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The Spirit of the Disciplines places solitude and silence, prayer, simple and sacrificial living, meditation upon God's word and ways, and service to others at the heart of the gospel. "We need a deeper insight into our practical relationship to God in redemption," Willard writes. "We need an understanding that can guide us into constant interaction with the Kingdom of God." Speaking to what Willard identifies as "a widespread and deep longing among Christians and non-Christians alike for the personal purity and power to live as our hearts tell us we should," the observation of the disciplines can make the process of deepening and revitalizing our relationship with God a part of daily existence.
"We can increasingly resemble Christ in character and in power by following him in his overall style of life," Willard affirms. "This was the method of his earliest disciples, and it is as valid today as it was then...To enter into and increasingly master such a life is what having faith in Christ really means." To enter into the spirit and practice of the disciplines is to move toward the authentic life of faith. The Spirit of the Disciplines is an intelligent, thoughtful guide to an enriched spiritual life, a book about how to live as Christ lived, directed to those who hope to be his disciples in deed as well as intention. It details why the disciplines are essential to our deliverance from the concrete power of sin, and outlines the ways they can help each of us achieve the blessings of the companionship of Christ.
Refreshing teaching it really hits home. Thought provoking from start to finish.Published 24 days ago by Vincent Estes
I bought this book for a family member and they are very much immersed in reading this book.Published 1 month ago by Mellen
This is such a BAD title for such an AMAZING book! A more appropriate title would be, "How God changes lives" or "Signs of Discipleship". Read morePublished 1 month ago by D. Lee
This book gives us a great mindset towards disciplines and practices needed to find joy in our growth and suffering in our character shaping. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tribian