We don’t like the word “discipline.” Spiritual disciplines have a way of sounding time consuming, strict, and boring. David Mathis, in an attempt to simplify and help us find joy in Christ through spiritual discipline, has given us this short book. In it, he explains that daily “habits of grace” such as Bible reading are disciplines that will draw us closer to God.
Mathis says that all spiritual disciplines can be sorted into at least one of three categories: Hearing God’s voice (His Word), having His ear (prayer), and belonging to His body (fellowship). The book is divided into these three sections, and each chapter into specific disciplines. Just a few of the disciplines discussed are Bible study, meditation, prayer, fasting, journaling, and baptism.
Mathis admits that this book could have been much longer. His goal is not to give us detailed practices, but to give us an overview of the joy in Christ that can be gained from practicing each of the disciplines discussed. He does give a few examples of how to practice them, but it is by no means an exhaustive list.
It is, however, a great introduction (or refresher) on how spiritual discipline should work in our lives.
1) Is it understandable = 5
2) Presentation of Information = 5
3) Quality of Writing = 5
4) Overall Enjoyability = 5
Average score of 5 out of 5
I received a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes from Crossway.