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Overview Are you spiritually healthy, or just spiritually busy? If you're like many Christians who desire a deeper walk with Christ, you're probably pursuing activities geared to help you grow. But, like many believers, you may wonder if you're really making progress. You're spiritually active, but are you spiritually healthy? Would Jesus look at your endeavors (prayer, church attendance, evangelism, Bible study, etc.) and pronounce you spiritually fit? Or does He have an altogether different set of criteria by which He measures your spiritual well being? Best-selling author Don Whitney (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life) is no stranger to activities and disciplines designed to move believers toward a deeper relationship with Jesus. But the ten probing questions Whitney poses in this book will help you look beyond your spiritual activity to assess the true state of your spiritual health. His questions cut to the heart of the matter: Is your character becoming more like Christ? Are you spiritually healthy, or just spiritually busy? Don Whitney will help you ask yourself the right questions for evaluating your growth in the areas that really matter.
Publishers Description Are you spiritually healthy or just spiritually busy? These 10 probing questions will help you look beyond your spiritual activity to assess the true state of your spiritual health. This book by Donald S. Whitney provides thought-provoking insights that will help you on your spiritual transformation journey. See how the spiritual disciplines--including prayer, worship, and meditation--can take your spiritual health from fair to excellent.
From Publishers Weekly Christians today are busier than ever before, doing the "spiritual" work they
feel called to out of devotion for God. But are these earnest followers of
Christ actually living their faith in a manner that is pleasing to Christ?
Whitney (Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life; How Can I Be Sure I'm a
Christian?) effectively challenges this "busy hands, empty heart" epidemic.
Whitney poses intensely introspective questions to aid Christians as they
gauge their own level of spiritual health. Do they have a driving thirst for
God, as well as behavior dictated by God's holy standards? How loving to
others and sensitive to the Holy Spirit are they? Do they experience genuine
grief over personal sin and a willingness to forgive repeat offenders? Whitney
also discusses the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, meditating upon
Scripture, taking communion and fellowship with others of like faith, showing
readers how to transform these often automatic enterprises into faith-building
activities. He advises Christians to spend more energy enjoying God and
developing a Christlike nature, rather than accomplishing ever-accelerating
goals. He notes that seekers must be acutely aware that following Christ is a
lifetime commitment and that they should resist the temptation to seek
"spiritual" shortcuts to intimacy with God. This timely text is full of gentle
admonitions to unearth deeply entrenched habits and dig for the treasure found
only in a carefully honed relationship with God. (May) Copyright 2001
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Citations And Professional Reviews Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald Whitney has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Christian Retailing - 05/07/2001 page 17
Publishers Weekly - 05/14/2001 page 75
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.4" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Jun 24, 2001
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576830969 ISBN13 9781576830963
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More About Donald Whitney
DONALD S. WHITNEY is the associate professor of spiritual formation at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri. He is the best-selling author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, and How Can I Be Sure I'm a Christian? (all NavPress). Don holds a doctor of ministry degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and is completing a doctor of theology degree with specialization in Christian spirituality from the University of South Africa. He is founder and president of the Center for Biblical Spirituality. Don lives in Kansas City, Missouri, with his wife and daughter. Don's website is www.BiblicalSpirituality.org. EXTENDED BIO Don Whitney has been Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation (the first such position in the six Southern Baptist seminaries) at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri since 1995. Don grew up in Osceola, Arkansas, where he came to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He was active in sports throughout high school and college, and worked in the radio station his dad managed. After graduating from Arkansas State University, Don planned to finish law school and pursue a career in sportscasting. While at the University of Arkansas School of Law, he sensed God's call to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He then enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, graduating with a Master of Divinity degree in 1979. In 1987 he completed a Doctor of Ministry degree at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. Don is currently completing a Doctor of Theology degree in Christian Spirituality at the University of South Africa. Before coming to Midwestern, Don was pastor of Glenfield Baptist Church in Glen Ellyn, Illinois (a Chicago suburb) for almost fifteen years. He is the author of Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life (NavPress, 1991), which has a companion discussion guide. He has also written How Can I Be Sure I'm A Christian (NavPress, 1994), Spiritual Disciplines Within the Church (Moody Press, 1996), Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health (NavPress, 2001), and Simplify Your Spiritual Life (NavPress, 2003). Don's wife, Caffy, ministers from their home in Kansas City as a women's Bible study teacher, an artist, and a freelance illustrator. The Whitneys are parents of a daughter, Laurelen Christiana. Don's website address is www.SpiritualDisciplines.org.
Reviews - What do customers think about Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health?
A few useful bits, but... Nov 1, 2008
the one thing I need to say about this book is what Whitney has to say about forgiveness... No author gets everything right but this is downright heretical. Whitney says that you don't forgive until asked for forgiveness, and goes so far as to say that Jesus wasn't forgiving his executioners while on the cross. This is the kind of scripture warping that is perpetuated by an angry and bitter person to justify their sin. I would not recommend this book under any circumstance.
A Timely Spiritual Checkup Oct 21, 2008
The title alone is enough to pique the curiosity for those of us who enjoy quick self-examination (think magazine quizzes), but "Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health" goes far beyond a superficial checkup. Whitney offers background information for each of the 10 areas, then provides practical guidance for improving one's "health" in each area. This is no legalistic set of rules to follow; rather, the book provides insight into how to live out the call of Christ in one's own spiritual development and in the larger community. I daresay any Christian seeking to deepen his/her walk with the Lord will find at least one area that speaks to him/her. And non-Christians might want to read this book to see what Christianity is supposed to look like!
Best I read in 25 years Mar 2, 2008
This is the best book I have read in 25 years. It is theologically sound and very practical. It is rich with depth, yet simple to comprehend. I strongly encourage every serious Christian to read and apply every chapter.
A Diagnostic Assessment of Your Spiritual Life Jul 8, 2007
"Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health" resonates with a desire to help the reader grow in their thirst to know God more intimately. Donald S. Whitney approaches a diagnosis of the spiritual life in much the same way a physician uses tests and asks questions to determine physical health. Whitney asks thought provoking, probing questions that pierce the heart and conscious of the reader.
Whitney begins by explaining three kinds of spiritual thirst and the importance of each. He discusses ways of discerning God's presence, and why we need to develop a deepening desire for God's Word. He goes on to examine what it means to cultivate Christian love and to respond to the needs of others with concern, especially those within the church fellowship.
Important lessons on exercising spiritual disciplines, grieving over sin, forgiving others, and a longing for holiness and heaven are other marks of health of the spiritual life.
Donald Whitney provides the reader with a growth pattern for Christian growth and a better understanding of how to access your own spiritual health.
This Bible based book is an excellent resource tool for use in small group studies. It is a book you will want to have readily available to read and reread on a regular basis.
Fantastic-- A straightforward, easy read Mar 8, 2007
I give this book out like it's candy. It is very straightforward, biblical and full of Scripture, and practical. I have never had anyone I've given it to say anything other than they liked it a lot and it was very helpful. Plus, contrary to many other books on spiritual discipline, it is a pretty easy and quick read. That's nice for normal, overwhelmed people, so that they don't get discouraged at having to read a huge volume.
Whitney is a scholar and has a passion for the practical, everyday life as it pertains to living out one's faith. I'd highly recommend this book.