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The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Discipline for Ordinary People | [John Ortberg]

The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Discipline for Ordinary People

The heart of Christianity is about transformation, about a God who isn't just concerned with our "spiritual lives", but who wants to impact every aspect of living. It's realizing that God meets us not in a monastery but on Main Street, and that all of ordinary, daily life has the potential to be lived as if Jesus himself were the one living it.
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The heart of Christianity is about transformation, about a God who isn't just concerned with our "spiritual lives", but who wants to impact every aspect of living. It's realizing that God meets us not in a monastery but on Main Street, and that all of ordinary, daily life has the potential to be lived as if Jesus himself were the one living it.

Offering modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines, The Life You've Always Wanted guides us on a journey beyond performance and externalism to a life marked by joy, peace, kindness, and all the signs of a faith that's vital and growing. Now with an added chapter on prayer, this expanded edition of the ECPA best seller offers an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that's worth living: life on the edge that fills our ordinary world with meaning, hope, change, and growing closeness with Christ.

©1997, 2002 John Ortberg; (P)2002 Zondervan

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    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-10-05
    Tim Fremont, NE, United States 01-10-05 Member Since 2004

    Computer Programmer and Worship Leader. Have enjoyed reading since my mom got me hooked on Nancy Drew and Agatha Christie prior to my teen years. My brother got me hooked on audio books after I started having a longer commute to work. Love a variety of genres.

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    "Easy to Identify with - Good Practical Examples"

    This a really good book, not only for those young in their Christian faith, but also for those who've been around and need to "re-focus". Ortberg's presentation on the spiritual disciplines was challenging, but in a way that inspires rather than discourages. He also helps the reader to set reasonable goals for prayer and meditation on scripture.

    While I tend to be suspicious of most of the "positive thinking" type books, this book does a good job of addressing the perpective that God intends for us to enjoy many of the "ordinary" things in life rather than live a life of misery. But at the same time, he doesn't downplay our call to obedience and role of suffering in the Christian's life.

    Overall, I thought this was a very balanced book and worth the read. It would also serve well as a devotional read on the way to work each morning.

    A few of the stories were so funny I was laughing out loud in my car.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Wilson Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 08-27-06
    Wilson Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada 08-27-06 Member Since 2006

    Lord of petty electronics

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    "Sort of a modern"

    I found Celebration of Discipline a great blessing when we did it our our adult small group, and I'm always looking for more edifying content to listen to while driving, at the gym and doing chores. This book is I suppose a bit of a dumbing down compared to "Celebration", but in a lot of ways it will resonate more for people like myself who struggle to integrate our faith daily and are a long way from being able to do spiritual retreats regularly or fasting, etc.

    The author shares a lot of personal examples, which are either very helpful and human or a tad narcissistic depending on one's mood and personality. For me, I found it generally helpful and after having listened to it carefully once or twice, I now listen to parts of it at least once a week so as to remind myself of what I should be working on it my life.

    In short, the book is a blessing for the younger or modern person, as it challenges us to be Christ-like in real, North American day-to-day life.

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    Mike Henry Sr. 05-29-05
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    "Great intro to spiritual growth"

    This is my second book by John Ortberg. I really appreciate his style and humor. He provides wonderful insight into the spiritual disciplines and growth as a Christian. I highly recommend!

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    K Philip hodgdon, ME, USA 08-29-04
    K Philip hodgdon, ME, USA 08-29-04
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    "Excellent book on Christian spiritual dicisplines"

    Good direction for someone who would like to grow in faith and maturity.

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    Wendel Sugar Land , TX, USA 08-30-04
    Wendel Sugar Land , TX, USA 08-30-04
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    Excellent. Easy to read. Entertaining, yet very profound!

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    Shawn Newberry Vancouver 01-09-13
    Shawn Newberry Vancouver 01-09-13

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    Where does The Life You've Always Wanted rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was the first audible book I listened to, and I had nothing to compare it with. It was easy to listen to.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Life You've Always Wanted?

    I love how the author relates his point with a story that the listener can identify with.


    What about Jay Charles’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job of reading.


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    A. McLean Toronto, Canada 01-03-13
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    "Amazing! Just what I needed!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Life You've Always Wanted the most enjoyable?

    Down-to-earth, spiritual teachings for everyday people to become more deeply rooted in God. Just an AWESOME book. Soul-stretching stuff!


    What about Jay Charles’s performance did you like?

    One of the best narrator's I have ever heard.


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