When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back in the Box
Bestselling author, pastor, and consummate storyteller John Ortberg tells us we can take pretty much only what we brought to the game. Everything else goes back in the box-the cash atop the corporate ladder, the vacation home at the lake, and the status vehicle in between.
All the tokens, game pieces, and prizes are left behind when we walk away from the table. The only rea...more
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Life is short, so we should make the best of the time we have on earth. Be generous. Don't hold grudges. Love your neighbor. Play fair. Be a gracious ...more
The author emphasizes a Divine perspective on life, stressing the value of eternal things rather than temporal things. He does it in a unique, upbeat way. ...more
This is an evaluation of chasing money and promotions while sacrificing relationships in the process. This is an evaluation of a symptom of many a poor soul who cries out on his death bed after all is said and done. Relationships are sacrificed for career gain far too often in an empirical world. If you haven't experienced this in yourself or those you love or once loved, then you are a rarity. This is ...more
Sometimes books just need to nudge you forward on your path, sometimes they need to bring you back to the path, and sometimes just reaffirm what you feel in your heart. For me it was getting me back on the path.
Ortberg is a masterful storyteller and here he uses his stories to bring you face-to-face wi ...more
I am so thankful to Ortberg for reminding me what on earth should I be doing with my life, even as I am embarking on a new journey in life that would kickoff the start of a career (and involve financing ...more
It All Goes Back in the Box by John Ortberg, pastor and best selling author, is a clever and wise book about the fact that life is short and often our priorities are flawed and driven by plans for worldly success. Playing Monopoly with his grandmother taught Ortberg that when the game is over it all goes back in the box. This game metaphor for life continues throughout the book pointing out that the object in life is not to win houses, hotels, fame or fortune. The object for a Christian is to “b ...more
Each chapter weaves the rules of gaming with the Christian journey: understanding the object of the game (being spiritually rich toward God); the setup (keeping score, taking ...more
I now try and note at least one thing which I am grateful for per day, as a means of remembering that everything is God given and undeserved. And I'm also more aware of allowing myself to settle for second best, to focus on things which I have prioritised, rather than God's priorities for me, on a day to day, month to month bas ...more
It was on a subject close to my heart at the moment, being rich towards God.
It included down to earth teaching on the importance of not focusing on stuff and instead focusing on people.
It talked about loving God and loving people.
It was easy to read
It made me laugh
It made me cry – the Johnny the bagger story
It was encouraging and uplifting and it di ...more
The overall theme is to make live worth living, since it will eventually come to an end, just like a board game. The book is divided into sections - setup, hazards, how to play, and so on - with parts of games used as analogies for different aspects of living life.
I don't suppose there was an ...more
Pastor John has a great way of being humorous, painfully honest, and poignant in his messages. This book does not disappoint. ...more
One commentary on the cultural change moving away from truth:
"Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
If I should die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my soul to take."
The author suggests the recitations of this prayer have declined significantly over the last fifty years. Today we deny heaven and hell (Every one is go ...more
There are a lot of great metaphors and stories - great fodder for sermon illustrations for all you pastors out there.
However, half way through the book you realise that (the usually wonderful) John Ortberg hasn't actually got enough material for an entire book based on this metaphor, or analogy, and simply repeats himself.
My least favourite of Ortberg's books, sadly.