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Ordering Your Private World w/Study Guide (Updated) [Paperback]

By Gordon MacDonald (Author)
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One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual. The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual. In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness.

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We have schedule planners, computerized calendars, and self-stick notes to help us organize our business and social lives everyday. But what about organizing the other side of our lives--the spiritual side?

One of the great battlegrounds of the new century is within the private world of the individual.The values of our Western culture incline us to believe that the busy, publicly active person in ministry is also the most spiritual.

Tempted to give imbalanced attention to the public world at the expense of the private, we become involved in more programs, more meetings. Our massive responsibilities at home, work, and church have resulted in a lot of good people on the verge of collapse.

In this timely update of his classic "Ordering Your Private World," Gordon MacDonald equips a new generation to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for public effectiveness.

"With much enthusiasm I recommend this book to all of you who, like me, need order in your private world."

--Charles Swindoll, Chancellor, Dallas Theological Seminary

"This book was the primary instrument that God used to motivate me to integrate spiritual disciplines into my daily walk with Christ . . . I shudder to think where I'd be today had I not read it."

--Bill Hybels, Senior Pastor, Willow Creek Community Church

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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Pages   251
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.2" Width: 5.3" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 2007
Publisher   Thomas Nelson
ISBN  0785288643  
ISBN13  9780785288640  
UPC  020049076293  

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Gordon MacDonald has been a pastor and author for more than fifty years. He serves as Chancellor at Denver Seminary, as editor-at-large for Leadership Journal, and as a speaker at leadership conferences around the world. His books includeBuilding Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World. Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

Gordon MacDonald was born in 1939 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Glamorgan, UK.

Gordon MacDonald has published or released items in the following series...

  1. Gordon MacDonald Bestseller Series

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I can see why so many people love this book...  Jun 7, 2008
I have heard people refer to Gordon MacDonald's "Ordering Your Private World" for years, and I finally got around to reading it. I can see why it has been so influential, as it is extremely well-written. Though this book might be most helpful to pastors, since MacDonald writes from that perspective and experience, I think that he has much wisdom to share with any Christians or even non-Christians who want to establish some order in their lives.

One of the things that I appreciated most about the book was that it was not specifically prescriptive of the ten steps that everyone needs to take to fix their lives, as most self-help books tend to do. Instead, MacDonald offered an insightful diagnosis of what many of us experience (exhaustion, stress, overcommitment, hyperbusyness) and suggests some simple and broad choices that can help to alleviate the problem.

Ultimately, I appreciate MacDonald's primary perspective, that we have the power to make choices that will help to get our lives in order. Other reviewers have suggested that his approach is too man-centered, but I wholeheartedly disagree. MacDonald correctly understands that God has not promised to bless our lives if we choose to live however we want. Instead, there are basic parameters that we can set to create the environment in which God will do all that He wants to do in our lives. In some very real sense, the choice is ours. It's all about being intentional, rather than just letting life happen to us.

I've read some other books that provided analagous suggestions, so this book isn't going to completely transform my life. However, I enjoyed reading it and really appreciated MacDonald's writing style, which is both intelligent and accessible. There is much wisdom from this book that I can apply in my own life, and I know many Christians would be well-served to read "Ordering Your Private World" and to take to heart what MacDonald has learned over his years of living a chaotic, unordered life.
AWESOME!!!!!!!  Apr 6, 2008
I think that not only every minister should read this book, but every true born-agian Christian should read how we should manage the resources that God has given us.
A classic top 10 for me  Feb 25, 2008
Anyone wishing to explore their private life, that their life in this world might be different should definitely read this one. A great book. One that I'll be going back to year after year.
Ordering your Private World  Sep 6, 2007
Is uplifting and has a series of useful disciplinary tips that anyone can use and benefit from in putting order in one's life. It is a book that christians and non christians alike can read and benefit.
Practical and Profound  Jun 28, 2007
Ordering your private world

Anticipating a mundane, "view from the pulpit," kind of work, I didn't pick this book up excitedly, but MacDonald's work is as insightful as it is practical. He actually leaps out of the realm of advice for practicing clergy and into a profound assessment of the spiritual nature of humanity, the limits allowed to us by nature, and the extremes to which we are stretched over those limits by modern society (particularly within the church). Here is a text that should stand along the spiritual classics of Christian history, only as a more hands-on approach.

MacDonald divides the book into a sensible five categories: motivation, use of time, wisdom and knowledge, spiritual strength, and restoration.

"Motivation" is a biting attack on the drivenness of the modern corporate world as it bleeds over into, effects, and consumes the church. However, MacDonald's approach is so humble that you might miss how clearly it is an attack. The only subject of his critique is himself and the lifestyle he once adopted. You kind of want to cheer him for his honesty after this section.

"Use of Time" is a very practical look at the way we manage and allocated time. Here he's going to be very useful both for the workaholic and the chaotic, both of whom he pulls into line.

"Wisdom and Knowledge" takes the book in a new direction. It acknowledges the value for Christians of a well-developed mental life, which, in modern evangelicalism, is refreshing. MacDonald seems to have stumbled into the great tradition of clergy-as-teacher, and rather than brushing over it as merely academic, he embraces it as wellness for the soul.

"Spiritual Strength" involves cultivating your inner world like a garden. Strength comes from knowing that your inner world is at peace even while the world around you is in chaos. Here is draws on the life experiences of POW's and people who have moved into retirement and lost their identity. He explores the spiritual disciplines of silence, solitude, keeping a journal, and prayer. Though little of this is novel, MacDonald can communicate this to a world of clergy and layreaders that might not otherwise explore the historic spiritual disciplines.

"Restoration" focuses solely on the spiritual discipline of Sabbath-keeping. The excellence of MacDonald's work is that he seems to have discovered by experience what is best for the human soul. One hopes that others will learn from his experience rather than having to reinvent the wheel.

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