Item description for Growth: Training vs. Trying (Pursuing Spiritual Transformation) by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling...
Overview As part of the Pursuing Spiritual Transformation series, Growth sets you on a path to live out the character of Jesus in this world as only you can.
Publishers Description What would your life be like if Jesus lived it? Imagine the change you would experience in your thoughts, actions, and relationships. Think of the joy and freedom that could transform every area of your life. That s exactly what God has in mind for you You ll find out how in Growth. Through personal study and small group interaction, this study sets you on a path to live out the character of Jesus in this world as only you can. It happens not by trying hard, but by training. By cultivating spiritual disciplines--Scripture meditation, prayer, solitude, endurance, loving others--you ll discover the joy of being transformed by Christ and the freedom of living each day sustained by his power. Leader s guide included Growth group sessions are: Training to Live Like Jesus The Practice of Scripture Meditation The Practice of Solitude Simple Prayer Three Transforming Prayers The Roundabout Way And the Greatest of These Is Love"
Awards and Recognitions Growth: Training vs. Trying (Pursuing Spiritual Transformation) by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling has received the following awards and recognitions -
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.3" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Sep 11, 2000
Publisher Zondervan Publishing
Series Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
ISBN 0310220750 ISBN13 9780310220756 UPC 025986220754
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More About John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling
John Ortberg is the senior pastor at Menlo Church. John's teaching centers aroundhow faith in Christ can impact our everyday lives with God. He has written books onspiritual formation including, The Life You've Always Wanted, Who is This Man?, The Me I Want To Be, Soul Keeping, and most recently, All The Places To Go. John teachesaround the world at conferences and churches.
Born and raised in Rockford, Illinois, John graduated from Wheaton College with adegree in psychology. He holds a Master of Divinity and doctorate degree in clinicalpsychology from Fuller Seminary, and has done post-graduate work at theUniversity of Aberdeen, Scotland. Prior to joining Menlo Church, John served asteaching pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek Community Church.
John Ortberg currently resides in the state of Illinois.
Reviews - What do customers think about Growth: Training vs. Trying?
Excellent narrative and exercises, mediocre questions May 21, 2003
Growth: Training vs. Trying is a very readable book with short but pointed narratives and spritual exercises.
Each lesson identifies an area of discipline. The text isn't afraid to address common misunderstandings, mistakes and shortcoming when it comes to our exercising a certain discipline. And yet, it is encouraging and helpful in allowing the reader to see where he/she would rather be in his/her relationship with God and how to get there. The spiritual exercises are especially helpful in moving the reader from "theory" in the lesson to practical daily "application".
While the text and the spiritual exercises were excellent, the bible study questions were a bit lacking and not necessarily good in prompting meaningful discussion. I would not use it as is but rather as a roadmap/guide in exploring key ideas and develop your own questions for small group discussions.
A high quality study that promotes group discussion Jan 3, 2002
"So what did you get for number four?""Number four? Let's see...I got "the Lord." What about you?" Ever heard that kind of interaction in a small group? It's frustrating, and many of the small-group bible study guides promote this kind of dry, academic approach by sticking to a simple question and answer type of format, with little or no assistance in facilitating relevant discussion. Not so this book! I found "Growth--training vs. trying" to be an excellent study guide for use in a small group/growth group. Its balance of spiritual exercise and bible study provide the reader with a positive and challenging means to apply what they are learning--as they are learning it! The discussion questions in the guide itself promote great opportunities for the members of a group to get to know one another better and develop closer relationships as they encourage one another in spiritual growth. The readings that open each chapter are relevant, straightforward, and thought provoking. If you are considering a bible study guide to use for a discussion oriented small group, or simply interested in a great resource for your own individual study, I highly recommend this one. (This book is one of a seven booklet series, "Pursuing Spiritual Transformation.")