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 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. Based on the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Christ Himself, Whitney takes you through a carefully selected array of disciplines that includes Scripture reading, prayer, worship, Scripture meditation, evangelism, serving, stewardship, Scripture application, fasting, silence and solitude, journaling, and learning.
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.
Audiofile Magazine says:
Grover Gardner narrates with full attention to the details of the 12 spiritual disciplines identified by the author, including scripture reading, prayer, worship, fasting, and journaling. The purpose of carrying out these disciplines is to become more Christ-like in thought, word, and deed. Whitney’s discussion draws from the early Church fathers, as well as Reformer, Puritan, and Quaker writers... Read more
william lau says:
one of the most helpful things for spiritual growth towards my soul. I was listening to it while I was cleaning the house and doing other things. I thought the audio version was great, especially for someone like me who always drives and doesn't have as much down time to read a book. book was great and so was Grover Gardner. I am sadden that I didn't get to download this more times when it was... Read more
Alex Huggett says:
I have to confess, this book has taken me 15 years to read! I was given it in the early 1990's and have had a couple of goes, but put it down. More recently I got the audiobook and have listened to that instead. I actually almost put it aside again, but am glad I persevered. The main problem I have is Whitney's very dense writing style. What he says is very good, the way he says it can make it ... Read more