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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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Don Whitney uses this same metaphor to show the importance of being disciplined in the pursuit of godliness, for there is freedom in discipline. The freedom to grow in godliness - "to naturally express Christ's character through your own personality - is in large part dependent on a deliberate cultivation of the spiritual disciplines." (From the back cover)
And so this book is an examination of spiritual disciplines - disciplines provided by God which are designed to help us grow in godliness, allowing us to become more and more conformed to the image of Christ.Read more ›
It is extremely readable, practical and applicable. An individual can read it alone and benefit wonderfully from it, or can also use the book in a discussion book and find it equally rewarding.
The Disciplines are ancient as avenues to express one's Christian life, but for modern audiences Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline was the hearkening call back to their practice. Dallas Willard's book followed several years later called The Spirit of the Disciplines, a "why" and rationale for the Disciplines. Whitney's book is the practical way to incorporate the Disciplines into one's everyday life, to escape the discuss and do nothing mode of many so called believers, and actually change one's life.
I heartily recommend the book. I have used it in training student leaders on the college campus and find its advice timeless yet contemporary.
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Discipline without direction is drudgery. pg 15
Godly people are disciplined people. It has always been so.... Augustine, Martin Luther, John Calvin...Charles Spurgeon, George Muller...As "Iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. Proverbs 27:17" pg 17
We have not advanced very far in our spiritual livs if we have not encountered the basic paradox of freedom...that we are most free when we are bound...The one who would be an athlete, ut who is unwilling to discipline his body by regular exercise and abstinence, is not free to excel on the field or the track. His failure to train rigorously denies him the freedom to run with the desired speed and endurance...Disicpline is the price of freedom. - Elton Trueblood pg 23
I attended Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary where Dr. Whitney serves as Professor of Spiritual Formation. He is what he makes himself out to be in his book. He is a humble man, desiring that God be honored and glorified and that men and women grown in Christ-likeness. He is truly one of the most Godly men I have ever met and I am honored and priviliged to have sat under his teaching. God blessed me through him and his teaching tremendously.
Why do I say this? This book is the foundation of everything he teaches, for his desire is indeed Godliness for himself and those he teaches, either in person or in absentia through the books he writes.
If you indeed have desire to grow in Jesus Christ, no matter how long you have been a Christian, my strong recommendation is to buy this book and read it carefully. You indeed will be blessed!!
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Great book for growing in godliness and Christlikeness - get the updated version though! Great additional content!Published 7 months ago by DeejTeeg
Great Christian insights from the Word of God, really helpful for spiritual growth!!Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A staple of basic discipleship. I have worked through the content of this book multiple times with multiple people and keep coming back to it. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Douthit