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Christians today are busier than ever before, doing the "spiritual" work they feel called to out of devotion for God. But are these earnest followers of Christ actually living their faith in a manner that is pleasing to Christ? Whitney (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian?) effectively challenges this "busy hands, empty heart" epidemic. Whitney poses intensely introspective questions to aid Christians as they gauge their own level of spiritual health. Do they have a driving thirst for God, as well as behavior dictated by God's holy standards? How loving to others and sensitive to the Holy Spirit are they? Do they experience genuine grief over personal sin and a willingness to forgive repeat offenders? Whitney also discusses the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditating upon Scripture, taking communion and fellowship with others of like faith, showing readers how to transform these often automatic enterprises into faith-building activities. He advises Christians to spend more energy enjoying God and developing a Christlike nature, rather than accomplishing ever-accelerating goals. He notes that seekers must be acutely aware that following Christ is a lifetime commitment and that they should resist the temptation to seek "spiritual" shortcuts to intimacy with God. This timely text is full of gentle admonitions to unearth deeply entrenched habits and dig for the treasure found only in a carefully honed relationship with God.

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"...An updated version of some of Johnathan Edwards' best work, this book poses the questions we need to ponder..." -- Mark Dever, Pastor, Capital Hill Baptist Church, author of Nine Marks of a Healthy Church

"...For believers who long for Revival, these are questions to which we'll regularly return. What a tool...!" -- Ron Owens, author of Return to Worship and They Could Not Stop the Music; Music and Worship Consultant for the International Mission Board, SBC

"...the questions the he supplies for this assessment not only help us examine our spiritual health, but...impart divine nutrition..." -- Bryan Chapell, Ph.D., President - Covenant Theological Seminary, Author of Christ-centered Preaching

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Product Details

  • Series: TrueColors
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: NavPress; 1St Edition edition (May 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576830969
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576830963
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #33,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DON WHITNEY has been Professor of Biblical spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, since 2005. Before that, he held a similar position (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, for 10 years. He is the founder and president of The Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don is a frequent speaker in churches, retreats, and conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Don grew up in Osceola, AR, where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. After graduating from Arkansas State, Don planned to finish law school and pursue a career in sportscasting. While at the University of Arkansas School of Law, he sensed God's call to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. He then enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, TX, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. In 1987, Don completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, IL. He earned a PhD in theology at the University of the Free State in Bloemfonteine, South Africa in 2013.

Prior to his ministry as a seminary professor, Don pastored Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, IL (a Chicago suburb), for almost 15 years. Altogether, he's served local churches in pastoral ministry for 24 years.

He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, which has a companion Study Guide. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian?, Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Simplify Your Spiritual Life, and Family Worship. His hobby is restoring and using old fountain pens.

Don lives with his wife, Caffy, in their home near Louisville. She teaches classes for seminary wives and is an artist, muralist, and illustrator. The Whitneys are parents of Laurelen.

Don's website is He's on Twitter @DonWhitney and on Facebook.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 18, 2005
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As believers, we often fall prey to the assumption that those who are busiest, are most spiritual. We look at the people in our churches who are involved in all the committees and are at every meeting and assume that they are the ones with the greatest measure of spiritual health. But do you think that is the measure God uses? Or does he have a different set of criteria by which He judges spiritual health? This short but powerful book examines the Bible's teaching on this matter.

As one might expect by the title, Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, this book presents the reader with ten criteria that can point towards spiritual health. The crux of the matter, the theme that flows throughout the book, is this: is your character becoming more like Christ's? Here are the ten questions the reader faces:

1. Do you thirst for God?

2. Are you governed increasingly by God's Word?

3. Are you more loving?

4. Are you more sensitive to God's presence?

5. Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?

6. Do you delight in the bride of Christ?

7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?

8. Do you still grieve over sin?

9. Are you a quicker forgiver?

10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?

Each of the questions is approached and evaluated in the light of Scripture and in a way consistent with Reformed theology. In the introduction Whitney writes "In our day, as in theirs [the Puritans], the timeless process of discerning one's spiritual health involves questions and tests.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bob Aubuchon on May 11, 2003
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Donald Whitney asks ten questions that examine and probe the Christian like a medical doctor would his patient to bring about a healthy result. This is a solid read and is not based upon a modern spiritualized "self-help" measure. Each question is biblically based and presents a real challenge to the sick as well as healthy Christian. Whitney states, "Nothing in the world is more important than an eternal, life-giving knowledge of God, through Jesus, who is the only way to the Father. I urge you not to take for granted the existence of such relationship between yourself and God. The Bible implores you to 'make you call and election sure.'" Anyone wishing to take a true examination of their spiritual health will do well to read and re-read this book with the Bible in hand. But be ready to discover you may not be as healthy as you think you are in your spiritual health. The Christian looking to become healthy in their relationship with Christ will want read this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Normal Guy on March 8, 2007
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I give this book out like it's candy. It is very straightforward, biblical and full of Scripture, and practical. I have never had anyone I've given it to say anything other than they liked it a lot and it was very helpful. Plus, contrary to many other books on spiritual discipline, it is a pretty easy and quick read. That's nice for normal, overwhelmed people, so that they don't get discouraged at having to read a huge volume.

Whitney is a scholar and has a passion for the practical, everyday life as it pertains to living out one's faith. I'd highly recommend this book.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Joseph J.Adrian on April 22, 2005
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The number of books that Christians in general(and the Puritans in particular)have written on assessing one's spiritual health are numerous. The subject of examining one's faith is scarcely writtenabout compared with the last four centuries. Some of the classics(to name a few)from the 17th and 18th century are 'Religious Affections'-Jonathan Edwards,Spiritual Refining-Anthony Burgess,The Parable of the Ten Virgins-Thomas Shepard and 'The Touchstone of Sincerity'-Thomas Brooks. A couple of the books written closer to our present day that broach the same subject are:'The Distinguishing Traits of Christian Character'-Gardiner Spring and 'Profiting from the Word'-A.W.Pink. There is a need for modern books that make such attempts and Donald Whitney's 'Ten Questions...' helps fill that need. Some think that such books lead to excessive(or morbid) introspection, and that may be a danger for some. However the far greater dangerin the 21st century is the lack of sufficient attention given to the state of ones soul. Given the Biblical exhortations to heed this important duty it seems to be ignored in many Christian circles in our day. It is a healthy practice to consider one's spiritual health and the questions asked and examined by Pastor Whitney are not only excellent questions,but much wisdom and gentleness is displayed.InChap.5 ,the question being 'Do you have a growing concern for the Spiritual and Temporal needs of Others?Christians are sometimes unbalanced in seeking to meet the Spiritual needs while overlooking the temporal needs. Thus Pastor Whitney writes on p.71"To say in effect,I love you so much and am so concerned about you that I want to give you the words of eternal life,but I don't care enough to address your basic and pressing physical need,is a denial of my supposed concern.Read more ›
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