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5 Stars Out Of 5
A book for one who seeks inner transformation
October 3, 2012
I received the book from a friend because I was going to facilitate a study on the life of Abraham. It has personally influenced my walk with God. I have underlined just about a line on every page. For those inner secret parts of the self - change is really difficult without complete submission to God. MacDonald says that the Biblical Person needs to be going through conversion every day of his or her life. And then to be reminded that just like Abraham, Moses and Paul, the journey is one that does not happen overnight and it is not without hardships. But the reward is sweet and the blessings are bountiful. It begins with leaving, continues on with following, and culminates in reaching. A great read - I highly recommend this.
When reading the title, the impression many potential readers will have is, "I have been in the Lord's service for years, but I sense God taking me in a new and different life direction. Surely this book will have some detailed answers." MacDonald does offer some basic insights, but he fails to develop them well. The author looks back to the life of Abraham and other Biblical characters for guidance as to how God may lead us to change mid-course in our lives. The three ideas he seeks to develop through the book are leave, follow and reach.For those to whom God offers mid-course correction, the first thing He does is to call them to leave something. Just as Abraham was called to leave Haran, so we may be called to leave something with which we are very familiar. The second thing God does is to require them to follow. Abraham had to follow God in his journey of life, growing deeper and deeper in character. He was changed into someone who learned to rely more and more on God and less and less upon himself. So we too, once we leave something, must follow God as he refines and strengthens godly character within us. The third thing God does is to compel them to reach. Abraham was never content with the status quo, but was always reaching for more of what God desired for him. The Apostle Paul also was one who pressed forward toward the mark, willing to strain and to stretch to become more of God's man. So we too much always be reaching and yearning to stretch for all God has for us.The threefold theme of this book is very helpful -- leave, follow, and reach. Many of the stories used and the comments made to develop the theme however, lack clarity. MacDonald sets the bar very high with "Ordering Your Private World." This title falls short of that standard, so despite its good insights it is disappointing.