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Growth: Training vs. Trying (Pursuing Spiritual Transformation) [Paperback]

By John Ortberg (Author), Laurie Pederson (Author) & Judson Poling (Author)
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Item description for Growth: Training vs. Trying (Pursuing Spiritual Transformation) by John Ortberg, Laurie Pederson & Judson Poling...

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 -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2001 Nominee - Bible (Devotional/Study) category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   144
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
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

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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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.")

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