Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life Paperback – Jun 15 1991
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About the Author
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.
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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!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
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 morePublished on Nov. 4 2002
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 morePublished on March 26 2002 by Brian Douglas
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 19 2001 by Wade
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 morePublished on May 15 2000
This very practical and readable book should be required reading for all Christians desiring to grow in their faith. Read morePublished on March 29 2000
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 morePublished on Sept. 9 1999
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