Good fly-over of the disciplines. Food is indeed a gift from God. As a church historian who loves spiritual formation, I recommend this book to my students all the time. See my full disclosure policy. It is probably the most well-worn book on my bookshelf. The conditions may not change. I would recommend taking it slow and reading one discipline a week if it seems overwhelming.
I wouldn't go so far as to say that Whitney makes the disciplines an aspect of earning one's salvation, or earning God's attention or approval. No matter what that may mean in practical terms, the bottom line is that we can not afford to turn our brains off, if we are to be fully functioning Christians. I also love his continual emphasis that the disciplines are for godliness and Christlikeness. There also is a plethora of unhelpful examples. In addition to pursuing his doctorate at Fuller Theological Seminary, he sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Evangelicals. This book includes some of the above disciplines but often discusses them from a slightly different angle.
I get the idea that Whitney understands--grasps--the concept of grace. There also is a plethora of unhelpful examples. Worship is focusing on and responding to God. He emphasized the fact that we must be purposeful in our lives as Christians. I appreciate that Whitney took the time to remind and re-emphasize the gospel and its impact on our pursuit of the disciplines several times throughout the book.
Simplify your Spiritual Life also contains new material. I can see now that on the learning curve of spiritual life, I'm barely off the starting mark. It is not a book that you must read straight through. Or at least, if Whitney was to insist on a catch phrase he could have either chosen a better one or better explained the catch phrase he chose and how it frames the pursuit of God through the disciplines. She received her master's in church music from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.
Also includes ideas for weekly family activities. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? She is part of the Renovaré Partners in Renewal group and led a workshop at the 2005 Renovaré International Conference. John 4 emphasises that it must be done in spirit and in truth. At this point, one may question the coherence of a seemingly inexhaustible list of disciplines referenced in chapter one with the fact that the disciplines are the only way 17, 246. The game of choice is not so important, while intensity and focus are at least in terms of progress and improvement, that is.
First, this book will serve the church by serving pastors. Some also see the exercise as a sort of spiritual experience. Maybe have it at the beginning, and go back after the end of the book and read it again. But the emphasis is thoroughly on our actions, what we can do to attain to godliness. That time is a deliverance from hard work, not more hard work. But read cover-to-cover, even taking a week to do so, will more likely overwhelm you than encourage you.
Donald Whitney shows why the pursuit of godliness is an important part of the Christian life, and he easily explains the God given means to do this. They all help to build on each other, and if you are focusing on doing them all, you will start to form habits, which will help you stay disciplined. And it's the absorption of Scripture that leads to the experience with God and the transformation of life we long for when we come to the Bible. Two Keys to Success: Indirection and Habit Discipline works by indirection, Dallas Willard teaches. The more we love Him the more we seek to know Him. That we should attempt to follow some flow of the mentioned disciplines. The author provides a number of benefits to memorization such as providing guidance and power as well as benefits of meditation, which include insight and wisdom 41-55.
Worship reveals where our allegiances lie. I agree, but to Whitney's defense, he also asserts that it would be difficult to do everything listed out. Are you really being disciplined, are you gaining from that? Service is a regular practice. Whitney argues that each believer has one of seven spiritual gifts identified in Romans 12, and the purpose of these gifts is for service 123-125. I would recommend taking it slow and reading one discipline a week if it seems overwhelming. There is humility with the truly wise because they know there is so much they have yet to learn. In all honesty, the main reason I'm not entirely sure I agree is that I don't entirely remember what was said.