It was easy to make the selection of Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald to take on as a review book. The title itself got my attention as something that would easily benefit me. While it did provide information on organizing and time management, it all started with an explanation of why your private world is so important.
Your private world is the foundation that everything is built on. We spend lots of time focusing on the outside world, the one that everyone sees and in some ways, judges us on. But if you don’t have your private world in order, the rest isn’t going to be worth much in the long run. MacDonald’s explanations are solid and practical. They make it easy to understand just why getting the private world in order is so critical no not just what you do but who you are.
I love the word pictures that MacDonald creates. My favorite being the idea of an unordered private world being like a sinkhole. You can build all kinds of things on top of it, but there’s a chance that one day, that emptiness is going to catch up with you and put everything that you’ve worked so hard on at risk. That’s a pretty vivid explanation for the importance of looking internally.
Some of the book is focused on a certain type of person, the driven individual that forfeits lots of other things in order to obtain what they want. I have to admit, I skimmed a lot of this as I didn’t feel like it pertained to me. While everyone has some of those characteristics, I didn’t feel like that was me. Otherwise, much of what he said was applicable.
This book is ideal for just about anyone. Who wouldn’t benefit from the reminder that you’re private world and private time needs to have a focus. Putting prayer, devotions, and even silence into practice can have amazing effects on how things go both inside and outside of a person. The study guide helps narrow down the focus for those that may not have the time to digest the book in one or two settings.