Growing up in church, I have always heard of the spiritual disciplines. Of course, ever since I could talk I knew at least 3 of them well enough to spout it as the answer to most questions in Sunday School. If I had to guess, so could many others: Go to church (the Practice of Fellowship), read your Bible (the Practice of Bible Study), and Pray (the Practice of Prayer). Just because I knew these answers growing up didn’t mean that I took it to heart continually. In fact, I knew them in my heart and even desired to do these things, but I wasn’t always certain how to go about practicing these.
To practice as a verb means to carry out something habitually or regularly. In other words, it becomes a habit. Can I honestly say those three things were habits? No. I wanted them to be, but I needed to be discipled and shown how to do them. Churches do a good job talking about how we should do these things, but they don’t give great examples. This book provided so many challenges and examples to me that I wish I had read so much earlier in my Christian walk. Even having grown in my faith now, I still learned things about each of the disciplines and was deeply challenged by them. I appreciated the practical examples and the sore toes I received because he was not afraid to step on the toes of his readers. I was thankful he did not “tickle the ears” and make us feel good about ourselves. Thank you, Philip Nation, for letting Scripture speak for itself.
Habits for Our Holiness: How the Spiritual Disciplines Grow Us Up, Draw Us Together, and Send Us Out focuses on making the spiritual disciplines a reality in our lives. They will always be a challenge for us to learn, but how sweet a walk it will be as we draw nearer and nearer to Christ. The book focuses on:
Chapter 1-Coming to Love Christ
Chapter 2-The Practice of Worship
Chapter 3- The Practice of Bible Study
Chapter 4-The Practice of Prayer
Chapter 5-The Practice of Fasting
Chapter 6-The Practice of Fellowship
Chapter 7-The Practice of Rest
Chapter 8-The Practice of Simple Living
Chapter 9-The Practice of Servanthood
Chapter 10-The Practice of Submission
Chapter 11-The Practice of Spiritual Leadership
Chapter 12-The Practice of Disciple-Making
I don’t think that I could pick out a favorite chapter because they were each challenging and helpful in their own unique ways. I was challenged in the prayer section about letting silence remain in my prayers as my submission before God. It’s so hard for me to be silent, which is why I think rest and simple living are the disciplines that stood out as the ones I struggle with the most.
I fully intend to refer to this book often. I would love to read back through it and break it apart as an individual study. There is so much packed into this little book that it will definitely be one read over and over again and handed out as gifts.
I received this book free from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.