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With a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions, this expanded edition of The Life You've Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It's a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journey---Jesus Christ.
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You Can Live a Deeper, More Spiritual Life Right Where You Are. An expanded edition with a new chapter on prayer and discussion questions The heart of Christianity is transformationa relationship with God that impacts not just our "spiritual lives," but every aspect of living. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of ChristianityGods power to bring change and growthand reveals both the how and why of transformation. With a new chapter on prayer and added discussion questions, this expanded edition of The Life Youve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But this is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. Its a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the object of the journeyJesus Christ. As with a marathon runner, the secret to winning the race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistentlytraining with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor an end in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spiritjoy, peace, kindness, etc.are the signposts along the way. Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life Youve Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life thats worth livinga life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.
John Ortberg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man?, and If You Want to Walk on Water, Youve Got to Get out of the Boat. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches, writes articles for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and is on the board of the Dallas Willard Center and Fuller Seminary. He has preached sermons on Abraham Lincoln, The LEGO Movie, and The Gospel According to Les Miserables. John and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their three adult children, dog Baxter, and surfing the Pacific. You can follow John on twitter @johnortberg or check out the latest news/blogs on his website at www.johnortberg.com.
LangAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great for group studySeptember 17, 2012LangAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I lead a Bible study group (lay leader) and we have used a number of different books as part of our discussion group. We chose this book specifically because of a previous book by the same author "(If You Want To Walk On Water, You Have To Get Out Of The Boat"). John Ortberg writes a stimulating narrative that is a great catalyst for discussion. He challenges you to broaden your Christian perspective.
GeorgeNew MexicoAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Great book!March 22, 2012GeorgeNew MexicoAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A very enjoyable and easy read on spiritual disciplines for ordinary people.
Allison3 Stars Out Of 5Awesome book.September 28, 2011AllisonQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2Love the book, but the quality of the physical book is very cheap.
brother georgeAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5many gems of wisdom mined from scriptureJune 14, 2011brother georgeAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Life You've Always Wanted
by john Ortberg
Publisher Thorndike Press (large print) 2006
ISBN-13: 978-1-59415-083-8 / Christian Growth
The author asks, are you missing the life that you were appointed by God to live ? Are you having the life you always wanted or are you in need of a life that is worth living ? By giving God the best time of your life, you could have the life you have always wanted.
What is keeping you from growing closer to Christ and having a joyful life ? john Ortberg reveals the Christian life is about more than being forgiven and more than getting to heaven. The goal of this book is to help you grow spiritually and become much closer to God.
Ortberg shares many gems of wisdom mined from scripture, other Christian writings, stories his friends relate to him, and his own personal experiences. This author sometimes bends a few words or a phrase as a liberty of a writer to maintain the readers attention.
God's purpose in guidance is not to get us to perform the right actions. His purpose is to help us become the right kind of people. Guidance only comes to those who have made the decision to be guided. Each of your thoughts will take you further from God or closer towards God. You have the choice of who will lead your thoughts and which direction you will travel. Knowing scripture is very good, however the knowing of the spirit frees us from the desire to sin. You must arrange your life so that sin no longer looks good to you.
Ortberg likens the metamorphosis of a caterpillar to a butterfly to the transformation by renewal of your mind. Understanding the difference between training and merely trying is the key to the transformation in every aspect of life. Spiritual growth is not a matter of trying harder, but of training wisely. This author uses the example of a marathon runner training consistently to strengthen his endurance for the long run. As we need to practice our spiritual disciplines consistently as exercises to strengthen our endurance for our life long run.
Ortberg refers to the story of Snow White; Each of us have tasted the forbidden fruit, We all have fallen under the curse. But the Prince comes to free us from the curse and when that happens; "Sleeper, awake rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you." If you do not have God in the central role of your life, then you have refused to "let God be God"
The kind of servant hood Jesus calls us to; is helping others for our own sake. The true indicator of spiritual well-being is growth in the ability to love God and people. A act of service to another demonstrates that you value them. The Life you've always wanted is a life of humility.
DebbieGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Spiritual Disciplines for everyone!January 18, 2011DebbieGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Best book I've read on the subject.
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