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When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box [Paperback]

By John Ortberg (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.87" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.79"
Binding  Softcover
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  0310253195  
EAN  9780310253198  
UPC  025986253196  

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FOR DISTRIBUTION OUTSIDE THE USA. A promotion. A new house. The rewards of winning at life?s game can be thrilling. But eventually everything goes back into the box, and what ultimately matters is whether we?ve played according to God?s rules. John Ortberg uses popular games and his trademark gift of storytelling to help us live our lives for the things that really count.

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John Ortberg

John Ortberg is the senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church (MPPC) in the San Francisco Bay Area. His bestselling books include Soul Keeping, Who Is This Man?, and If You Want to Walk on Water, You've Got to Get out of the Boat. John teaches around the world at conferences and churches, writes articles for Christianity Today and Leadership Journal, and is on the board of the Dallas Willard Center and Fuller Seminary. He has preached sermons on Abraham Lincoln, The LEGO Movie, and The Gospel According to Les Miserables. John and his wife Nancy enjoy spending time with their three adult children, dog Baxter, and surfing the Pacific. You can follow John on twitter @johnortberg or check out the latest news/blogs on his website at

John Ortberg currently resides in the state of Illinois.

John Ortberg has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Christian Softcover Originals
  2. New Community
  3. Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
  4. Renovare Resources
  5. Today's Teachers of the Bible
  6. Truth for Today: From the Old Testament

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
worth the time  May 24, 2010
Borrowed a copy from a friend, decided to add it to my library of study/teaching materials. Takes a bit of patience with oneself to work through the lessons, as one tests the theories and instructions pertaining to personal experiences. there are supplemental materials to use in class situations where a student workbook is helpful. Not light reading, but worth the time and effort to finish the book.
Living a life worth having  May 5, 2010
I think it was John Bunyan who said, "If a man would live well, let him fetch his last day to him and make it always his company keeper." This book is one to help you do just that. I read this book during Lent this year to help me with examen. It's a book every Christian should read reflectively. Ortberg mixes his words of wisdom with humor to make the medicine go down, but the book deals with a serious subject: How to live a life that really matters (to God, you and others you care for) and be the kind of person that others will love now and miss when you're gone. Life's too short to waste. I highly recommend it.
Matthew  Mar 12, 2010
This book puts life into prospective. John Ortberg is one of my favorite authors. This was my second book of his and I just got another. He's a very inspirational writer. I would recommend this book and many others of his to everybody who's looking to grow as a Christian.
Thought provoking  Jul 6, 2009
Ortberg's book is a thought provoking read. Indeed, life is a lot like a game...figure out the rules, devise a strategy, hope for a bit of luck, strive for success. But in the end, what we leave behind...our what's important. I borrowed this book from a friend and had to have my own copy.
Great inspiration.  May 1, 2009
I read this book at a time when life challenges seemed to consume me. Without doubt, the author reminded me to get my priorities straight through the use of simple stories and easy to remember recommendations. Rather than worry about "things," look for ways to help "people."

The chapters may be read in isolation. I've done that many times. We learn about the author's life (game player grandson, tennis player, church leader) on the way to a "life lesson" about trusting in God's plan. We're also reminded of people in the past that suffered while growing on the inside. Often, I simply read the end of a chapter as daily inspiration. Rather than feeling stressed about things, I was inspired to find ways of making life better for those I'm around. That's not always easy.

Will you find this book as uplifting as I did? Maybe. I needed reminders because it was so easy to fall back into that routine of trying to control temporary situations. Look back at all the time/energy wasted on things that ultimately fade as priorities until new things come up to worry about. After reading this book (multiple times), I'm a better person for coming up with ways to make God smile. In the end, that's all you take with you.

Good luck.

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