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My least favorite was probably the chapter called “The Undivided Life” because he seems to develop it out of a quote from the movie City Slickers that “the secret of life is pursuing one thing. I enjoy the insights he has jobn well as the way he relates a story, and so look forward to learning from this book. Nov 04, Cynthia rated it really liked it.

Of course, his ideas are also very helpful. Aldays had read this book before but enjoyed it even better the second time around.

Lists with This Book. One of the hardest things in the world is to stop being the prodigal son without turning into the elder brother.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted- John Ortberg

Sermons and small-group discussion all focus around the chapters and themes. His methods are simple yet Biblical, and his examples are pleasing and recognizable. Nov 15, Jeremy Manuel rated it really liked it Shelves: Go on a spiritual retreat: If this book were a motivational poster, the font would be Papyrus.

It took me longer than I would have liked to get through this book, but all in all it was a really good, thought-provo I loved John Ortberg’s book “If You Want to Walk on Water, You’ve Got to Get Out of the Boat”, so I am really looking forward to this text on spiritual disciplines.


Apr 25, Ro rated it it was amazing Shelves: A must-read for every Christian. There are laugh out loud jokes. This is his personal website. Ortberg does not clearly distinguish or relate the instantaneous new creature status of regeneration with the ongoing sanctification, which may cause confusion. These are all moments when I am not likely to be fully present, not to be aware of the voice and purpose of God.

Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People. But do read it and put it into practice — preferably in the context of a small group at your church home. I like Ortberg’s practical style and his suggestions for how to incorporate these disciplines in our life. In opposition to the paradigm of balance that compartmentalizes faith, the author supports a rhythm of life that extends from a well-ordered heart and results in love Ortberg, Jun 25, Victoria rated it liked it Shelves: One of my favorite chapters was on the joy of worship and our spiritual life.

When I am sad He makes me glad. It took me longer than I would have liked to get through this book, but all in all it was a really good, thought-provoking read. A significant weakness of the book is its ambiguity regarding regeneration and sanctification. I have successfully weeded out several things from my calendar that were stealing the joy from the things that matter the most to me.

He takes a look at the challenges that we face daily and finds Scriptures that makes sense. Any activity that can help me gain power to live life as Jesus taught and modeled it. Even with that I can’t say there wasn’t a chapter that I didn’t find anything worth liking or thinking over.

His concept of ‘slowing’ of stepping out of the alwys sense of rushing to what is next and never enjoying the present. Some of Ortberg’s other chapters were okay, and some I didn’t really enjoy too much. What Ortberg does is firmly, but in a light and easily digestible form, place these disciplines in the context of being a Christ follower, with a selection of quotes and stories and ideas from gou extensive knowledge of Christian faith and history.


Each chapter will have some points for you to reflect on and look at our own life. That said, many of these practises, including slowing, humility, generosity, forgiveness, celebration simply good ways to live, no matter what your faith! This is a great first book on spiritual disciplines.

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And then Mabel began to sing an old hymn: Ortberg is realistic in his ideas. I have a nagging sense that all is not as it should be. I gave this book 5 stars for the lasting impact it had in my life.

Every Christian should seek this book out and read it cover to cover; it has a message all people of the Way need to hear!

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Jul 24, Arun Thamizhvanan rated it really liked it Wanfed Thanks to John’s vd, Mallory, who must be really sick of hearing about it, as it is just wonderful!

A lot of the principles overlap with those presented in Richard Foster’s Celebration of Discipline but in a style that may be less intimidating, with everyday examples that I think most people can relate to. When I first approached this book, I’ll admit I was skeptical. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. Hardcoverpages.