I finished my 14th book for the #EmptyShelf challenge.
If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat by John Ortberg
I’ve actually finished 18 books at this point due to being wicked pregnant and encouraged to stay off my swollen feet. Today is the baby’s due date, so I’m trying to finish up a few of these posts before she arrives 🙂
I was introduced to John Ortberg almost a decade ago. I don’t remember who encouraged me to read his books, but I’m so glad they did!
I know I had started this book previously, but I’m unsure if I ever finished it before. I ‘m so glad I did now! It was a very appropriate book for the season that we’ve been in for over 2 years now, almost 3, when God called us to make the big step of moving to Virginia. Though we are now back in Massachusetts, that was another big step in choosing to trust God when we’re not sure what He could be doing.
The premise of the book is based on Matthew 14, where Jesus walks on water toward the disciples and beckons Peter to come to him. The book outlines several other stories from Scripture where people are called out of their comfort zones and into a life of faith and trust.
I’m not much for underlining in books unless it’s a text book. I’m more of the dog ear type. Well, this book is more dog-earred than any other I’ve read this year. Just so many relevant and challenging points. So many little takeaways. Here are a few.
“What am I doing that I could not do apart from the power of God?” pg. 79
“If I had it all to do over again – I would have trusted Christ more.” pg. 88
“Your heart is revealed and your character is forged when life does not turn out the way you planned.” pg. 100-101
“Worry is fear that has unpacked its bags and signed a long-term lease.” pg. 123
“It is fear that threatens to keep people from trusting and obeying God.” pg. 124
And there were many more.
If you are in a season where God is calling you to do faith-filled scary things, this book is for you. If you simply want to learn to rely on God more in everyday life, this book is for you. If you are tired of fear dictating your choices, this book is for you.
I imagine that pretty much covers everyone 🙂
My books so far on the #EmptyShelf challenge: