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Book Review: Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

By Donald S. Whitney (reviewed by Peter DeHaan)

As stated in the book’s title, “Spiritual Disciples for the Christian Life,” this work discusses spiritual disciplines for those who follow Jesus.

Spiritual disciplines are willing and intentional actions that promote spiritual growth, making us more like Jesus.

They should not be thought of actions that earn us anything, get God’s attention, or are an attempt to manipulate God into doing what we want, but rather as training that draws us closer to God and prepares us to better serve him.

Donald Whitney discusses ten such spiritual disciplines in this book: Bible “intake” (that is, reading, studying, memorizing, and meditating on the Bible), prayer, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning. 

Each is expertly covered in detail and through practical example.

This book is a great primer for anyone who is serious about more fully following Jesus and being his disciple.

[Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, by Donald S. Whitney. Published by NavPress, 1997; ISBN: 978-1576830277; 272 pages.]

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