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How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Your Life Paperback – August 7, 2018
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Praise for How to Grow
God wants us to grow. But without a plan, growth will remain an aspiration instead of a reality. How to Grow provides a robust, practical, and habit-based plan to help individuals and churches become more intentional in pursuing transformation. If you’re interested in growing and helping others grow, then you’ll appreciate this book.
Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center
I’ve become such an admirer of Darryl Dash in the several years I’ve known him, and I’m grateful to see his pastoral and practical wisdom poured into these pages. Without a doubt, people will read How to Grow and discover habits to help them grow in Christ. This will now be the first book I turn to in my own discipleship relationships.
JEN POLLOCK MICHEL
Author of Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place
Deeply simple. Profoundly accessible. Generously gracious. Here are three phrases that describe How to Grow. In his book, Darryl outlines a refreshing approach to an ancient practice—spiritual growth. So don’t miss this, and don’t read it too fast either—take it one step at a time.
Author of No Silver Bullets, coauthor of Planting Missional Churches,
director of church multiplication at NewChurches.com, podcaster, and teaching pastor
Discipleship is a key but often neglected part of Christian life and ministry. Without intentionality, it simply won’t happen. I’m encouraged to see Darryl exploring this important topic, and pray that this book will be a blessing to the church.
Author of Do More Better and blogger at challies.com
While we may say we believe the gospel, most of us aren’t changed by it. How to Grow is about how to get the gospel in you—not through more information but through desire-forming habits.
Darryl Dash’s book is a hopeful and practical pathway for personal and communal transformation: one that combats “try harder and know more” with the explosive power of grace.
Pastor’s wife, and author of Finding Holy in the Suburbs
If you’re frustrated by the long lists of do’s and don’ts often found in books on spiritual growth, you’ll find How to Grow refreshingly straightforward and relevant. Filled with relatable stories, reflection
questions, and actionable next steps, this book invites readers to grow into the full life found in Jesus Christ, not just in the eternity to come but in our daily lives right where we are.
Founder of One Thing Alone Ministries, and author of Full: Food, Jesus, and the Battle for Satisfaction and He Is Enough: Living in the Fullness of Jesus
Darryl Dash has an ability to present the truth in memorable and inviting ways. This book will be another good contribution to the community of faith.
Author of This Is Our Time, Bible and Reference Publisher at LifeWay Christian Resources and managing editor of The Gospel Project
I cannot overstate my enthusiasm for Darryl Dash’s project How to Grow. Though there are plenty of books on the classic spiritual disciplines, there are precious few that equip believers for practicing spiritual disciplines as a means of grace—as habits of the heart integrated into the whole of life. I will rejoice when this book gets published.
SCOTTY WARD SMITH
Teacher in Residence at West End Community Church, Nashville, TN, professor, and author of Everyday Prayers
Luther once said that to progress is always to begin again. In other words, Christian growth is not so much about reaching one new level of spirituality after the next as it is about returning, again and again, to the same grace that saved us in the first place. ’Tis grace that brought us safe thus far, and grace will lead us home. Few resources help us in this grace journey as clearly and effectively as How to Grow does. I look forward not only to benefitting from Darryl’s guidance myself, but also to sharing it with friends and congregants who long for progress in their journey toward becoming like Christ.
Pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church and author of From Weakness to Strength and Irresistible Faith.
The thing I love most about How to Grow is that Dash approaches spiritual discipleship holistically. He understands that there’s no sacred/ secular divide, and all of life can be worship and an opportunity to grow closer to Christ. Dash teaches people how to truly be successful in applying the gospel to all areas of life, because he understands that it’s only by God’s grace.
CHELSEA PATTERSON SOBOLIK
Author of Longing for Motherhood
I like this book a lot. It is simple, clear, biblically faithful, and extremely practical. Written by a pastor with experience in the stop and start nature of spiritual growth.
Founder of 20schemes, and author of Church in Hard Places
From the Back Cover
Do you ever wonder if this is it?
