|Author:||Donald S. Whitney|
Freedom. The Reward of Discipline.
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 through without a hitch. To make it seem easy, as if it 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 disciples.
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 early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through carefully selected array of disciplines, including:
- Scripture Reading
- Scripture Meditation
- 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.
Donald S. Whitney is the associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the best-selling author of Simplify Your Spiritual Life, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, and How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? (NavPress). Don holds a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is completing a doctor of theology degree with specialization in Christian spirituality from the University of South Africa. He is founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don lives in Kansas City, with his wife and daughter. Don's website is www.BiblicalSpirituality.org.