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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.
Excellent book. Thought provoking, well written and insightful. A great companion read either before or after "The Divine Conspiracy". Read morePublished 13 days ago by Lawrence Quammen
A great book for all Christians who desire to grow in their relationship with Christ.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Currently rewarding this volume. It is helping me so much, but I can only read a chapter at a time because it's rich!Published 2 months ago by Kathy S. Hogue
Excellent read on the nature and function of spiritual disciplines. A very thorough and well thought out read. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Burke
A very deep study of how we worship and try to understand the revelation of God so we may attempt to follow in the footsteps of His Son. This book can change your life.Published 2 months ago by janda
Filled with practical wisdom we seemed to have lost in modern Christendom.Published 3 months ago by Julia
Excellent book! One of the best I've read on the subject of the disciplines.Published 3 months ago by Douglas Adams