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Recommended Reading: Spiritual Disciplines


GenerationLINK resident, Ceci Pierce, shares her experience studying Donald Whitney's book, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life.

Two years ago, Ethan and I led our first Summer LINK team through several chapters of Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and it was such a great resource to not only learn about why we practice spiritual disciplines, but practical ways to practice spiritual disciplines. We’re thankful for the wisdom of Donald Whitney and so many others, that through their deep study of the Word we can glean wisdom and understanding from faithful men and women who have walked the Christian life before us!

Whitney begins his book with the quote, “discipline without direction is drudgery,” and that is the truth. If we don’t know why we’re doing something or what the outcome of our efforts will be, it’s hard to be passionate or motivated about it. We practice spiritual disciplines out of our desire to be more like Christ. In 1 Timothy 4:7, we find our motivation for discipline. This verse is the theme of the entire book, which states, “Discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness.” As believers we have the desire and the command to be “godly,” or “holy,” or to “be like Christ”. With this in mind, disciplines can become a delight, and not drudgery.

The remainder of the book goes through ten spiritual disciplines, beginning with the most important: Bible intake and meditation. If we desire to know God and be like him, our intake of Scripture is crucial. Through studying, hearing, and meditating the Word, we can be transformed by its truths to be more like Christ. Therefore, Scripture intake is the foundation of the other disciplines. The remainder of Whitney’s book runs through disciplines like prayer, evangelism, fasting, worship, and so many others. Each chapter is chalked full of biblical wisdom and practical application helpful for the believer to grow in their love for Christ.

We highly recommend this book and similarly to it are the books Praying the Bible by Donald Whitney and Habits of Grace by David Mathis.