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Ordering Your Private World

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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)

©2007 Gordon MacDonald (P)2017 Thomas Nelson

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"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)

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So thankful for this book!

Was such a beautiful reading, and so necessary for belelievers to hear now. Our world is chaotic, but how do we deal with that when our inner one is just as, if not more, chaotic? The author speaks truth in its clearest form that we need to put our inner world first. Definitely gave me insight to my own world and ideas on how to organise it better.

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  • Laura
  • 05-05-2018

Life changing.

I really enjoyed this book. Me suggestions on organizing my private life and having time for what is really important are invaluable.

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  • Nicole
  • 26-08-2020

One of the most helpful books I’ve ever read

As a child of God, wife, mother of 4, Pastor’s wife, and several other titles I will not go ahead and list, this book has helped me TREMENDOUSLY. Thank you for writing the wisdom you have gained in this book. I am hoping to be closer to God, a greater blessing to my family and those we are blessed to serve because of the words in this book. The last chapter really sums it all up for me. I am going to implement a TRUE SABBATH immediately. God bless. Thanks again. I will recommend this to every person we mentor and every young minister we know.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-07-2020

Wow! Life changer!

Great for leaders. Great for preparing for future life. A must read for christians of all walks of life and ages!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-04-2020

Riveting Read!!

Deep insights! written in such sincerity . I took longer walks, several pauses, afew tears! Thank God for such penetrating writings.

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  • ROBERT J PETERSEN
  • 11-04-2020

Must Read

Thus book is an essential part of anyone's library who is looking to grow closer to Jesus and be more effective in serving him and others.

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  • Di Leedle
  • 06-11-2019

Ok

Good beginning, love the story telling connections. Second half of book turns too much like a sermon, preachy.

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  • Rich Thornton
  • 30-08-2019

Getting into my head, my body, and spirit

Years ago I had read the first edition of this book. Now MacDonald comes back older and even wiser. I appreciate the importance of what he writes about caring for and nurturing our private world. We need to make sure that life doesn't drain us and take our energy from what we were created to be and do. The reader is very good also. I appreciate the nuanced reading which helped me draw so much from the book itself. I definitely recommend this to those who need to be reminded of both order and of private worlds. This includes me for sure.

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  • C. Bridges
  • 26-06-2019

The perfect message in our world

I really needed this message to slow down and seek the face of God. I'm inspired to set aside time to rest

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  • D Nuke'm
  • 12-04-2019

It's pretty good....

Some excellent nuggets here and there! The content otherwise is good but average in my opinion. The narrator was hard for me to listen to. I frankly struggle to listen to the end. Get a different narrator!!!

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  • stal
  • 23-01-2018

A good and necessary read.

There were certain chapters that had to be read and re-read because they were so convicting and thought provoking. I will need to read this book again.