Ordering Your Private World  -     By: Gordon MacDonald
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Thomas Nelson / 2007 / Paperback

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We have schedule planners, computerized calendars, and self-stick notes to help us organize our business and social lives every day. 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. Includes study guide.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.38 (inches)
ISBN: 0785288643
ISBN-13: 9780785288640
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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

Author Bio

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 include Building Below the Waterline, Who Stole My Church, A Resilient Life, and Ordering Your Private World.  Gordon and his wife, Gail, live in New Hampshire.

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  1. Tucson, AZ
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    Ordering Your Private World
    September 24, 2012
    bloomn4god
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    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    Great book for a ministry representative to STOP and take a quick inventory of life and spirit-man. Blessings,
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 2, 2009
    David R. Bess
    This title is the second I've read by Gordon MacDonald, and I was so impressed that it certainly won't be my last. MacDonald approaches discipleship from a different perspective than most would do -- discipleship is not found in greater effectiveness for ministry, but in greater purpose for living. He doesn't tell the reader how to do what he/she is doing better, but to discover WHY it is being done. MacDonald calls believers to search their hearts, seeking godliness above busyness. This book is an excellent read for all Christians, but especially for church leaders and pastors. I recommend it highly.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 25, 2009
    Scott
    I must first say I have only read the edition printed in 1985-1985 version ISBN#0-7852-7161-9. It's content is deep, reflective, serious, and honest. It looks over things very carefully, incredibly important though subtle things-integral for the person who takes their Christian walk seriously, or wishes to. I was hesitant about the journaling section, and sometimes he gets a little bit over fanatical about time management. But gets back on track and makes a lot of ground in what is a fairly small book. Lot's of meat in this book. Digest this book slowly. I have found it is really good regarding the topics of keeping ones priorities straight in worshipping, and studying the Lord, and prayer, and basically your life. The addressing of prayer in the book was very helpful to me. It does seem written towards men, from a man, so that was incredibly helpful. It's down to earth, and "let's get down quickly and talk about what needs to be talked about" is great. No fluffing around. Again, possibly only this version. Seems many books written in the 1980's have a lot of substance comparatively to these days. In my opinion it's a great book, for anyone who wants to look deeper into their spiritual devotion, intensity, regardless of lay or a paid church worker, and maintain it. It would be really valuable for church leaders to read and study together. It offers you the opportunity for clear, focused, Godly internal communion, encouraging that, and honing with sharpness the things that are needed and cutting those that take away, beyond values, in depth values, pretty simply too. Organization, prioritization, taking one's spiritual life seriously, and valuing and respecting one's personal time with God, ordering your private world, might help you find the order you've been craving, the inner peaceful paradise you've since lost, and the peace that passes understanding you've been missing or never experienced as your inner, private world gets orderly.
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