Funny at times....but always thoughtful.
I usually don't listen to non-fiction, but this was just fantastic. I really laughed at some of the absurd things that Ortberg points out about our behavior toward each other. In one chapter he presents the mathematics of sin and it is truly a funny and vivid point. Although the author is a Christian minister, he also points out what is unappealing and un-Christian about our churches and our culture. But it doesn't sting, because he is never strident or insulting. He just has a wonderful way of presenting the truth about our failures and successes in being Christians in Community. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with getting along and having charity to your spouse, children, extended family and fellow man. It really helped me to resolve to judge less and love more in my life.
I first have to say that when I ordered this book I didnt realize I ordered it on Audio Cassette. I am now hooked on books on tape. This book was so inspiring that my nightly walks with my dog went from 20 minutes to a full hour. Ortberg is a Christian Minister and though I was brought up in a Christian household I dont actively practice my religion (i.e. church on Sundays, reading the daily word etc) so I wasnt sure if I would like his teachings. Boy was I wrong. I really laughed at some of the absurd things that Ortberg points out about our behavior toward each other. Ortberg points out what is unappealing and un-Christian about our churches and our culture today, but not in a hell and brimstone kind of way. He just has a way of presenting the truth about Christians Communitys in their failures and successes. His teaches are about community and accepting one another as is. I recommend this book/audio tapes to anyone who is struggling with getting along with others, forgiveness, accepting yourself and what it means to be part of a community. It has helped me a lot with my own judgments and forgiveness.