Ordering Your Private World is one of those books that would have been awesome to read about twenty years ago. I'm thankful that I read it now with its re-release. MacDonald has been a pastor for over 50 years. In the beginning of the book, he shares a time in which he was constantly moving from one thing to the next within his work. After arriving at a place in which he couldn't continue the pace, he realized that his private world needed some priority in his life.
Ordering Your Private World is basically of how MacDonald went about moving from the world directing his steps to his steps directed by God. Not that he wasn't seeking God's will before but there is a definite difference in the priorities of life when you are centering yourself in God's will on a regular basis and when you just do what others say you should be doing even if those others are fellow Christians.
This book systematically takes the reader through the ability to recognize if your inner life is in need of a tune-up (which we all are if we're honest) and what steps you can take. There is a great mixture of things that you can do alone as well as communal aspects of ordering your private world. One of my favorite chapters was on friends and how we can seek out Godly friendship and cultivate it. Another favorite was on Sabbath, something our family tries to practice.
Overall, it's a great read and a wonderful reminder that we need to take time to be with God if we want to be directed by God.
I received a free copy of this book from Handlebar Marketing for the purpose of the review. I'm never required to post positive reviews but I'm always thankful when I can.