A (re)starting place
The dreadful word rears it’s head once again; Disciplines. That word connotates duty, diligence, but not so much delight. However, it is possible, that disciplines can be delightful.
Disciplines are often categorized in what we are not doing, but should be doing. But there is a fresh approach here and it is in the daily habits of a believer. Mathis implies that it is possible for a believer to find spiritual disciplines as daily habits of delight.
The overall point of spiritual disciplines is to be closer to God therefore seeing & hearing Him more clearly & obeying with greater passion & love. The strength of this book is that it’s aim is simple. If things are presented with complexity, they are often ignored immediately. But if a concept is simplified, there is a greater chance for it to be applied.
The author is very careful to not prescribe legalism here, but habits that are grace-centered & corporate in nature. Grace makes the habits appealing & inviting. Corporate makes the habits possible and accountable. You are not alone & the disciplines need not be exercised alone…this is what new believers need to hear & see!
If you’re at a stand-still in your walk with God or you simply don’t know where or how to begin; this is a great resource to get you started & get you tasting & seeing that the Lord is good.
Thank you to Crossway publishers for the opportunity to review this book. I was not required to write a positive review.