The Life You've Always Wanted

  • by John Ortberg
  • Narrated by Jay Charles
  • 7 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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.
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- Tim "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."

Excellent book on Christian spiritual dicisplines

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

  • Release Date: 08-20-2004
  • Publisher: Zondervan