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The Life You've Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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In the six-session small group Bible study DVD, The Life You’ve Always Wanted, John Ortberg guides you and your group through the spiritual disciplines and teaches you how they can transform your spiritual life.

What does true spiritual life really look like? And what keeps you from living it? What can you do to pursue it?

If you’re tired of the status quo – if you suspect there’s more to Christianity than what you’ve experienced – John Ortberg invites you to join him on a road to transformation and spiritual vigor that anyone can take.

Cultivate new intimacy and confidence in prayer. Discover the freedom of secrecy. Taste the benefits of slowing life’s frenetic pace. Learn how to be guided by the Holy Spirit…and much more.

As in a marathon, the secret lied not in trying hard, but in training consistently. Proven by followers of Jesus over the centuries, the spiritual disciplines are exercises that strengthen your endurance race on the road to growth.

This DVD is designed for use together with The Life You’ve Always Wanted Participant Guide (sold separately). When used together, they provide you with a practical tool that can grow your faith. 

Sessions include: 
1. It’s Morphing Time
2. Slowing Down and Celebrating
3. Praying and Confessing
4. Meditating on Scripture and Seeking Guidance
5. Practicing Servanthood, Finding Freedom
6. Going the Distance with a Well-Ordered Heart

From the Back Cover

Small group Bible study will never be the same! With ZondervanGroupware Small Group Editions, leaders have interactive DVDs that feature bestselling authors Philip Yancey and John Ortberg to teach a small group Bible study in their own homes. The DVD and 32-page leader’s guide provides ease of facilitation for the small group leader. The participant’s guide, available separately, provides a book for small group members to follow along with the teaching and record responses to questions.

The Life You’ve Always Wanted—Over 300,000 books sold In these six video sessions, award-winning author John Ortberg offers modern perspectives on the ancient practice of spiritual disciplines. He teaches participants exercises that are essential for developing strength and maintaining endurance down the road of growth.


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Zondervan
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2005
  • Run Time: 6300 seconds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0310261783
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,510 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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There are some reviews of the DVD saying that you don't need the participant's guide. I don't know what they were thinking. The guide has questions you need to lead a thoughful discussion of the material after watching each DVD's 10-15 minute session. If you don't have the guide, you'll be stuck because the video will instruct you to pause it and discuss certain questions. The questions are found in the guide: The Life You've Always Wanted Participant's Guide: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People (Groupware)

What I would say though, is you don't need a participant's guide for all the participants. Just buy one DVD, and one guide for the leader to use in guiding the discussion time. If the participants want more, have them buy the actual book, which is much more in-depth.

I had a few group members who would read the book chapters ahead of time, then the DVD at the group meeting was basically supplemental. I had other group members who didn't want to read the book, so the DVD and discussion at the group meeting were all they got.

As the group leader, I would recommend you buy this DVD, one of the participant guides mentioned above (for the leader to use), and encourage your group members to each buy the book for themselves. The Life You've Always Wanted: Spiritual Disciplines for Ordinary People The material of all it was good, prompted great discussions, and people connected with the material, and John's relatable style.
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I read the book by Ortberg and was so moved that I decided to host a small-group series based on the topic. The DVD is very well done, and Ortberg's style of presenting is not only inspirational but fun. The participant's guide is a little overwhelming, so we've had to pick and choose what we discuss after the video portion -- there is far more material than can be handled in a one-hour session. I would recommend this video to any pastor or leader who wants to present some great material that will really help people grow spiritually. We did not ask people to read the book first, but after two sessions people indicated they wanted to buy the book to read.
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I have facilitated this as a Sunday school class and as a group leader for a home study. I strongly recommend using the book or study guide along with the dvd. I know a pastor's wife who finds value in rereading the book each year. Each session of the dvd is short enough to leave time for group discussion unlike others I have tried that ran too long. Ortberg is easy going and humorous but never strays from God's word and His desire for us to live a life filled with His love and grace as we grow in faith.
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John Ortberg has done another great study! I previously did "If you want to walk on water then get out of the boat" and it was fantastic. This study is great also and really leads you in the direction of the life we should all lead.
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