Book Review: Ordering Your Private World

“I believe that one of the great battlegrounds of our age is the private world of the individual.”
– Gordon MacDonald


Currently I’m having a lot of trouble walking. What started as a burning ache last week has become a real pain in both feet. On the outside you wouldn’t know anything is wrong, but something has happened internally and they cannot bear the weight they were created to.

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a few weeks, but life has been pretty chaotic inwardly and outwardly. Just as my feet need to be strengthened and supported and rested to heal, I am painfully aware the same is true for my inner self.

Our world is all about looks and productivity. We work endless hours and then come home to hours spent on technology. We don’t sleep well, and we certainly don’t rest well. In the Christian sphere, we also tend to fall into the false belief that those who are the busiest and most active are the most spiritual, but then we wonder why our leaders fall into great sin, turn away, or burn out.

I am thankful for voices like Gordon MacDonald pointing us toward wholeness.¬†Ordering Your Private World is easy to read¬† and is filled with practicality to help you and me bring our inner lives into right alignment to support our outer lives. Don’t be fooled though. It will take commitment and making hard choices.

As an added aide to following through with the practical points of the book, there is a study guide included to help the reader think more personally. The guide could be used for just the reader or to help lead a small group study if you are so inclined.

This is a book that I’m adding to my shelf to keep, and I am looking forward to implementing some of the author’s suggestions. There’s no reason for us to wait until our entire world collapses around us to realize that we need to make changes. We don’t have to be part of the status quo. MacDonald has a lot of wisdom to offer on seeking God first practically so we can be fit to do what He calls us to do publicly. Let’s start living life from the inside out as we were created to, not just for our health, but also for those we are called to serve.

I received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar in exchange for my honest review.

Book Review: The Awakening of HK Derryberry

For as long as I can remember I have been fascinated by stories based on true events and lives. The events and experiences that real people face and overcome never ceases to amaze me. So when I was offered the opportunity to read The Awakening of HK Derryberry, I just couldn’t pass it up. This is the inspirational account of how one man, Jim Bradford, befriended a young boy with Cerebral Palsy and blindness, HK Derryberry.

The story begins with coffee, which I personally believe most good things in life do.It is quick, easy, inspirational read, and a beautiful reminder not to discount or fear someone because of what we define as a disability.

One of my favorite conversations in the book was this:

“Mr. Bradford, what are you doing?”

“I’m trying to find my handicap placard.”

“I didn’t know you were handicapped!”

“I’m not, knucklehead; you are.”

“Oh yeah, I forgot.” (208)

HK Derryberry is a remarkable human being who clearly overcomes seemingly impossible odds, and has touched many lives. What the world sees as a disability may truly be his greatest gift.

For Jim Bradford, I think this story shows how powerful our choices are. What brought the two together was initially because he deviated from his routine one morning. But not just that, he could have pitied or even felt compassion for the HK and his situation, but gone no further; instead, he acted and gave of himself and his time.

While the book probably isn’t one I will ever read again, I’m happy to have met HK and Jim in its pages, and I think most of us could learn a thing or two from both HK and Jim.


I received a complimentary copy of this book through Handlebar in exchange for my honest review.