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Publication Date: 2008
Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.
Its a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you "own" the board. Its also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car youve always eyed. But just like the game cards, the tokens, and the timer, those prizes are temporary. When the game is over, they all go back in the box.
Games can cast a powerful spell, says bestselling author John Ortberg. But the wisest player remembers that the game is always going to end. So what can we take with us to the kingdom of God? Only the love we have for Christ, the love we have for each other, and our own souls. While its not bad to be good at chess or Riskor the game of life on Earthwe cant allow it to get in the way of what really matters.
Using his humor and his genius for storytelling, Ortberg helps you focus on the real rules of the game and how to set your priorities. When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box Participants Guide helps explain how, left to our own devices, we tend to seek out worldly things, mistakenly thinking they will bring us fulfillment. But everything on Earth belongs to God. Everything we "own" is just on loan. And what pleases God is often 180 degrees from what we may think is important.
In the six sessions you will learn how to:
- Live passionately and boldly
- Learn how to be active players in the game that pleases God
- Find your true mission and offer your best
- Fill each square on the board with what matters most
- Seek the richness of being instead of the richness of having
You cant beat the house, notes Ortberg. Were playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so its a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, youll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and youll leave this life knowing youve achieved the only victory that matters.
- When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box
- Keeping Score Where It Really Counts
- Resign as Master of the Board
- Calling or Comfort? Choose Your Move Wisely
- Playing the Game with Greatness and Grace
- The Kingdom Has One More Move
Designed for use with When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box DVD 9780310808244 (sold separately).
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.
DevonMount Vernon, New YorkAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 27, 2012DevonMount Vernon, New YorkAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The book certainly helps to put the circumstances in our lives in an eternal perspective, and the author includes many anecdotes and meaningful examples to prove his point while using the playing of Monopoly as a metaphorical, and sometimes very realistic, backdrop.
readerAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5March 19, 2012readerAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book. Some truths need to be repeated over and over. John Ortberg does this well, using personal stories and good humor.
bill5 Stars Out Of 5January 13, 2012billQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Highly recommend this book for all who are caught up in the "rat race".
Ruthe Fonfrias5 Stars Out Of 5Well-written, well-presented and organized...November 30, 2011Ruthe FonfriasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Well-written, well-presented and organized. Down to earth, life giving encouragement. The examples/stories given hit home. Very anointed.
James Dunker5 Stars Out Of 5Ortberg; honest, thoughtful, serious, and fun.October 4, 2011James DunkerQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5A reality check from John Ortberg in his usual honest, insightful, thoughtful, serious, witty and fun manner.