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Product Details

  • Series: Pursuing Spiritual Transformation
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (September 11, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310220750
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310220756
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

John Ortberg is a teaching pastor at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Illinois. Each week he speaks to thousands of people at the church's New Community services. John has written for Christianity Today and is a frequent contributor to Leadership Journal

From the Back Cover

What would your life be like if Jesus lived it? Imagine the change you would experience in your thoughts, actions, and relationships. Think of the joy and freedom that could transform every area of your life.

That’s exactly what God has in mind for you! You’ll find out how in Growth. Through personal study and small group interaction, this study sets you on a path to live out the character of Jesus in this world as only you can. It happens not by trying hard, but by training. By cultivating spiritual disciplines--Scripture meditation, prayer, solitude, endurance, loving others--you’ll discover the joy of being transformed by Christ and the freedom of living each day sustained by his power.

Leader’s guide included!

Growth group sessions are: Training to Live Like Jesus The Practice of Scripture Meditation The Practice of Solitude Simple Prayer Three Transforming Prayers The Roundabout Way And the Greatest of These Is Love


More About the Author

Judson Poling is currently President of Cambia Resources, LLC a consulting and team development firm. He is a free-lance writer and life-coach, and spent 29 years on the staff of Willow Creek Community Church doing a variety of roles including volunteer leadership development and authoring innovative growth resources. He is also the founding Board Chairman of The Crucible Project, a not-for-profit transformational retreat ministry for men with chapters in the United States and Australia.

He has over 1.8 million copies of his books in circulation. He is general editor of The Journey: A Study Bible for Spiritual Seekers. He also wrote, Taking the Old Testament Challenge and Interpretation: Discovering the Bible for Yourself. He is coauthor of the Walking with God series (with Don Cousins); the Pursuing Spiritual Transformation series (with John Ortberg and Laurie Pederson); the Tough Questions series (with Garry Poole); The Be With Factor: Mentoring Students in Everyday Life (with Bo Boshers); and Fight: Winning the Battles that Matter Most (with Craig Groeschel).

He has three Silver Medallion awards from the ECPA; a Masters of Divinity degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and a BA in Hebrew and Semitic Studies from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

He raised two (now adult) children, Anna and Ryan, without killing either one of them--so he now can spoil his two grandsons Max and Jack. He also managed to get his wife, Deb Poling, to stay married to him since 1978.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anon on May 20, 2003
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Growth: Training vs. Trying is a very readable book with short but pointed narratives and spritual exercises.
Each lesson identifies an area of discipline. The text isn't afraid to address common misunderstandings, mistakes and shortcoming when it comes to our exercising a certain discipline. And yet, it is encouraging and helpful in allowing the reader to see where he/she would rather be in his/her relationship with God and how to get there. The spiritual exercises are especially helpful in moving the reader from "theory" in the lesson to practical daily "application".
While the text and the spiritual exercises were excellent, the bible study questions were a bit lacking and not necessarily good in prompting meaningful discussion. I would not use it as is but rather as a roadmap/guide in exploring key ideas and develop your own questions for small group discussions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darien Gabriel on February 25, 2008
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I recommend this book because of the ideas presented and how they communicate.

The idea of training versus trying really resonated with me and I believe others. What Ortberg writes here is alone worth the purchase of the book. If using this in a small group helps others move from trying to training, it's money well spent.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Duncan on June 22, 2009
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This is the best book I've been through so far for helping small groups get started. It lays the foundation for what it takes to have a sucessful small group. I've been working with off campus small groups at my church for 4+ years now, and this is really good stuff.
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I found this study to encourage depth in my spiritual life. May be done alone but it is most helpful to share feedback with others.
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