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Overview Barbara Hughes has written this book to help women scrutinize their lives. Through poignant stories and faithful reminders, she encourages women to discipline every area so that God is most glorified and they are most unified with Him.
For many of us, the word alone evokes dread. It's not that we don't want to be disciplined physically, mentally, and spiritually. The challenge seems too hard, and the motivation more about duty than desire. When it comes to our Christian walk, we don't want to be legalistic and just follow some set of rules. That's not what it's all about, right?
Barbara Hughes answers with this encouraging reality: The true heart of spiritual discipline is a relationship with God. As you grow in that relationship, embracing your heavenly Father and his ways, you discover that discipline is your lifeline to him. It is how he gives meaningful shape to all the days of your life.
The "dread" of a disciplined life will be replaced with desire and anticipation as you find that there is no greater purpose than loving Him in every moment, every activity, and every thought. Using poignant stories and faithful reminders, Barbara opens her own heart to help you find the joy of full surrender. Her honest and encouraging look at the Word of God reveals the keys to living a truly godly life. And to strengthen your walk day to day, she offers hymns and praise psalms for your devotional times, a long list of recommended books that will lift your spirits, and Bible study helps to remind you that you're not alone.
Community Description Barbara Hughes carefully guides her readers through the Scriptures, asks them questions for self-evaluation, and provides helpful suggestions for direct application of the spiritual disciplines of the mind, prayer, worship, contentment, and more. Also included in this helpful book are hymns and praise psalms for devotional times, Bible study aides, and a list of books recommended for further reading.
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Studio: Crossway Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.06" Width: 6.1" Height: 0.69" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Jan 10, 2006
Publisher Crossway Books/Good News
Edition Student/Stdy Gde
ISBN 1581347596 ISBN13 9781581347593
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More About Barbara Hughes
Barbara Hughes has supported her husband Kent's pastoral ministry for over 40 years while also raising four children. She is the author of Disciplines of a Godly Woman and is a popular teacher of women's groups. Together with Kent, she has also authored Disciplines of a Godly Family (formerly known as Common-Sense Parenting) and Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. Barbara and Kent live on the West Coast, have an ever-increasing number of grandchildren, and are still actively involved in ministry.
Reviews - What do customers think about Disciplines Of A Godly Woman?
Challenging and Life Changing Feb 10, 2008
This is a very meaty book that will challenge you to submit every area of your life to God in a very encouraging way. I've read through this book twice in six months, once for my ladies Bible study and again because I felt I rushed through it the first time.
At first the scope of this subject seemed a little daunting. This is not a book on a single topic. It is a book about the entire Christian woman's walk with God. Pretty much every area of life is addressed. But don't be overwhelmed. The book is organized by area of discipline, so I recommend reading one chapter, then taking the time to pray and think about the ideas in the chapter before moving straight on to the next chapter. Also, in the last chapter of the book Mrs. Hughes gives advice about how to prioritize the areas on which you feel God is calling you to focus.
After reading this book I feel like I had a month of intense one on ones with an older, godly, been-there-done-that church member or neighbor. One who calls you out on some of the things, but in a loving way. Some of the chapters will reinforce your beliefs or take you to that next level if you are already fairly disciplined. Other chapters just step all over your toes (for me it was the propriety chapter, especially regarding temper issues).
Mrs. Hughes' writing style is conversational and she shares stories to help make her points. But it isn't just a bunch of her ideas with a scripture tacked on to prove the point. The ideas are Biblical and then she shares her experiences (and others) with that particular Scriptural truth. You'll have to have your Bible handy to read this book as you'll be looking up verses. At the end of each chapter there is a question and answer section that is really helpful.
Some of the ladies in my group disagreed with Mrs. Hughes positions in one or two of the chapters. But this book, as a whole, is so excellent that I would urge any woman of any denomination to commit to prayerfully and carefully reading it. It has made a huge impact on my life in a short amount of time.
