Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Paperback – June 1, 1997
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From the Back Cover
About the Author
Don Whitney has been Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri since 1995.
Don grew up in Osceola, Arkansas, where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was active in sports throughout high school and college, and worked in the radio station his dad managed. After graduating from Arkansas State University, 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, Texas, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. In 1987 he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Don is currently completing a Doctor of Theology degree in Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa.
Before coming to Midwestern, Don was pastor of Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) for almost fifteen years.
He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 1991), which has a companion discussion guide. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian (NavPress, 1994), Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church (Moody Press, 1996), Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health (NavPress, 2001), and Simplify Your Spiritual Life (NavPress, 2003).
Don's wife, Caffy, ministers from their home in Kansas City as a women's Bible study teacher, an artist, and a freelance illustrator. The Whitneys are parents of a daughter, Laurelen Christiana.
Don's website address is www.SpiritualDisciplines.org.
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Whitney addresses reading your bible, meditating on scripture, prayer, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, solitude, journaling, learning and perserverance in the above disciplines. Whitey gets right down to business and matter-of-factly explains what each discipline entails, why it's important and how to get started or improve upon it. He backs his recommendations with appropriate scripture references and other solid sources, and he uses memorable stories that paint lasting visual images to drive home the main points. Some of them - like the shelf full of unread bibles - really 'get you where you live', yet he doesn't guilt you into obedience, but rather he inspires you into a great relationship with the Lord.
I made a profession of faith at the tender age of 10 and have been a Christian for years, but I never really developed the disciplines like I should have. How many years I wasted! Sometimes I find myself unsure of things and need someone to 'spell it out' for me. This book did just that. If you have been imitating other Christians and yet find yourself feeling like you are just going through the motions and wondering what it's really all about, this book makes everything clear. You'll kick yourself for not figuring it out because it's so simple, yet you'll be glad you finally understand what everyone else seems to naturally know.
Most people, upon making a profession of faith, receive a gift bible. If churches whould also hand them a copy of this book to go with it, we'd have a lot more Christians out there living like they ought to live.
The Kindle version of this book is great. It doesn't stand head and shoulders above any other e-book I've bought, but it does exactly what it should: the table of contents is a great navigation tool, the formatting is spot on, and, of course, the convenience if being able to read on any device is excellent.
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life systematically looks at practices which can aid a believer in his or her walk with the Lord. Searching the scriptures, the author pulls principles and prescribed actions which the Lord has given to His people. Basic disiplines such as Bible intake and prayer are examined as well as larger topics such as worship, evangelism, service, and stewardship. Finally, the author touches on lesser known disciplines including fasting, journaling, and learning. Although covering a large amount of ground, the author manages to adequately cover each topic in a practical and thoroughly Biblical manner.
Over the years a number of books have been written on the topic of spiritual disciplines, but this particular work stands out. It is rooted deeply in scripture and reveals God's blueprint for the growth of His people. If you have been looking for a work to answer your questions on spiritual growth and provide you with a practical plan for daily living as a child of God, then this book is worth the investment. You will not be disappointed.
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The book itself is certaintly for a more mature audience, people who have time to not only read it, but mull over every paragraph in detail. Certaintly not for the teenage Christian. I am sixteen and struggling to read the entire book, but I will persevere out of sheer determination.