• The Me I Want to Be

  • Becoming God's Best Version of You
  • By: John Ortberg
  • Narrated by: John Ortberg
  • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (600 ratings)

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By: John Ortberg
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Publisher's Summary

The Me I Want to Be will help you discover spiritual vitality like never before as you learn to "live in the flow of the spirit."

Why does spiritual growth seem so difficult?

God's vision for your life is not just that you are saved by grace, but that you also learn to live by grace, flourishing with the Spirit flowing through you. And this book will show how God's perfect vision for you starts with a powerful promise: All those who trust in God "will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit" (Jeremiah 17:7-8).

Pastor and best-selling author John Ortberg first helps gauge your spiritual health and measure the gap between where you are now and where God intends you to be. Then he provides detailed tasks and exercises to help you live in the flow of the Spirit, circumventing real-world barriers - pain and sorrow, temptations, self-doubt, sin - to flourish even in a dark and broken world.

As you start living in the flow, you will feel:

  • A deeper connection with God
  • A growing sense of joy
  • An honest recognition of your brokenness
  • Less fear and more trust
  • A growing sense of being "rooted in love"
  • And a deeper sense of purpose.

God invites you to join him in crafting an abundant and joy-filled life. The Me I Want to Be shows you how to graciously accept his invitation.

Spanish edition also available, as well as a video study and study guide.

©2010 John Ortberg (P)2010 Zondervan

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Have listened several times

I have struggled long in my Christian life with slow or no growth and guilt. Being brought up in a fundamental church by a father who while sincere, was into formalism and outward appearances of the Christian, understanding and applying grace in my life has been difficult. The Me I Want To Be connected with me. Helped me better understand the role of grace in my life and the transforming of my character. Another good book on a christian walk that emphasizes humbling yourself before God so that HE will exalt you at the proper time. I will be getting other books by this author.

The audio was decent, done as well as any other books I have listened that are read by the author.

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Excellent!

I thoroughly enjoyed the author's sense of humor and appreciated his humility. This book gave me a new perspective on the Holy Spirit and taught me a better way to handle problems that arise in my everyday life. Everyone should listen to this at least once. I am keeping on my mp3 player to listen to again and again.

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I learned a lot from this

This is a great book. One thing to be aware of is that they have the tags wrong and this shows here that it is written and read by John Ortberg; when I downloaded it, it shows the author is Thomas C Oden and the narrator is John Ortberg; the truth is that it was written by John Ortberg and narrated by Thomas Oden. It's not a big deal to me, but it is somthing I wish they would correct.

As for the book itself, John is serious about many things but has a great sense of humor that makes this a joy to listen to and packed with wonderful lessons. I highly recommend this book. It isn't a one-size-fits-all, feel-good book. Practical and entertaining. Be the person God wants you to be.

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AWSOME BOOK~

If you could sum up The Me I Want to Be in three words, what would they be?

A friend of mine told me about this book and ive been meaning to read it. I never have the time until i found out about audible. I thought listening to a book wouldnt be that great. The author of this book reads it and i love it. I listen to it at the office and im listening to it for the 4th time, it doesnt get old. everyone at work loves it too!

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The Me I want to Be

I enjoyed this book very much. From the title it seems it would be about being selfish, it is not. A lot of wisdom, honesty, really great. Enjoyed his voice also. I highly recommend it. Certain revelations come to a person when needed, this was one of them.

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Great book! We are going to use this in our small group. The stories that he used to illustrated his points were memorable.

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Exellent!

If you could sum up The Me I Want to Be in three words, what would they be?

Refreshing, Insightful, Liberating

What did you like best about this story?

John does a great job of communicating Biblical truths that are not dry, irrelevant, or holier than thou. The author is speaking to me, not down to me.

What about John Ortberg’s performance did you like?

There is no doubt that John is speaking from firsthand experience in this book. In addition, his knowledge as a psychologist helps him relate to people better than theologians.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Do not compare yourself to other people.

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Excellent Book

Would you listen to The Me I Want to Be again? Why?

This is one that I will listen to again from time to time, mostly because it's a great book to reflect on. Becoming God's best version of ourselves isn't going to happen over night, so practice and reflection is required.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

ultimate surrender

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Funny, Deep, and thought-provoking; great read.

the last 4 chapters are full; I had to read and digest them slowly.

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Love it!!!

I picked up this book in desperation. I’ve been running on fumes lately. From the very beginning of the book he had me hooked! He disclosed about half way through that he’s an enneagram 3, but I totally knew from the beginning. I needed his wisdom and grace. Also, he’s super funny. I love the dad jokes tossed in here and there. He is easy to listen to. It feels like a conversation.

I highly recommend if you are feeling disconnected from who you feel like you should be or who you know you are. I’ll probably listen several more times.
The only downfall is that the assessment he talks about in the book is no longer available.

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  • Louise Roux
  • 01-01-21

Wow!

Simply written...no difficult issues I have to try and understand. Just God's heart and truth spoken plainly.
Enjoyed it immensely. Definitely the me I want to become.

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  • Jasper
  • 02-01-18

Inspiring

it kept me listening. got through out much quicker than if i was reading text.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-29-16

Great book. Thought provoking!!

Enjoyed listening to a book read by the author. Changed some things in my life due to this book. Thanks John.

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  • Essie
  • 08-17-16

Another awesome book from John Ortberg

Really enjoyed listening to this book. He points out what's important, what priority and also what hinders us from being the me I want to be. I'll be listening to this book in future again.

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  • Muller
  • 05-22-15

Muller

great book... well put together. just get. you can be what you whant to be.

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  • Noel A Brown
  • 05-05-15

Stimulating; provocative heart - warming

I have completed this audio book for the umpteenth time and each time it gets "gooder and gooder"
I found the style of writing is attractive.. I felt the author got the balance right between theologiy narrative and scriptural application. I found the book easy to understand and deeply profound. Highly readable. If it is possible to choose a highlight of the book it would be the forgiveness theme when 3 soon to be missionaries and the witnessing audience experience forgiveness. That blew me away. Also the section in which the author grappled with the dilemma of the church being a place for confessing sin rather than hiding sin under a veneer .
I am likely to reread many many more times as I seek to be " the me God wants me to be"

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  • Amy
  • 07-11-13

Thought-provoking

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, John Ortberg isn't afraid to challenge and the way he reads just draws you in

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Me I Want to Be?

Feeling like I can be who I am

Which character – as performed by John Ortberg – was your favourite?

I didn't have a favourite

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to be who you can be

Any additional comments?

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  • Patricio Cabrera V.
  • 12-10-21

Don't listen if you aren't religious

im not religious(I'm agnostic) and he talks a lot of God, I think it should be a book for everyone, not just for believers.