It’s not uncommon for an accomplished musician to be able to sit down in front of a new piece of music and play it though without a hitch. It seems easy, as if playing required no effort. Yet, the ‘freedom’ to play with such skill comes only after years of disciplined practice.
In the same way, 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.
Far from being legalistic, restrictive, or binding, as they are often perceived, the spiritual disciplines are actually the means to unparalleled spiritual liberty.
So if you’d like to embark on a lifelong quest for godliness, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will help you on your way. Drawn from the rich heritage left us by the Puritan writers and from the wealth of other evangelical spiritual giants—and Jesus Christ Himself-—Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines, including:
- Scripture Reading & Study
- Scripture Meditation
- Stewardship of Time and Money
- Scripture Application
- Silence & Solitude
By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them on a long-term basis, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to embrace life’s greatest pursuit—the pursuit of holiness—through a lifelong delight in the disciplines.(Taken from the back cover of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life)
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is “a rare jewel for its spiritual wisdom and practical insight; it simultaneously avoids the legalism and methods-orientation that blights so much material on these subjects. . . . I ordered it for the entirety of my Edwards Seminar as Christmas presents; I know of no better book to give to budding pastors.”
—Dr. John D. Hannah, Chair of the Department of Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary
“Only the daily progress of the saints in holiness will enable the church to minister effectively into the new century—and for that enterprise we can thank Donald Whitney.”
This is “a timely book to help you practice that which has proven productive in the lives of people throughout church history.”
Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life is “the richest, the most well-rounded, and the most usable piece yet. I highly recommend this for our own lives and for helping our people as well. Very, very choice.”