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When the Game is Over, it All Goes Back in the Box [Audiobook, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

John Ortberg
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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Zondervan; Unabridged edition (3 Aug 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310277337
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310277330
  • Product Dimensions: 15.4 x 13.6 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 523,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Uses personal stories, humor, and metaphors about popular games to demonstrate to Christians how to focus on winning "the right trophies" in life.

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where, O Death is Your Sting. 2 Jun 2009
We humans are the only species on earth that have the knowledge that one day we will die. Some people bury their head in the sand and ignore this fact. There are those that have arranged to have their bodies cryrogenically frozen so that when in the future they develop the technology they can be miraculously brought back to life. A bit like Woody Allen in the film "Sleeper". The same Woody Allen who was quoted as saying "Its not that I'm afraid to die, I just don't want to be there when it happens".

In this present world of grasping MPs and bankers who want more and more easy money, it is easy to lose sight of the important things whilst we quest for earthly treasures, be it wealth or status, or even both. Sometimes we say we'll get around to the important things when our chaotic lives settle down a bit. But alas it never happens. It is too late. Death has a very nasty habit of catching us unprepared. A bit inconvenient in our busy diaries. At the end of the day it is well to remember that "It all goes back into the box". All those things we strived for in life, become at the inevitable end as dust.

I guess death is not the most cheery of subjects, but this little book although pointing this sobering fact out on many occasions, also points the way to a life of fulfilment. There are so many good tips in this book on how we should aim to try and live our lives. How to escape life's seeming battle up the frenetic ladder. As the book says we have but one life and no rewind button. The author's thoughts are all biblically based. The book of Ecclesiastes features prominently as do the parables and teachings of Jesus. If you are thinking that may be a bit boring, think again. I will freely admit that I find Christian books quite boring on the whole. But this book is different.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Reading 18 Nov 2007
As always, Ortberg has produced a very enjoyable read. Using the metaphor of life being a game he examines various strategies to live and assesses their effectiveness. Or otherwise. Writing from the Christian perspective, Ortberg concludes that a human being is created with a longing that cannot possibly be fulfilled by life on earth. For me, the most persuasive arguement is that of King Solomon. Although Ortberg does not examine Ecclesiastes in any great depth but there was enough to make me think twice. Ortberg is a very persuasive writer and I think this does not detract from his arguements. The only lack in this book is that of a Study Guide. As some of his other works have one I hope that this might be added to future editions.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 11 Nov 2007
This has got to be one of the most powerful books I have ever read. The sheer futility of materialism is clearly expressed, whereby those who always seek for more never have enough. There is always one more goal to strive for, another million to earn, but it still won't be sufficient. John Ortberg is a truly gifted pastor who writes from the heart. How many of us look toward the horizon and try to get there, only to find that the horizon just goes on and on? A must read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Who will remember what's left? 7 Sep 2007
This is a very challenging book for all of us caught in the trap of getting to the top.

Ties great story's with what Christ/Paul spoke about in the Bible.

'those who rush arrive first at the grave' - spanish proverb... full of great truths...

Highly recommended and easy to read
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