The Life You've Always Wanted by John Ortberg


This is a Christian book which I have had recommended to me several times. This is my sister-in-law’s favourite book.

Here is the synopsis for The Life You’ve Always Wanted:

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 everyday life has the potential to be lived as if Jesus himself were the one living it. John Ortberg calls us back to dynamic heartbeat of Christianity — God’s power to bring change and growth — and shows us how we can attain it . . . and why we should attain it. Offering modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines, Ortberg guides us on a journey beyond performance and externalism. As we learn not to run harder, but to walk with consistency, we’ll encounter joy, peace, kindness, and all the signposts of a faith that’s vital and growing. Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, an ECPA best-seller, is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that’s worth living. Life on the edge, that fills our ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and a joyous, growing closeness to Christ.

I found this book incredibly helpful. I found some of it washed over me, however, the key points were easy to remember. It is very informative, uses real life examples to help teach and is written well.

From this book I have learnt to do things as if Jesus were doing them, how to pray more effectively, how to mediate and study the Scriptures in a better method and change how I think when I am sometimes feeling low.

This isn’t a long book, only 220 pages and the text is broken up with a few diagrams, funny stories and tip-boxes to help put into action what has been read.

A helpful read.


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