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Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life [Paperback]

By Rita J. Platt (Author) & Donald S. Whitney (Author)
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This guide draws from the rich heritage left us by the early church fathers, the Puritan writers, and Jesus Himself to lead group members or individuals through a carefully selected array of disciplines, including Scripture reading, meditation and application, prayer, worship, evangelism, stewardship, fasting, silence and solitude, and journaling.

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Drawn from a rich heritage, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will guide you through a carefully selected array of disciplines including:
- Scripture reading
- prayer
- worship
- Scripture meditation
- evangelism
- serving
- stewardship of time and money
- Scripture application
- fasting
- silence and solitude
- journaling
- learning
By illustrating why the disciplines are important, showing how each one will help you grow in godliness, and offering practical suggestions for cultivating them, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life will provide you with a refreshing opportunity to become more like and grow in character and maturity.

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Studio: NavPress
Pages   266
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.65 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 1998
Publisher   NAV PRESS #111
ISBN  1576830276  
ISBN13  9781576830277  

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More About Rita J. Platt & Donald S. Whitney

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! 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
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

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Renews my committment to Christ  Dec 5, 2008
I have had this book for 10 years. Each time I read this book, I am convicted to lead a more spiritually disciplined life. It helps me place my focus on Christ and not worldy things. I encourage every Christ follower to read it often.
Every new (and old) Christian should get a copy.  Nov 16, 2008
Spiritual Disciplines by Whitney is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It is easy to read, straight forward and to the point, and covers topics every Christian needs to know. This book has been the inspiration I needed to do what I should have been doing all along.

Whitney addresses reading your bible, meditating on scripture, prayer, worship, evangelism, serving, stewardship, fasting, solitude, journaling, learning and perserverance in the above disciplines. Whitey gets right down to business and matter-of-factly explains what each discipline entails, why it's important and how to get started or improve upon it. He backs his recommendations with appropriate scripture references and other solid sources, and he uses memorable stories that paint lasting visual images to drive home the main points. Some of them - like the shelf full of unread bibles - really 'get you where you live', yet he doesn't guilt you into obedience, but rather he inspires you into a great relationship with the Lord.

I made a profession of faith at the tender age of 10 and have been a Christian for years, but I never really developed the disciplines like I should have. How many years I wasted! Sometimes I find myself unsure of things and need someone to 'spell it out' for me. This book did just that. If you have been imitating other Christians and yet find yourself feeling like you are just going through the motions and wondering what it's really all about, this book makes everything clear. You'll kick yourself for not figuring it out because it's so simple, yet you'll be glad you finally understand what everyone else seems to naturally know.

Most people, upon making a profession of faith, receive a gift bible. If churches whould also hand them a copy of this book to go with it, we'd have a lot more Christians out there living like they ought to live.
I am pleased  Oct 28, 2008
Receiving this product was right on time. My opinion of the book was very informational for me.
Thought proviking and well worth reading/.studying  Aug 17, 2008
This opportunity to explore ways to deepen our spiritual journey is powerful. It is not what one always wants to hear; however, in the hearing, one suspects that the author is right on calling us to a deeper and more intentional journeying in the faith.
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time...  Jul 26, 2008
This book lists excuses and breaks down the how-to's of growing as a Christian. It will explain in very great detail with multiple examples to follow, of incorporating more of God in our busy lives. Reading just 1 page a day will encourage change and growth. A Christian, reading this book will be given the opportunity to be set a blaze by the Holy Spirit to make life altering changes that will bring them closer to God. This book has changed my life and those in my bible study, I pray that it will do the same for you. Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life: A Study Guide Based on the Book The study guide is an awesome way to get more out of the book and to get more life application material as well. A great buy for those reading the book again as the book itself is a lot to chew the first time around.

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