Questions for ORDERING YOUR PRIVATE WORLD by Gordon MacDonald

  1. How have you responded to Gordon’s ‘Memo to the disorganized’?


  1. Have you experienced a situation like Gordon described of ‘Hitting the wall’ – tears, ‘destructive busyness’, chaotic life, being swept along, out of control, low mood, destabilizing thoughts – feeling spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and physically drained? Did you seek God and establish a new regime as he did?


  1. When you perceive you have talents, are you tempted to rely on them to get you through? What does Gordon suggest in this circumstance?


  1. We have been challenged to question whether we are a driven person or sense God’s call. Gordon has a chapter on living as a called person. What stands out for you from his challenges?


  1. Time management is the key to spending quality time with God. What tips have you applied in your life from Gordon’s discoveries in section two?


  1. The statement – ‘Disorganized people feel poorly about their work’ – prompts the question – Were you challenged to think about what you do each day and take some action?


  1. When Gordon gives insights about Jesus’ life and mission, is there a picture that inspires you to order your private world?


  1. Thinking seems to be going out of fashion – was there a process you considered vital to improving your thinking and listening skills?


  1. The spiritual centre of our lives is alluded to using the picture of a garden. Good gardening involves removing weeds, cultivating rich fellowship with God and harvesting the fruit of work and time spent there. Would you describe the time you spend with God sufficient to produce fruit?


  1. Our journey inward needs help – silence, solitude and journals are Gordon’s props. Does this ring true for you?  Do you gain assurance from God that you are valued, loved and supported as from a father and/or military commander?  What are your experiences regarding meditation using the Bible?


ordering your private world

In today’s busy world, it is increasingly difficult to discover the inner peace and order that bring an outward sense of stability and joy. By working through five specific areas, MacDonald gives readers helpful advice for fighting the disorder within and finding personal growth and spiritual development.