth.
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More About the Author

Larry Osborne is one of the senior and teaching pastors at North Coast Church in Vista, California. Under his leadership, weekend attendance has grown from 128 to over 10,000. Recognized nationally as one of the 10 Most Influential Churches in America and one of the most innovative, North Coast Church pioneered the use of video worship venues and is one of the leaders in the multi-site movement with more than 31 local worship options each weekend-each one targeted at a different missional demographic. More than 90 percent of North Coast's average weekend attendance participates in weekly sermon-based small groups, a concept that is spreading across the nation as an alternative to traditional small group methodologies. Osborne's books include Innovation's Dirty Little Secret, Accidental Pharisees, Sticky Teams, Sticky Church, Mission Creep, The Unity Factor, A Contrarian's Guide to Spirituality and 10 Dumb Things Smart Christians Believe.

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