- Paperback: 1 pages
- Publisher: Highland Books; 2nd edition edition (1 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1897913672
- ISBN-13: 978-1897913673
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 21.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,272,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
ORDERING YOUR PRIVATE WORLD PB Paperback – 1 May 2003
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As a busy minister I know only too well how easy it is to focus on the externals of our service rather than the inner life. The result if that we become too busy, disorganised and end up driven by the wrong sets of demands. This book exposes the symptoms and then provides helpful, practical and biblical advice on recapturing our time, growing in knowledge and wisdom, enlarging the spiritual centre of our lives and absorbing the words of Christ into our attitudes and actions. It is a book to study, ponder and then work at. One of the most challenging books I have read in years, it is also one of the most helpful and practical. -- David Jackman, Floodtide, Feb 1987
One of the most helpful books in twenty years. -- Gavin Reid --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My garden needs work ... Does that make in disorganised? Maybe it's a sign that you are driving yourself to do too much rather than focusing on those things which God is calling you to and has equipped you for! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This book doesn't lecture or posture. Gordon Macdonald is sympathetic to those of us that end up in this mess, he freely admits to having been there himself. His writing is very perceptive - time and again I found myself nodding in agreement and smiling at behaviour that I recognise in myself.
This book is Scripture based and really PRACTICAL. It shows you HOW to get the balance right. It looks at how Jesus Himself spent His time. It helps you to look at your own life, one aspect at a time, recognise the weak areas and helps you to make practical changes for the better. Having read the book once, I am now working through each chapter a week at a time and doing the study. This gives me a chance to put one change into practice before trying to take on another one.
I wouldn't be overstating things to say that this book has revolutionised my practical life and my faith life. Rather than squeeze God in last, I am learning to put Him first, to develop my relationship with Him, and to draw off His strength for everything else I have to do. And I am learning to assess my time before I take on new projects and say 'NO!' when necessary!
If you are a busy Christian who is feeling frazzled and living on an empty tank - I would warmly recommend this book.
The book encourages a greater purity of heart by examining the elements of prayer ,study and action.In the weeks since I read it I have begun to appreciate the distinction between the driven and the called in Christian life,the importance of ordering time to meet God's plan for us , the importance of reading ,trusting in God and using time to renew and refresh.
This book is written in such a way that we can prayerfully explore our life choices and respond more confidently to each other's needs in the spirit of God's love and on an everyday basis. I shall return to it's pages often.
MacDonald outlines a set of values that when applied will help bring real order to your inner world. I think that they really do apply to everyone, even those who might protest that they are wired differently. I wouldn't call it a 'classic' but I would say that it is a book that I will keep around for reference.
At times you might think that the standard that MacDonald sets is an impossible one and I have heard many Christians say so over the years. But the older I get, the more necessary I think the wisdom in this book is and if applied consistently will set you on a good path.
I think that Ordering Your Private World is a must read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book and the best I have read this year. Thank you for the insights shared .Published 11 months ago by Avid reader
The product is excellent, delivery time and quality = 9/10Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
I felt that I already had my private world in some order, but this book taught me other lessons.Published 15 months ago by elizabeth ball
All leaders need to read and re-read this book
Really appreciated this book. Found it informative and challengingPublished 18 months ago by Patricia Winsor
Recommended by my minister, good read in getting your spiritual life in order.Published 21 months ago by Mike Newberry