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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life [Hardcover]

Donald S. Whitney
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December 1991
Drawn from a rich heritage,Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines including:• Scripture reading• prayer• worship• Scripture meditation• evangelism• serving• stewardship of time and money• Scripture application• fasting• silence and solitude• journaling• learning By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like and grow in character and maturity.
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DONALD S. WHITNEY has been Assistant Professor of Spiritual Formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri since 1995. Previously, Don pastored Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois for almost fifteen years. He is also the author of How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? (NavPress), and Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church (Moody Press). Don completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Don lives with his wife, Caffy and daughter, Laurelen Christiana, in Kansas City. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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2.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side Of A Christian Classic Feb. 19 2001
By Wade
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Forgive me for rating a respected book so poorly. If your quest is to discover why certain disciplines are needed, then ignore what I have to say. This book delivers. If, on the otherhand, you are going to buy this book with the expectation that it will move beyond expressing the need, you will be disapointed. If you are looking for help in developing these disciplines in your life, you will not find it here. This book is not about "how", only "why". Which question are you asking?
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I cannot help but give this book 5 stars. I have read it once and am currently reading it again. As I page through it and gaze over the applicable lessons, the pointed truths, the relevance to life, the personal illustrations and more, I am driven with desire to conform my life to Jesus all the more! Dr. Whitney is completely without apology in presenting several disciplines that all Christians should follow, backing up each with several Scriptures to demonstrate the authority of what it is he is writing.
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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Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is absolutely one of the very best books that I have read in my own personal spiritual journey of 36 years. I would probably rate it in the top three that I have read during this time and I am a very avid reader.
This book is about change. We can live our day to day lives and never experience any growth, but this book will definitely include change and growth in a believer's life.
I am going to recommend it to my pastor, minister of education and music minister and any other believer I come in contact with that is serious about growing in their Christian life.
The only reason I came across this book was I was cleaning and found it and it looked interesting. I think I got it when my aunt passed away. But, it was definitely a "I can't put this book down," type of book in my life.
I would really like to see my entire church go through the study guide. I believe it would make so much difference in all of our lives.
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This book is a definate MUST read for the Christian Person. The information is supported by a wealth of Scripture, and little (if any at all) of Whitney's opinions.
Regardless of where a person is at in their journey toward sanctification, this book will convict. This book forces one to ask questions that are not "comfortable". Questions that one might even lie to themselves about.
When we strip away the veil that we all tend to hide behind from time to time, when we look in the mirror honestly, we see that Jesus Christ is not manifest in our lives the way that He must be.
Donald S. Whitney has broken down the spiritual disciplines into clear, concise and easy to understand chapters. This book has served to wet my appatite for glorifying my God and my Savior Jesus Christ.
Contrary to a review above, this book is much more than a "Why" Book. That would be incomplete!! Whitney gives SIMPLE methods and grand analogies that make the disciplines easy to apply (the HOW)! Get this book and read through it often!
Steven
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Modern, American, Protestant Christians have tended to, for most of my lifetime at least, gaze upon the idea of "spiritual disciplines" with suspicion, many times believing them to be monastic or mystic or Eastern in nature. But Dr. Whitney's book effectively provides great insight into the Biblical foundations of the disciplines. In fact, the disciplines espoused herein are Biblically based and taught, modeled, and reinforced through the teachings in Scripture. Each chapter deals with a different discipline, the first two chapters being the exception. The disciplines are expounded upon by the author with one oft repeated purpose, "for the purpose of Godliness." Whitney's theology is conservative, but no hint of denominational dogma or creedalism comes out in the book, it is simply a Biblically based work.
The book also offers ample examples from outside the Bible as well. Examples of how others effectively incoporated the disciplines into their lives. I highly recommend it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proven and Practical Nov. 30 1999
Format:Paperback
Donald Whitney is now a professor at a large midwestern seminary but was a local pastor when he wrote this excellent book. I mention that to say this was written out of practical experience and not as some thesis or doctoral work with no bearing on reality.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I could buy a copy for every Christian I know.
In the past I have not been too thrilled to read or hear about spiritual disciplines. It made me feel guilty for falling so far short - I always felt overwhelmed. Read more
Published on Nov. 4 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple, practical, and encouraging
This book is a simple and practical help toward Christian growth. Each chapter is full of the "how-to" aspect of living a life of spiritual discipline. Read more
Published on March 26 2002 by Brian Douglas
5.0 out of 5 stars The 2nd Part of the Great Commission
It says in the Bible that we should "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matt 28:19). As a nation I believe that we are doing a pretty good job as making Christians... Read more
Published on May 15 2000 by "annie42"
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for all Christians
This very practical and readable book should be required reading for all Christians desiring to grow in their faith. Read more
Published on March 29 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars a good overview of the Christian walk
I was required to read this book for a seminary class. Many people found the book to be amazing, and felt that it really strengthened them. Read more
Published on Sept. 9 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical steps to grow in Godliness
This book is a very practical guide to growth in the Christian life. The author, a pastor, seasons his remarks with many personal examples. Read more
Published on Oct. 31 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has been a great influence in changing my life!
This book has been the book with the most impact on me outside of the Word of God. It has practical steps and illustrations on how to acheive a close and intimate walk with God. Read more
Published on July 17 1998
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