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For normal guys - If you've ever been overwhelmed by the spiritual disciplines, or just don't know where to start
on April 23, 2008
One of the hardest things a man faces when he walks in the church for the first time, or the first time in a long time, is the way everyone walks around using vocabulary he doesn't get, using words that mean different things outside the church than inside the church, and acting like everyone knows what they're talking about. No topic is perhaps more discussed but less understood by the average guy - not Joe SuperChristian, but a regular guy - than the area of spiritual disciplines.
This book is quite simply the best introduction to the spiritual disciplines I've read. My initial reaction was that it was a little broad and not too deep. But then I realized that's the genius of it! It's not so deep that you can never finish it. I've talked to plenty of guys that have started books on spiritual disciplines and never finished them. You will finish this book. It will give you a great "first step" towards deepening your relationship with God.
In addition, it's written specifically to men. It's not all touchy and feely, nor is it overly academic. It talks about areas of a man's life that he might not have ever thought of having to do with spiritual disciplines.
After you've read this and the regular practice of paying attention to God becomes a part of your life, you might very well want to read Bridges or Whitney.
So who should read this book? Anyone who is:
- mystified by all the "spiritual disciplines" vocabulary
- tried and failed to to "do" spiritual disciplines
- frustrated that they don't "get" spiritual disciplines
- a disciplemaker interested in helping other guys begin to build a life that is centered on God and what His will is
- a regular guy who wants to give more of his life over to God's direction