The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People

61jzkrwv0dl-_sx327_bo1204203200_You can live a deeper, more spiritual life right where you are.

The heart of Christianity is transformation—a relationship with God that impacts not just our spiritual lives but every aspect of our daily lives. John Ortberg calls readers back to the dynamic heartbeat of Christianity—God’s power to bring change and growth—and reveals how and why transformation takes place.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted offers modern perspectives on the ancient path of the spiritual disciplines. But it is more than just a book about things to do to be a good Christian. It’s a road map toward true transformation that starts not with the individual but with the person at the journey’s end—Jesus Christ.

As with a marathon runner, the secret to finishing a race lies not in trying harder, but in training consistently—training with the spiritual disciplines. The disciplines are neither taskmasters nor ends in themselves. Rather they are exercises that build strength and endurance for the road of growth. The fruit of the Spirit—joy, peace, kindness, etc.—are the signposts along the way.

Paved with humor and sparkling anecdotes, The Life You’ve Always Wanted is an encouraging and challenging approach to a Christian life that’s worth living—a life on the edge that fills an ordinary world with new meaning, hope, change, and joy.

One thought on “The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People

  1. I got this book after last year’s book challenge. I’m not quite sure why this book stood out to me, but I think I wanted a book that would guide my spiritual transformation to impact my everyday life. My favorite chapters were ch.3 and 12. In ch.3 it talks about how discipleship and discipline are crucial parts of Christian life, because if done right we practice a discipline that strengthens my ‘not-doing’ muscles. I must train wisely, not just harder, by clearly knowing my weaknesses. In ch.12, the author emphasizes that our life must go beyond a balanced life that compartmentalizes and lacks the notion that our lives are owned by someone greater than ourselves. Our quest for a well-ordered heart refocuses our heart to become increasingly free from sin but also free from the desire of sin.

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