Ordering Your Private World, by Gordon MacDonald, published by W Group, An Imprint of Thomas Nelson.
I was all in for a book on how to put some order in my life. I did not expect what this book had to offer. This was not ten daily procedures to do every day to fulfill that sense of order so many seem to be seeking. This was more along the lines of a father saying, “let’s get real, here, kid. You have some issues that aren’t surrendered to God, and let’s take a look at how we can get your private world, your spirit, back in line with God.”
I admit it took some re-reading in places to first accept what was said, then to fully understand it and then to embrace it. But the more I read, the more I recognized some of my tendencies, the more excited I got because there was no condemnation, just input from a man who has been in ministry for almost as long as I’ve been alive. Some things I had criticized in myself were not hopeless, and when submitted and turned in the right direction, could be not only satisfying but helpful to others. Some things he shared were simply being the person God created us to be, distorted by our own focus on self and not God. What I appreciated was the fact that no quick fixes were offered. It was a logical, loving list of examples from his own life, and those of people he has worked with, on how we can be our own worst enemies, but when we come to realize that we are not meant to be driven, but are meant to be called, each according to our own temperaments, skills, and life opportunities given us by God and that it is a journey to be walked, sometimes with more difficulty than at other times, each and every day. He explains the importance of worship, relationships, prayer, and rest. He uses examples from the Bible demonstrating the order Jesus had in his “private world”, that inner being led by the Spirit of God.
There is so much more the book goes into, but if you are serious about keeping yourself from getting to the point of a meltdown, if you want the peace that comes with order, an order that is not legalistic, but spiritual, then I would highly recommend Ordering Your Private World.
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