Ordering Your Private World - Man in the Mirror Edition - includes Study Guide

by Gordon MacDonald

Paperback, 2003




Christian Nonfiction. Religion & Spirituality. Nonfiction. HTML: Does your life feel cluttered? Maybe an overcrowded calendar isn't your only problem! In this updated classic, learn how our technology-focused generation can deal with stress and find balance in life by submitting to God in five areas: motivation, priorities, intellect, spiritual growth, and rest. We have schedule planners, computerized calendars, smart phones, and sticky notes to help us organize our business and social lives every day. But what about organizing the other side of our lives? The spiritual side? In Ordering Your Private World, Gordon MacDonald equips you to live life from the inside out, cultivating the inner victory necessary for effectiveness. Simplifying your external life begins with seeking internal order. In addition to focusing on spiritual and mental disciplines, you'll discover: The difference between being driven and being called The lifelong pursuit of the growth of the mind The importance of being a listener and reader How to exercise your soul to keep it in good shape Our culture encourages us to believe that the busy, publicly active person is also the most spiritual. Our massive responsibilities at home, work, and church have resulted in many of us on the verge of collapse. Learn to take a step back from the outer world and deal with the stress of life by developing your inner world: your soul..… (more)


Nelson Books (2003), Edition: English Language, 329 pages

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LibraryThing member dkvietzke
Encouragement and ideas for slowing down, living a more deliberate life, decluttering your mind, etc. I was impressed by his chapter on the value of solitude and quiet as well as the concept of sabbath rest.
LibraryThing member jpsnow
A little simplistic in writing style, but the author makes some very good points in favor of slowing down. His emphasis is on finding time to get quiet, to revitalize, to reflect on any matters of integrity, and to prepare for the next round of business. I especially appreciate the value he places
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on the Sabbath (or at least some "personal day" form of it). He does a good job of explaining the purpose, both to honor God and to rest -- not because things are finished, but because we should. He also advocates finding quiet time for prayer, reading, reflection, journal-keeping, and study each day.
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LibraryThing member jaygheiser
A useful book. It started off a bit slow for me--I really don't fit the workaholic mode. However it spoke to me more towards the end, especially the section on the need for keeping the sabbath.
LibraryThing member ylferif
Ordering Your Private World is relevant for anyone who feels hollow inside, or who worries that they may collapse under the weight of the outside world. Basing his argument on his Christian beliefs, MacDonald advocates becoming a "called" person rather than a "driven" person through disciplined use
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of time, life-long study, spiritual growth and rest. OYPW is relevant not just for the "driven" though. It is relevant for anyone who would like to strengthen their private world in order to better handle their outside world. The writing style is casual and personal.
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LibraryThing member PaDutchTravel
A great book on how to get your world in order. If your inner spiritual world is not in order than your outer public world will not be either. Mr. MacDonald shows you different areas (sectors) in your life that need to be balanced in order to achieve order in your outer world. Those areas are
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Motivation, Use of Time, Restoration, Wisdom and Knowledge, and Spiritual Strength. He shows you how to regain control of these areas and deepen your relationship with God to be the example the public world needs.
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LibraryThing member oel_3
A life changing book
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