Life is like a game. It moves towards a goal, has rules to follow, and won't go on forever. John Ortberg explains how to play the game of life in When the Game is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box. Rather than striving to be Master of the Board, Ortberg reminds us that the object of life is to be rich towards God---loving Him and loving others. Everything else---your possessions, your resume, your money, your power---will all go back in the box when your life is over. Learn how to play the game, recognize hazards along the way, and collect eternal trophies when you follow Ortberg's kingdom-based strategy!
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A promotion. A new house. The rewards of winning at lifes game can be thrilling. But eventually everything goes back into the box, and what ultimately matters is whether weve played according to Gods rules. John Ortberg uses popular games and his trademark gift of storytelling to help us live our lives for the things that really count.
John Ortberg is a pastor at Menlo Park Presbyterian Church in Menlo Park, California. He is the bestselling author of When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box; The Life You've Always Wanted; and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get Out of the Boat. Now that their children are grown, John and his wife Nancy enjoy surfing the Pacific to help care for their souls.
Pastor and bestselling author Ortberg (God Is Closer Than You Think;
Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them) offers a thoughtfully written
instruction manual for Christian "game players" of all ages. Using games as a
metaphor, Ortberg presents carefully considered tactics for succeeding in life
from God's vantage point. Each chapter weaves the rules of gaming with the
Christian journey: understanding the object of the game (being spiritually
"rich" toward God); the setup (keeping score, taking turns, preventing
regret); how to play (with rules, gratitude and a mission); hazards
(competition, greed, losing); and winning (choosing the right trophies).
Christians will especially appreciate Ortberg's wise counsel on being the kind
of player other people want to sit next to, as he exhorts readers to learn to
lose with grace, win with grace and forgive with grace. Perspective is key;
after all, "when the game is over, it all goes back in the box." Ortberg
demonstrates some finesse in bringing together the extended game imagery with
various real-life stories that are by turns comical and poignant. With
excellent tools for personal and group study alike, this book's strategy
offers a win-win solution. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.