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4.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 54.11 out of 5 4.11 (36 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gordon MacDonald Narrator: Sam Bogart Publisher: Thomas Nelson, Inc. Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2001 ISBN:
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I'm so disorganized! I can't get my act together! My inner life is a mess! How many times have you heard (or even said) those words? Our culture produces so many books to help us organize our work, our schedules, our studies, our careers, that we may be tempted to think it is possible to order our inner world by establishing control in the outer world of activity. Gordon MacDonald believes otherwise. In a memo to the disorganized he says, If my private world is in order, it will be because I am convinced that the inner world of the spiritual must govern the outer world of activity. He breaks down this private world into five sectors: motivation, use of time, wisdom and knowledge, spiritual strength, and restoration, and offers both inspiration and practical steps toward order. These are gleaned from years of Bible study and reading about the lives and writings of Christians throughout the history of the church, and tested in his own experience. Here is a very personal treatment of a very personal problem - Ordering Your Private World. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 2/12/2014

    " One of those books that is life-changing. I haven't even had time to breathe in the past few months as I've been striving for my best with my business. It seems everything else has gone to the dogs in the process! This book is getting me back on track with everything that is important "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leena V. | 2/10/2014

    " Recommended! Put inner self in ordered. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 2/8/2014

    " Great book with many great insights on how to not only organize your life for what is seen in the outer appearance, but rather ordering it from the inside-out. The book can be a little hard to read though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista | 2/4/2014

    " I really enjoyed how practical this book was. It gave advice on how to really get your life in order and ways that you can actually do that in your life. It's a book that takes the scripture and really puts them to use in our daily life. I highly recommend this book. Don't put it at the bottom of your to-do list or to-read this. Put it at the top! After all, the sooner you read it, the faster you will get to all those other items as well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol Ho | 2/2/2014

    " This book really made me think about life in a different way. It is a book especially good for over-achievers and people who are really busy. It helps a person start to order their inner life, and gives a fresh new look at spiritual disciplines, making time for important things in life, and rhythyms of work and rest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodney | 2/2/2014

    " A fantastic book for driven folks (like I used to be/fight not to be.) Good focus on moving from drivenness to "calledness." I am all for ambition, but holy ambition is different than careerism, materialism, etc., that often masquerade as the real thing. This book also makes a great point that not just businessmen, lawyers, or doctors can suffer from drivenness, but so can those in "ministry." I highly recommend this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 1/30/2014

    " Dry and uninspiring. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 mori | 1/28/2014

    " i've read this book every year around christmas time for the past 8 years. it's just a good re-evaluation of everything. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Alma Santana | 1/11/2014

    " This is a perfect book for anyone who wastes too much time and does not have a clue on how to organize their time, life. It answered questions I always wondered about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jay Minor | 12/30/2013

    " I reread this book every year. So many things to learn and relearn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian Davis | 11/25/2013

    " Very convicting book for me. We are called to honor God w/ our talents, even if we could get by w/ less. He is concerned w/ our motivations and I learned I want to be "called" not "driven". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joye | 11/21/2013

    " I really love this book. I've read it twice, so far and I get something out of it each time. In fact, it's back on my current reading book shelf to read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Danny Leavins | 10/29/2013

    " I just read this. I really liked the sections comparing the "driven" person to the "called" person. A great reminder of how important devotional time is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimmie | 10/28/2013

    " Really understanding what I am called to do versus what I'm driven to do.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 10/22/2013

    " Also read 8/28/01 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Shepherd | 10/5/2013

    " So, the book knocks you out...not from boredom, but in how we organize our lives daily. If you're struggling with balance and purpose...it's a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen | 8/10/2013

    " A great book on spiritual disciplines, full of practical wisdom and one of the best discussions on the purpose and value of sabbath rest that I've read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally Beveridge | 5/7/2013

    " Really logical and practical and sensible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 4/19/2013

    " I really enjoyed it. I have marked many many pages to go back and capture quotes and further reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry Jin | 9/1/2012

    " This book transformed my life. In a time of great stress and trial, it gave me the tools and the foundation to seek God consistently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly Bolden | 3/4/2012

    " Great guide for self evaluation. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 6/20/2011

    " Read this approx. 20 years ago, and I remember being so impressed by it. I need to read it again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 6/14/2011

    " A good book for Pastors trying to balance their lives. Good instruction on how to live a disciplined life. MacDonald has a real father's heart for Pastors and Leaders. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark | 4/2/2011

    " Thought provoking and challenging especially given our fast-paced society. Highly recommend this book if you want to truly get your life (and heart) in order. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 3/2/2011

    " I really enjoyed it. I have marked many many pages to go back and capture quotes and further reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff | 2/25/2011

    " Read this approx. 20 years ago, and I remember being so impressed by it. I need to read it again! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tyler | 1/13/2011

    " I wasn't a fan of the book as a whole... HOWEVER... There were some amazing truths hidden within the chapters that did help me out a lot. With that being said... It was worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jay | 10/12/2010

    " A surprisingly timeless book on keep your life/time in order.....Offers help in the spiritual disciplines as well.....Seems to be geared specifically towards pastors... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 9/19/2010

    " A very practical book that speaks from the authors experience, not just theory. Looking forward to finishing this book... have read several chapters, as my wife has referenced them in our sharing... when she's finished with the book it'll be my next read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich | 3/18/2010

    " So, the book knocks you out...not from boredom, but in how we organize our lives daily. If you're struggling with balance and purpose...it's a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/22/2010

    " Very convicting book for me. We are called to honor God w/ our talents, even if we could get by w/ less. He is concerned w/ our motivations and I learned I want to be "called" not "driven". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 April | 1/3/2010

    " A great book that points to many ways to order our personal lives in order to improve our ministry or other activities. Very focused on keeping God at the center and VERY insightful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Henry | 10/29/2009

    " This book transformed my life. In a time of great stress and trial, it gave me the tools and the foundation to seek God consistently. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrienne | 10/18/2009

    " I read this when I was making decisions about how to create balance in my life and not let tenure dictate my schedule, relationships, attitude (stay tuned to find out if I regret that decision...) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Theresa | 9/28/2009

    " Great book with many great insights on how to not only organize your life for what is seen in the outer appearance, but rather ordering it from the inside-out. The book can be a little hard to read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marc | 7/30/2009

    " Practical book about priorities and motives. Very similar to Peter Lord's "Soul Care" which is also on my list here. "

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