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When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box [Hardcover]

By john ortberg (Author)
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Helps readers to understand what matters most in life--their relationships with God and people--by using personal stories, humor, and metaphors about popular games, which show Christians how to focus on winning "the right trophies" in life.

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Remember the thrill of winning at checkers or Parcheesi? You become the Master of the Board---the victor over everyone else. But what happens after that, asks bestselling author John Ortberg. You know the answer: It all goes back in the box. You don't get to keep one token, one chip, one game card. In the end, the spoils of the game add up to nothing.Using popular games as a metaphor for our temporal lives, When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box neatly sorts out what's fleeting and what's permanent in God's kingdom. Being Master of the Board is not the point; being rich toward God is. Winning the game of life on Earth is a temporary victory; loving God and other people with all our hearts is an eternal one. Using humor, terrific stories, and a focus on winning 'the right trophies, ' Ortberg paints a vivid picture of the priorities that all Christians will want to embrace.

From Publishers Weekly
Pastor and bestselling author Ortberg (God Is Closer Than You Think; Everybody's Normal Till You Get to Know Them) offers a thoughtfully written instruction manual for Christian "game players" of all ages. Using games as a metaphor, Ortberg presents carefully considered tactics for succeeding in life from God's vantage point. Each chapter weaves the rules of gaming with the Christian journey: understanding the object of the game (being spiritually "rich" toward God); the setup (keeping score, taking turns, preventing regret); how to play (with rules, gratitude and a mission); hazards (competition, greed, losing); and winning (choosing the right trophies). Christians will especially appreciate Ortberg's wise counsel on being the kind of player other people want to sit next to, as he exhorts readers to learn to lose with grace, win with grace and forgive with grace. Perspective is key; after all, "when the game is over, it all goes back in the box." Ortberg demonstrates some finesse in bringing together the extended game imagery with various real-life stories that are by turns comical and poignant. With excellent tools for personal and group study alike, this book's strategy offers a win-win solution. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Awards and Recognitions
When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by john ortberg has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christian Book Award - 2008 Winner - Christian Life category

Citations And Professional Reviews
When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box by john ortberg has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • CBA Retailers - 09/01/2007 page 56
  • Publishers Weekly - 06/11/2007 page 56
  • Christian Retailing - 08/20/2007 page 25

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.68" Width: 5.88" Height: 0.93"
Weight:   0.9 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2007
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310253500  
ISBN13  9780310253501  
UPC  025986253509  

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John Ortberg

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

John Ortberg currently resides in the state of Illinois.

John Ortberg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Softcover Originals
  2. New Community
  3. Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
  4. Renovare Resources
  5. Today's Teachers of the Bible
  6. Truth for Today: From the Old Testament

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worth the time  May 24, 2010
Borrowed a copy from a friend, decided to add it to my library of study/teaching materials. Takes a bit of patience with oneself to work through the lessons, as one tests the theories and instructions pertaining to personal experiences. there are supplemental materials to use in class situations where a student workbook is helpful. Not light reading, but worth the time and effort to finish the book.
Living a life worth having  May 5, 2010
I think it was John Bunyan who said, "If a man would live well, let him fetch his last day to him and make it always his company keeper." This book is one to help you do just that. I read this book during Lent this year to help me with examen. It's a book every Christian should read reflectively. Ortberg mixes his words of wisdom with humor to make the medicine go down, but the book deals with a serious subject: How to live a life that really matters (to God, you and others you care for) and be the kind of person that others will love now and miss when you're gone. Life's too short to waste. I highly recommend it.
Matthew  Mar 12, 2010
This book puts life into prospective. John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors. This was my second book of his and I just got another. He's a very inspirational writer. I would recommend this book and many others of his to everybody who's looking to grow as a Christian.
Thought provoking  Jul 6, 2009
Ortberg's book is a thought provoking read. Indeed, life is a lot like a game...figure out the rules, devise a strategy, hope for a bit of luck, strive for success. But in the end, what we leave behind...our what's important. I borrowed this book from a friend and had to have my own copy.
Great inspiration.  May 1, 2009
I read this book at a time when life challenges seemed to consume me. Without doubt, the author reminded me to get my priorities straight through the use of simple stories and easy to remember recommendations. Rather than worry about "things," look for ways to help "people."

The chapters may be read in isolation. I've done that many times. We learn about the author's life (game player grandson, tennis player, church leader) on the way to a "life lesson" about trusting in God's plan. We're also reminded of people in the past that suffered while growing on the inside. Often, I simply read the end of a chapter as daily inspiration. Rather than feeling stressed about things, I was inspired to find ways of making life better for those I'm around. That's not always easy.

Will you find this book as uplifting as I did? Maybe. I needed reminders because it was so easy to fall back into that routine of trying to control temporary situations. Look back at all the time/energy wasted on things that ultimately fade as priorities until new things come up to worry about. After reading this book (multiple times), I'm a better person for coming up with ways to make God smile. In the end, that's all you take with you.

Good luck.

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