• If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat

  • By: John Ortberg
  • Narrated by: Maurice England
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (313 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

You're one step away from the adventure of your life. John Ortberg invites you to consider the incredible potential that awaits you outside your comfort zone.

Deep within you lies the same faith and longing that sent Peter walking across the wind-swept Sea of Galilee toward Jesus. In what ways is the Lord telling you, as he did Peter, "Come"?

Out on the risky waters of faith, Jesus is waiting to meet you in ways that will change you forever, deepening your character and your trust in God. The experience is terrifying. It's thrilling beyond belief. It's everything you'd expect of someone worthy to be called Lord.

The choice is yours to know him as only a water-walker can, aligning yourself with God’s purpose for your life in the process. There's just one requirement: If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat.

In this Christianity Today award-winning listen, best-selling author John Ortberg pushes you to take the last step that separates you from the adventure of your life. And, as a result, you will learn to:

  • Recognize God's presence
  • Discern between faith and foolishness
  • Not only expect problems, but field them when they come
  • Reorient your thoughts about failure and see it as an opportunity to grow
  • Wait on the Lord
  • And, ultimately, connect more deeply with God

Features discussion questions at the end of each section to enhance your reflection and spiritual growth. Also perfect for small group discussion.

©2010 John Ortberg (P)2010 Zondervan

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The Most Annoying Narrator, EVER

I love John Ortberg and all his work; I own it all including the abridged version of this title. As soon as i saw unabridged version, mindlessly, i bought it. 5 minutes into the title, and I was unable to deal with Mr. England's narration and annunciation. Dr. Ortberg is a gifted storyteller and a fantastic narrator. I wish that he never allow anyone else touches his audio books and I wish that he would narrate them all. The material is fantastic; read the book in print and buy the abridged version. If you like John Ortberg and his work, stay FAR AWAY from this version of this title.

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inspiration and motivating

this is a good one to listen to over and over again. Especially good if you are in a sry season and are looking for encouragement to get you moving forward.

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Life changing book!

This book changed my entire thought process on what it means to find your calling and passion.

The stories he shared were funny and relatable with a solid moral at the end.

I laughed, took notes and bookmarked a bunch of clips.

I can't wait to apply everything I am taking away from this wonderful book!

My best nugget was we cannot try harder at faith, work harder to receive faith, Simply draw near to God seek and you will find!

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Great Book

If you could sum up If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat in three words, what would they be?

I love John's writing style ans especially love it when he reads his own books. A great book on taking risks for God.

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Inspiring & Challenging

Loved this book! It's challenged my desire for a deeper trust in God. It's so interesting. The author discusses reasons for why we, as Christians, tend to stay in the comforts and security of our "boats." He discusses fear from a psychological point of view in its natural and God-given state and reasons for healthy fear. He also addresses unhealthy fear & anxiety and how to combat it work trust & faith in God. I love his descriptions of different personalities types and why some people can be more prone to fear. His examples and lessons are taken from people throughout Scripture. It's an incredibly intriguing perspective!!! Totally inspiring for me!

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Outstanding

Such an awesome study! Love the intensity of scripture, multiple ways to do the study also.

Looks at fears and also how wonderfully Big and powerful God is. Excellent small group study!

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a book I needed

love this book! I am ready to get out of the boat! I feel so encouraged and I am ready to let go of fear and embrace what God has called to do. he is in control not me. thank you!

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Excellent!!!!!

I enjoyed the humor throughout the book. Reading this book validated my faith, strengthened my resolve, and expanded my horizons. Highly recommended.

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Convicting

I love how Pastor John Ortberg wrote this book with bible examples and scriptures but also his own personal experiences (many made me laugh) which touched my heart and soul and has motivated my walk with my Lord. Also several chapters were useful for ministry to my children — they are getting the book for Christmas. I look forward to reading more books by Pastor Ortberg.

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probably will read this book again!

great book. reader was great. glad my church recommend. stretched me. easy read. please enjoy.

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  • 05-20-12

I want to get out of the boat!!

Challenging, Inspiring and practical ways of putting your faith into practice and overcoming the fear that you may fail!

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  • cobby wallace
  • 09-22-20

Brilliant read. The reader had the right voice .

The rendition was perfect. You felt invited to walk along and explore charming streams. Pleasant

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-18

God calls us to get out of our comfort zone

If you want to be challenge yourself as to whether you are in or out of the boat in your journey with Jesus this is the book for you

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  • Marcin
  • 11-17-17

very good and encouraging book

I loved the book, I will listen to it for second time as it is worth it

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  • francesca thompson
  • 04-13-13

A lovely book

A very lovely book; I find the American accent somewhat irriating, however, on content I found it interesting and inspiring. The Biblical text is a bit missing leading somewhat, but just has to look at the text to whom the author is referring to, to get it right.

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  • Steve
  • 03-24-22

Basic

although Enjoyable,,i found it slightly predictable, encouraging, insightful. recommend you listen to it to make your own mind up

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  • Annette Jones
  • 05-22-19

Loved it second time round

Felt compelled to listen to this book again. Certainly not disappointed. Definitely worth reading the paperback as well.
Liked the narrator, easy on the ear, hence happy to listen to it again.

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  • M. Coull
  • 08-15-18

Don’t buy if you don’t want to be judged by god

Bought this book on recommendation that it has been life changing for some.
I could not get past the early chapter advising that God will be waiting with a performance review of your life for you, (if you reach heaven) so you’d better make sure you do something good with your life or he’ll have something to say about it.
Well....so much for religion being welcoming and encouraging to folks who haven’t lived a perfect life or are unlikely to do anything spectacular in the future.
For me, looking for a spiritual pathway, this completely turned me off. Despite attempts to persevere with this book I just could not get past this section. I will be looking elsewhere for ‘spiritual enlightenment’ i’m afraid.