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Release data : 05 February, 2006
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Spiritual Disciplines for a Joyous Life
Much of what J.P. and Klaus have written here derives from some of Dallas Willard's thought on the spiritual disciplines, but J.P. adds a personal touch that is new for him. J.P.'s openness and candor are refreshing. While this book may yet be challenging for some, if you have read J.P. in the past, I would say this is one of his easier reads. Nevertheless, it is well constructed and enlightening and every bit worth reading.
Moreland and Issler combine philosophy and theology to engage people in a meaningful discussion about happiness. In the book they make the case that modern folk have redefined what it means to be happy. Much of the book is geared toward helping Christians in the process of Spiritual formation, a process done when minds are changed. Moreland points out the difficulty in forming new beliefs (changing the mind) especially when folks try to do this in passive unintentional sort of way. He makes the case that while hearing the Word of God is important, that it's only in the doing that the formation of new beliefs actually stick and habits follow. A lot more could be said. I've heard the book compared to Willard's, Renovation of the Heart if that helps. Blessings
Challenging but certainly worth the read
It is uncommon these days to see Christians who actually know what they believe and why they believe it. Furthermore, because they do not have any idea about the truths (truth in the old sense not the postmodern sense) that they profess to believe there is often a wholesale disconnect between what they say they believe (Christianity) and how they live their lives. Not knowing the scriptures that help to inform them of God's will for their lives, many Christians profess yet live frighteningly shallow lives spiritually. This book is a cure for that. It forces the Christian reading it to come to grips with the idea that if we profess Jesus as savior, that our lives MUST reflect a creedal, scriptural and God fearing way of life that shows everyone around them that Jesus is number one in their life and that His glory is their aim.
I mentioned in the title that this book is challenging. That is hardly surprising in that it challenges the reader to throw off old habits and to resist the sin nature in us. It also calls us to better uses of our time for the glory of God. As we all grapple with our sin nature, which of us would not struggle with this? Yet despite the times I wanted to throw this book against the wall in frustration (because I often fall so short of what God calls us to) I have found it to be an excellent addition to my library.