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Must Read!
This book is a phenomenal call to true discipleship. Very convicting and motivating at the same time.
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Review by / (Posted on 11/18/2013)
Encouraging
I gave this to a young man on an ereader for his 16th birthday...In his words, this book was 'Awesome Reading.'
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Review by / (Posted on 10/24/2012)
Great resource....
The Disciplines of the Christian Life

I was pretty excited when I found out I would have a chance to review a book written by Eric Liddell!
I had listened to “A Boy’s War” by David Michell and was interested to hear more about this fine man.

For those who don’t know Eric Liddell was the well-known Olympic athlete of the 20th century who wouldn’t run on Sunday (Chariots of Fire for you movie people – I haven’t watched any but remember playing the music for my piano lessons growing up. LOL!) who became a missionary to China.

Although I have some doctrinal differences with Mr. Liddell I still feel his writing would be most beneficial for any Christian to read.

Another review has mentioned infant baptism – but we have to remember that the church in his day often did baptism for the whole family and infant baptism was sort of like what most people call baby dedication today. It was understood that it was not an issue of salvation, unlike what maybe practiced by other beliefs – in other words they did not believe if the baby was not baptized and it died it would go to hell. They simply did it as a testimony of which direction their family was taking – as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.

Coming from and Armenian perspective I would say that Mr. Liddell is probably what we would call somewhat Keswickian (spelling?) in his views on sanctification.

I like how Mr. Liddell gives us a model of how to disciple new believers. He encourages Bible reading, prayer, and basic doctrine as well as continual study of God’s word and gives a working plan to follow. All believers would benefit from this plan and those seeking to disciple others would benefit from this book.

Many people skip the prefaces to books – don’t skip this one! It is very interesting to know how this book was “discovered” and preserved as well as telling you some choice tidbits about Eric Liddell’s life.

A few choice gems to wet your appetite:

Temptation:
The power in some is the defeated attitude in which we face them…remember God expects us to overcome.
Keep God first. Trust Him absolutely.
Fear makes you fail. When you feel that way…ask why?
God asks faithfulness. Consequences can be left to Him.
Be not afraid only believe.
Stop/surrender to God – He will help you overcome.

Obedience to God’s will is the secret to spiritual knowledge and insight. It is not willingness to know but willingness to do -- to obey that brings enlightenment, certainty concerning God’s truth….if I know something is true am I prepared to follow it even though it is contrary to what I want? …following truth leads to God because truth is of God….Obedience is the secret of being conscious that God guides you personally…Every Christian should lead a God-guided life….the Christian who hasn’t a sense of guidance in his life is missing something vital.

A prayer for victorious attitude at for all times

Father, I pray that no circumstances however bitter or however long-drawn out may cause me to break thy law -- the law of love to thee and to my neighbor. That I may not become resentful, have hurt feelings, hate, or become embittered by life’s experiences but that in and through all I may see Thy guiding hand and have a heart full of gratitude for Thy daily mercy, daily love, daily power, and daily presence,
Help me in the day when I need it most, to remember that all things work together for good to them that love God.

Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this audio book as a part of the Christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work. For more information about this and other Christian audio books visit christianaudio.com.
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Review by / (Posted on 9/5/2012)
a resource that i will return to time and time again
I started listening to this book yesterday at work. When I got home, and got comfortable, I found myself wishing that I had the recording at home. I missed hearing the story of his life (I hadn't gotten any further than the first chapter.)

This book starts off full of intrigue and history and then launches into a treasure chest of, well, advice on how to live a Christian life.

After listening to the entire audiobook I now have to have the hard copy of the book.

This is truly a keeper. A resource to go back to time and time again.
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Review by / (Posted on 8/22/2012)
The basics of Christianity delivered with passion.
As I was reading Eric Liddell’s book, The Disciplines of the Christian Life, I kept having the same recurring thought: this is what we need! I didn’t realize it, but I was longing for a short, yet comprehensive “basics for discipleship” manual.

I’ve grown increasingly frustrated with growing numbers of people trusting Jesus for salvation and then being given a jumbled, mis-fire of information about what the Christian life looks like, if given any information at all. Little did I know that this book I was seeking was written over 60 years ago by the gold-medal-winning Olympian and was only published recently. It makes sense that this missing piece of a book would be written by a missionary. I can imagine Liddell ministering in China, leading people to Christ, and then sitting down with them to go through this book. The reason it will work on a practical level is because it has already been field-tested!

I don’t mean to marginalize this book in the least by calling it a “manual.” It is so beautifully written, and all through it is the passion of man who literally gave his life for his faith and those to which God had called him. Many books focused on Christian disciplines seem to flirt with legalism. Not so here. Liddell’s passion for Jesus and a Spirit-led life is far too contagious.

The majority of the book is a twelve-month “devotional” guide that takes the reader through a variety of subjects that Liddell considered to be “the basics.” Admittedly, it is a little weird to listen to an audio recording of a devotional guide. I would love to get my hands on a copy of the print version to really take in the layout. Unfortunately, Amazon and Christianbook.com seem to be having trouble keeping any in stock.

The subjects Liddell has chosen range from the arrangement of the Bible, to the life of Christ, to communion, to the profile of a healthy Christian marriage. He never dwells too long on a subject, but briskly moves through them as if on a 400-meter sprint. These are the distilled basics, and we can go deeper later, he seems to say. This interesting pacing along with the book’s interesting publication history make for a book that is both timely and timeless: rooted in the timeless truths of Scripture and historical Christianity, but seemly written for the fast-paced world of the 21st Century. This book is literally a modern classic.

As you listen, I pray Liddell’s passion for Jesus inspires you as it did me. One last thing, this book is narrated in an arresting Scottish accent, so you can imagine it is being read by Liddell himself. What a great touch!

Please Note: This audiobook was gifted as a part of the christianaudio Reviewers Program in exchange for my unbiased review of this work. This has in no way influenced my opinion or review of this work.
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Review by / (Posted on 7/11/2012)
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