Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out by Philip Nation

★★★★ ☐ The publisher has provided a copy for review.
Articles and books on spiritual disciplines and discipleship are proliferating as they trend. I wasn't expecting much in addition to what I've already read. But I was pleasantly surprised - and this book was a valuable addition to my research for teaching Spiritual Formation.

Nation notes that most programs that engage the spiritual disciplines are centered around fulfilling human needs and the human search for God. In contrast, he asks, how would a God-centered approach look? Spiritual disciplines as "a practice of our relationship and theology?"

The desire of God is to love us. And our purest desire is to love him back. We worship as a central and joyful activity. Moving from there to getting to know God through scripture, prayer, and the traditional disciplines of fasting,

The author defines the disciplines and explains how God draws us to himself through them. He gives practical examples of how the disciplines can be integrated into church, home, and professional life. This is worth a place in your library.

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