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The Life You've Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People [Paperback]

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Item description for The Life You've Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg & Stephen And Amanda Sorenson...

In this six-session ZondervanGroupware? video curriculum, award-winning author John Ortberg teaches participants the skills essential to ?running the marathon? in the Christian life.

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What does the spiritual life really look like?

If you're tired of the status quo if you suspect there's more to Christianity that what you've experienced John Ortberg invites you to join him on a road to transformation and spiritual vigor that anyone can take. The Life You've Always Wanted video-based Bible study guide you down the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines.

This Leader's Guide give you the clear, step-by-step instructions you need to maximize interaction, support, and insights within your group. Most of the preparation has been done for you just follow the easy-to-use lesson plan, complete with helpful tips. Because this book includes the full text of the Participant's Guide, it's the only guidebook you need to track page-for-page with your group.

Cultivate new intimacy and confidence in prayer. Discover the freedom of secrecy. Taste the benefits of slowing life's frenetic pace. Learn how to be guided by the Holy Spirit and more.

Sessions include:

  • It's Morphing Time
  • Slowing Down and Celebrating
  • Praying and Confessing
  • Meditating on Scripture and Seeking Guidance
  • Practicing Servanthood, Finding Freedom
  • Going the Distance with a Well-Ordered Heart

Awards and Recognitions
The Life You've Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People by John Ortberg & Stephen And Amanda Sorenson has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Gold Medallion Book Awards - 2005 Finalist - Christian Education category

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Zondervan
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 10.9" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 15, 2004
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Teacher's Guide  
ISBN  0310255872  
ISBN13  9780310255871  
UPC  025986255879  

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More About John Ortberg & Stephen And Amanda Sorenson

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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Reviews - What do customers think about Life You've Always Wanted Leader's Guide?

Who tested this thing?  Feb 3, 2007
We recently went through John Ortberg's "The Life You've Always Wanted" with our small group, utilizing both the book and the DVD series with participant's guide. Because we were using the participant's guides, my wife and I used the leader's guide each week to help us lead the group discussion time. I have two primary critiques of the leader's guide.

First and foremost, I was flabbergasted by the time that was suggested for each section of discussion. I have no idea if they actually use real people to test these products before they are published, but if so, they must have been completely tongue-tied. Each of the six weeks has a suggested length for discussion (including the DVD teaching) of about 55 minutes. We struggled each week to finish within two hours, and we skipped a number of the questions each week. I fully realize that time management is a struggle for any group leader, and curriculum cannot solve that dilemma. However, it would be helpful if the leader's guide had some remotely reasonable time estimates to guide our leadership.

My second critique is significantly more minor, but the size of this leader's guide is rather unwieldy. I don't know why it couldn't be formatted into a slightly more functional size.

After the first few weeks, we basically stopped using the leader's guide and just led the discussions from the participant's guides. For someone who is completely overwhelmed by the prospect of leading group discussion, this leader's guide might be a useful tool. But for more seasoned leaders, I'm not sure that it adds enough value to warrant the purchase price. I think a better preparation choice for a group leader would be to read the book along with the group study, to provide greater depth and background from Ortberg's solid teaching.
UM Pastor  Nov 10, 2006
Excellent material and presentations. Very effectively invites all to enter into spiritual disciplines which will open for them the lfe they've always wanted. Only problem is that is too much material for the suggested hour format. If used in Sunday school, I'd stretch it to 12 sessions (2 per lesson) to give more time for discussion and the Bible study segments.

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