Very few authors have had such a powerful influence on my thinking about a topic as Dr. Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life. Few topics are as full of challenges on every side. We can often overemphasize grace to the neglect that we die to self. Often times the spiritual disciplines are taught as a list of do this and do that but that misses the point. Thankfully, Dr. Whitney avoids all these pitfalls while emphasizing the sovereign work of God’s grace in the life of the Christian. The spiritual disciplines as you’ll learn in Dr. Whitney’s book aren’t drudgery but designed to draw us closer to Christ.
Some people object entirely to the spiritual disciplines. Following the Reformers and Puritans, Dr. Whitney classic book Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life is the best book in this genre. The book emphasizes the old paths as the best paths for growth in the grace of God. This book is saturated in the Word, practical and full of help for your spiritual growth. I remember the first time I read this book in high school over a decade ago and how much I learned and benefited it. Reading it again after many years I was just as helped and instructed as when I read it for the first time..
The book covers reading, and meditating on the Word of God in chapters two and three. In chapter four through twelve, Dr. Whitney looks at prayer (chapter 4), worship (chapter 5), evangelism (chapter 6), serving (chapter 7), stewardship (chapter 8), fasting (chapter 9), silence and solitude (chapter 10), journaling (chapter 11), and learning (chapter 12). The final chapter concludes with a call to press in and persevere in using the spiritual disciplines.
Whether you’re a new or mature Christian, Spiritual Disciplines For the Christian Life is a must read book. This book will help you understand not only what the spiritual disciplines are but how to engage in them. I highly recommend this classic book on the spiritual disciplines and pray it will bless you as it has blessed me.
Author: Donald Whitney
Publisher: NavPress (2014)
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Dave Jenkins is happily married to his wife, Sarah. He is a writer, editor, and speaker living in beautiful Southern Oregon. Dave is a lover of Christ, His people, the Church, and sound theology. He serves as the Executive Director of Servants of Grace Ministries, the Executive Editor of Theology for Life Magazine, the Host and Producer of Equipping You in Grace Podcast, and is a contributor to and producer of Contending for the Word. He is the author of The Word Explored: The Problem of Biblical Illiteracy and What To Do About It (House to House, 2021), The Word Matters: Defending Biblical Authority Against the Spirit of the Age (G3 Press, 2022), and Contentment: The Journey of a Lifetime (Theology for Life, 2024). You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, or read his newsletter. Dave loves to spend time with his wife, going to movies, eating at a nice restaurant, or going out for a round of golf with a good friend. He is also a voracious reader, in particular of Reformed theology, and the Puritans. You will often find him when he’s not busy with ministry reading a pile of the latest books from a wide variety of Christian publishers. Dave received his M.A.R. and M.Div through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary.