Book Overview

Intimacy with God can happen right now if you want it. A closeness you can feel, a goodness you can taste, a reality you can experience for yourself. That’s what the Bible promises, so why settle for less? God is closer than you think, and connecting with him isn’t just for monks and ascetics. It’s for business people, high school students, busy moms, single men, single women … and most important, it’s for YOU.

God Is Closer Than You Think shows how you can enjoy a vibrant, moment-by-moment relationship with your heavenly Father. Bestselling author John Ortberg reveals the face of God waiting to be discovered in the complex mosaic of your life. He shows you God’s hand stretching toward you. And, with his gift for storytelling, Ortberg illustrates the ways you can reach toward God and complete the connection―to your joy and his.

Favorite Quotes

  1. The story of the Bible isn’t primarily about the desire of people to be with God; it’s the desire of God to be with people (14).
  2. When we wake up, our first thoughts are more apt to go toward the burden of all we have to do today rather than the excitement of God’s promise to partner with us (35).
  3. Sometimes “sitting at Jesus feet” means we have to stop doing what we have been doing and start doing something else (58).
  4. Everything doesn’t depend on me.  I go to sleep.  God goes to work.  It’s his day (73).
  5. Every thought is – at least to a small extent – God-breathed or God-avoidant; leading to death or leading toward life (90).
  6. He’s the One who made us, and he made us to be wildly, wonderfully, absurdly different from each other (121).
Travis Agnew is a Christian, husband, father, pastor, author, blogger, and religion instructor.