When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box - eBook
When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box - eBook  -     By: John Ortberg
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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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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 9780310295495
ISBN-13: 9780310295495
UPC: 025986295493

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Today is the day you choose . . . which game you want to win, which prize you want to collect, which priorities you want to set.

It’s a thrill to win at checkers or Clue or Trivial Pursuit. You sweep aside the other players and you "own" the board. It’s also a thrill to win a promotion at work … the new house you wanted … that sports car you’ve 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 it’s not bad to be good at chess or Risk—or the game of life on Earth—we can’t 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 Participant’s 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 can’t beat the house, notes Ortberg. We’re playing our game of life on a giant board called a calendar. Time will always run out, so it’s a good thing to live a life that delights your Creator. When everything goes back in the box, you’ll have made what is temporary a servant to what is eternal, and you’ll leave this life knowing you’ve achieved the only victory that matters.

Sessions include:

  1. When the Game Is Over It All Goes Back in the Box
  2. Keeping Score Where It Really Counts
  3. Resign as Master of the Board
  4. Calling or Comfort? Choose Your Move Wisely
  5. Playing the Game with Greatness and Grace
  6. 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).

Author Bio

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, You’ve 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.

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    The 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.
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    Great book. Some truths need to be repeated over and over. John Ortberg does this well, using personal stories and good humor.
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    Highly recommend this book for all who are caught up in the "rat race".
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    Well-written, well-presented and organized. Down to earth, life giving encouragement. The examples/stories given hit home. Very anointed.
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    Ortberg; honest, thoughtful, serious, and fun.
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    A reality check from John Ortberg in his usual honest, insightful, thoughtful, serious, witty and fun manner.
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