I also want to say that my husband's mens' group is reading the men's book (Disciplines of a Godly Man). They're still reading it as they meet less frequently than the ladies. This is his very first Bible study (yay!), and I've not grilled him about it so I can't tell you much about the companion book. But I can tell you that I have noticed an incredible amount of spiritual growth since he started reading it and meeting with the other men to discuss discipline and pray together. So even though I haven't read it, I have to recommend it if you're looking for a book for your husband.
Ideally you could be reading these at the same time.
Anyway, this is a must-read, especially for the younger Christian who wants to become more mature and deliberate in her walk.
Changed Me... Jul 3, 2007
This book has had the greatest impact on my life than any other current book. I love the way she writes and her book is saturated with scripture. She writes her book as conclusions she drawn from scripture instead of using scripture to prove her own agenda. I highly recommend this book for Christian women!
Sound and practical! Apr 25, 2006
In Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Barbara Hughes guides women into a lifestyle that is pleasing to the Lord, calling them to a spiritual workout that tones up the flabby spiritual muscles of behavior and attitudes.
Hughes breaks down the disciplines into five major categories: soul, character, relationships, ministry, and grace. As an example, to build up the soul to be godly, we must hold to the gospel, pray, worship, and submit to God. Each of those makes up a chapter, which the author provides ample Scripture and illuminating stories to bring understanding to the reader. What is wonderful is the way she provides context to the discipline, showing where the Bible talks about it, what the reason is for it, and how to go about working on it through the power of the Holy Spirit. She closes each chapter with a section titled "Renew Your Mind," which challenges the reader to examine herself and determine actions to be taken.
Written in a very personal tone, Hughes is able to encourage her audience toward godliness, with theologically sound concepts and practical suggestions for growth. This is a book that every woman from teenagers to seniors ought to read, either in personal study or with a small accountability group. Highly recommended. - Anne Walker, Christian Book Previews.com
A staple among Christian living books May 17, 2004
I bought Disciplines of a Godly Man, and gave Disciplines of a Godly Woman to my girlfriend. She's been continually raving about various chapters in it over the past month, and in an email to me she says:
"I was reading a GREAT chapter in the book you gave me... I looove it! I think it will become a very important resource manual for me to always keep around. It's got such great meditation in it! But it was about discipline of the mind. It gave me so much to challenge myself with... "
Thanks, Kent and Barbara! Five Stars!
Practical Book to Help Women Grow in Godliness Mar 8, 2003
Discipline. The word causes many of us to recoil, because it seems so difficult and challenging. But this book did encourage and inspire me. The apostle Paul encourages us to "discipline yourselves for the purpose of godliness" (1 Tim. 7:4-8). I'm learning through the book that the disciplines of a godly woman is about submitting every single area of her life to God. It's about bringing our will in submission to God's will and surrendering every single area of our life to His lordship. This book shows us how to train our spiritual muscles through the spiritual disciplines of submission, prayer, worship, mind, contentment, propriety, perseverance, church, singleness (for those who're single), marriage (to the married), nurturing, good deeds, witness, and giving.
One of my favorite chapters is on the discipline of the mind. It exhorts us to "be transformed by the renewing of our mind" (Rom. 12:1-2). Barbara Hughes emphasizes the importance of programming our mind by the regular reading of God's word so that as we begin to think God's thoughts after Him, they become the dominant influence in our mind and heart.
The author provides practical steps and suggestions how we can put the disciplines into action, and real-life stories of disciplined godly women in action. I found those real-life examples inspiring. I also appreciate the author's understanding of the Scripture and am grateful for her God-given gift of exhortation. She seems to really understand the common "struggles" or obstacles which we may go through in our practice of godliness and offers some helpful suggestions to overcome them.
I love the "Resources" section at the end of the book. It's designed to be helpful in exercising the disciplines, which includes: A daily Bible-reading plan, a list of praise Psalms for our devotional time, a recommended reading list of book titles (from different genres like Christian classics, devotional, theology, biographies, fiction, etc.). There's also a page titled "Opportunities For Good Deeds," which lists suggestions, ministries, and ideas for women to get involved and invest in others' lives.
This is a book not only on the "what" and "why" of spiritual disciplines, but also the "how".
[A complementary book for men, Disciplines of a Godly Man, is written by Kent Hughes.]