Are you feeling stuck or stagnant in your spiritual life? Do you want to enjoy God more? The good news is that spiritual growth is NOT about white-knuckling your way to sainthood.
But how do you actually do it? In How to Grow, Darryl Dash presents a habit-based approach to spiritual growth that is theologically rich, strategic, and highly practical. With warmth, wisdom, and wit, Darryl exposes common misconceptions of spiritual growth, helps you identify where you are in the process, and teaches you to discern what your next step should be. And he’ll show you how to successfully build practices that will help you delight in God and life—even in the midst of difficulty.
Beginning with the gospel and ending with loving Jesus more today than you did yesterday, you can experience the change you’re looking for.
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0802418198
- ISBN-13 : 978-0802418197
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Publisher : Moody Publishers (August 7, 2018)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #827,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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God still uses in a simple but profound way "ordinary people" just like you and me! What an amazing idea!
The first chapter launches into what Jesus has done for us—freeing us from guilt and shame, that we're loved and accepted, and that God will give us the power to develop love, joy, kindness, peace, patience, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. That we're part of a family, that we can have hope when we suffer, that our lives have meaning and that we can look to Jesus as an example on how to live.
I find that so many books often skip the Gospel, but it's crucial to continually be reminded of the good news when trying to frame what a Christian life could look like.
2. Darryl hits the nail on the head when he says that spiritual growth isn't about behavioural modification or merely putting knowledge into action. Instead, growth is all about God's freeing grace and His work in us that will lead to the change in our habits and desires.
3. It's a quick, enjoyable read, that doesn't use bigger words than needed or says the same things over and over again.
4. Darryl often quotes directly from the Bible to back up his points so you can see for yourself.
5. I enjoy the actionable format with the chapter summary, the coaching-style personal questions to reflect on, and the "so, what now?" style of how you could apply the chapter to your life.
6. There are plenty of neat little aha!'s, like the argument that joy and happiness were historically the same things.
7. I think it's real enough and helpful enough that I could just hand it to a new Christian without having to worry that it's too hard to get into or too simplistic to be meaningful.
Personally, I wish there was a bit more covered on the 3 core habits, especially the second core habit: prayer. I think prayer could have had its own dedicated chapter. But that might just illustrate my own specific need of focus right now, and perhaps the book would have been too drawn out.
If you're feeling stuck, or you're feeling beat down about your spiritual life, I think you'll find that this book is helpful for moving forward by reminding yourself of God's good grace to continuing work in you and then what your next step could be.
Author: Darryl Dash
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
I want to call you to do ordinary things that will make an extraordinary difference, not just in your life but in the lives of others.
This quotation sums up the entire book in one simple sentence. This isn’t a complex book, full of convoluted to-do lists. Instead, the author offers simple, basic tenets of faith—praying, reading the Bible, involvement in a church—to build a foundation on, followed by “extra” things that can be added on after the basics are mastered. (Hint: the basics are never completely mastered.) The conversational tone and examples from the author’s life make this easy to read and apply. I highly recommend it.
(Galley provided by Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.)
The book gives practical tips for growing in your faith. Far from being hard, the steps in the book are down to earth and simple to understand. They help form a foundation that will give you a firm base to grow in your spiritual walk. Each chapter is well written and provides examples from the Bible and personal experience.
I have spent many years trying to grow spiritually by just learning more and keeping a close eye on how I behaved. In fact, it seems like many books on spiritual growth point in this direction. How to Grow takes a different direction. Darryl Dash points out that learning more of God's word and working on our habits are only part of growing, not the sum total of it. This is one of the few books that I've read that doesn't say that spiritual growth is something you initiate in yourself. The book would be a good one for any Christian to read, no matter your age or how long you've been a Christian.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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This is the kind of book we all need … a grace based approach to discipleship. Please buy a copy and then a couple extra to give away, put in your church library, or to go through with a friend! :) I know I will be.
(Disclosure: I was provided with a free copy of this book from Moody Press in exchange for a fair review)