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  1. Doug
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book . . . assuming you read it and implement it into your life!
    August 25, 2014
    Doug
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    David "danced before the Lord with all his might."

    Isaiah, cried out Woe to me! I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips . . . and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.

    Moses and Miriam sang "I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted" after crossing the Red Sea.

    A sinful woman "stood behind Jesus at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them."

    These are only four responses of the various forms of worship found in the Bible. From raising hands to falling on our knees, there are dozens of postures, attitudes, and actions that can be used to praise God. Calhoun does a great job briefly outlining (2-3 pages) over 60 spiritual disciplines. Some of them are more familiar (intercessory prayer, fasting, journaling) while others are more uncommon (breathe prayer, Solitude, Labyrinth Prayer). Yet while they are quite different, they each can help Christians come to know and experience their Creator on a deeper level.

    It is true, in attempting to cover as many disciplines as possible Calhoun has described some unique ones for sure; but to suggest that this book is "promoting occultism" is absurd. Hindus have not "cornered the market" on meditation . . . the Psalmists speak often of meditating to God! Just because a person didn't grow up practicing some of these disciplines doesnt make the book Gnostic.

    I've read this book several times, taught from it, and consulted it as I have attempted to find different ways to honor and glorify God. Again, it's not deeply theological or overly profound, but it does a great job of introducing spiritual disciplines, explaining why they are important, and even offering suggestions on how to model them.

    I do have a word of caution: the purpose of spiritual disciplines is not because you are trying to "repay" God, or because you think He will then owe you (i.e. If I fast for 7 days then God will give me the job I want). They are an opportunity to come to know Him more fully, and to prepare you for His plan (not to convince Him to follow yours). Calhoun addresses this in her introduction.

    I recommend this book to anyone who will read it and implement it!
  2. Ally7P
    North Mankato, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent resource for spiritual disciplines
    December 21, 2010
    Ally7P
    North Mankato, MN
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    We used this book as part of a small group on developing spiritual practices. My husband who is a pastor just loves this handbook. I ordered two, one for myself and one for him as he has trouble getting back the copies that he loans out because it is such a useful guide. This handbook opened my eyes to the many different types of spiritual disciplines. There is a good spiritual assessment resource in the back and helps you to pinpoint some practices to try to get started. Don't be overwhelmed by the number of practices, they aren't for everyone, just try a few to start and see what works for you. This will be a resource I'll use the rest of my life and will share with my children.
  3. K.Antonell
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent
    December 6, 2010
    K.Antonell
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Super practical and super delicious. This book gently comes alongside us, like a friend and nudges us back into His arms (regardless of who you are and how you learn or connect). This book has something for everyone on pretty much every kind of day.
  4. janice Worth
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 6, 2007
    janice Worth
    This is one of the most powerful Christian resource books written in the past 50 years. The wisdom and insight contained in this book will transform your spiritual life like nothing else besides the Holy Spirit.
  5. Grandma Pat
    Decatur, Il
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 19, 2012
    Grandma Pat
    Decatur, Il
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was recommended to me by a friend...I would pass this recommendation on to others. What I have read so far of the devotions and practices is good. Obviously inspired by the Holy Spirit for today's disciples.
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