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John Ortberg

The Life You've Always Wanted (Paperback)

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You can live a deeper, more spiritual life right where you are.

The heart of Christianity is transformation--a relationship with God that impacts not just our spiritual lives but every aspect of our daily lives. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity--God's power to bring change and growth--and reveals how and why transformation takes place.

The Life You've Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But it 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 person at the journey's end--Jesus Christ.

As with a marathon runner, the secret to finishing a race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently--training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor ends in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit--joy, peace, kindness, etc.--are the signposts along the way.

Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You've Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living--a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.

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Language
English
Features
Condition : Brand New
Publisher
Zondervan
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
288
Author
John Ortberg
Title
The Life You've Always Wanted
ISBN-13
9780310342076
Publication Date
May, 2015
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
0310342074

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Ortbergs (2002) text ...

Ortberg's (2002) text is a book that reminds 21st century Christians of the spiritual disciplines that will help us morph our lives into something worthy of our calling. This text is very entertaining with his since of humor and masterful story telling. The first chapter resonated with this writer and the journey I have been on the last few years. It begins with a quote, "Now, with God's help, I shall become myself" (Ortberg, 2002, p. 11). That is such an encouragement that I am not going to have to find myself. I so appreciated his reminder to us that Spiritual disciplines are not about an entrance test or a behavior modification chart to get into heaven, but they are about the glorious redemption of my own individual moments. Ortberg's (2002) challenge is to continue to train in these disciplines for the rest of our lives in a God-honoring attitude. This writer appreciated his delivering of these disciplines, not as a checklist, but as a chance for every moment of our life to learn from Jesus how to live in our current circumstances. Ortberg (2002) describes several disciplines including: celebrating, scripture, slowing down, prayer, servant hood, confession, receiving the Holy Spirit, secrecy, reflection, developing a rule of life, and experiencing suffering. Each of these disciplines can draw us nigh unto the Savior and teach us to depend on him. If this writer had to describe the purpose of the book, it would be to equip Christians to pursue God authentically and with passion. It has given a revitalized perspective on discipleship as a method of growing in our faith as opposed to a list of to-dos. This writer has spent the last year studying spiritual disciplines during my quiet times and study time and some of it has fallen flat with me. Some of the books I read provided me with a quick burst of motivation that was followed by disillusionment and feelings of failure and guilt. I love Ortberg's totally different approach, which had a deep impact on my spirit. This book made me more hopeful and gave some practical steps toward maturing in Christ. Ortberg (2004) explained that it is not how many chapters you read or how many verses you memorize, it is how much you grew in love that is the mark of a true spiritual disciple. It was a wonderful read; the pages practically turned themselves. By the time I was done, I thanked God for the gift. It's morphing time, indeed!

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In this book, Ortberg ...

In this book, Ortberg accurately diagnoses several common problems and pitfalls of the Christian life. However, he does this with a sense of humour and humility that keeps condemnation at bay while encouraging the reader to transform their life. I'm not usually a fan of Willow Creek teaching, but this book was excellent!

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Ortbergs (2002) text ...

Ortberg's (2002) text is a book that reminds 21st century Christians of the spiritual disciplines that will help us morph our lives into something worthy of our calling. This text is very entertaining with his since of humor and masterful story telling. The first chapter resonated with this writer and the journey I have been on the last few years. It begins with a quote, "Now, with God's help, I shall become myself" (Ortberg, 2002, p. 11). That is such an encouragement that I am not going to have to find myself. I so appreciated his reminder to us that Spiritual disciplines are not about an entrance test or a behavior modification chart to get into heaven, but they are about the glorious redemption of my own individual moments. Ortberg's (2002) challenge is to continue to train in these disciplines for the rest of our lives in a God-honoring attitude. This writer appreciated his delivering of these disciplines, not as a checklist, but as a chance for every moment of our life to learn from Jesus how to live in our current circumstances. Ortberg (2002) describes several disciplines including: celebrating, scripture, slowing down, prayer, servant hood, confession, receiving the Holy Spirit, secrecy, reflection, developing a rule of life, and experiencing suffering. Each of these disciplines can draw us nigh unto the Savior and teach us to depend on him. If this writer had to describe the purpose of the book, it would be to equip Christians to pursue God authentically and with passion. It has given a revitalized perspective on discipleship as a method of growing in our faith as opposed to a list of to-dos. This writer has spent the last year studying spiritual disciplines during my quiet times and study time and some of it has fallen flat with me. Some of the books I read provided me with a quick burst of motivation that was followed by disillusionment and feelings of failure and guilt. I love Ortberg's totally different approach, which had a deep impact on my spirit. This book made me more hopeful and gave some practical steps toward maturing in Christ. Ortberg (2004) explained that it is not how many chapters you read or how many verses you memorize, it is how much you grew in love that is the mark of a true spiritual disciple. It was a wonderful read; the pages practically turned themselves. By the time I was done, I thanked God for the gift. It's morphing time, indeed!

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One of the best books ...

One of the best books on spiritual disciplines and written in a very approachable style that helps you realize the christian life is a great adventure worth giving your all. It is called Dallas Willard for dummies!

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