The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment
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Discernment - we all need it, it is much sought-after, but not many seem to want to go through the steps to get it. Much of the time this is because discernment is misunderstood. In this his first book, Tim Challies grapples with this problem head-on, and simplifies the process for those looking for a clear definition of what biblical discernment truly is.
Beginning with the clear scriptural mandate to be discerning, Challies encourages Christians to focus on what discernment is, what it means to committed Christians, and the consequences of not acquiring a mature ability to discern between right and wrong. In a world where truth is downplayed and ambiguity is embraced, discernment is indispensable to an active and engaged Christian faith.
Challies pulls no punches in outlining this defining characteristic of all mature Christians, giving its biblical basis and reasons for developing it. But he goes further to warn against the abuse or misuse of discernment - speaking the truth without love, elevating disputable doctrine to the level of critical doctrine, assigning guilt (or honor) by association, etc. - as well as giving a practical way to implement discernment. Concise, comprehensive and challenging, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment will serve as a standard text on this subject for many Christians.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Crossway
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1581349092
ISBN-13: 9781581349092

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Publisher's Description

Scriptural principles are practically applied to help Christians not only develop and define day-to-day spiritual discernment but regard it as an essential practice.

Author Bio

Tim Challies (BA, McMaster University) is a self-employed web designer and a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs, He is also the editor of, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians. Tim lives in Oakville, Ontario, with his wife, Aileen, and their three children.

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s College and Seminary. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

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  1. Clarkston, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A needed book today for biblical Christian living
    November 26, 2010
    All by His Grace
    Clarkston, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    What a great and useful book on fulfilling the command of the Book of Proverbs to seek wisdom and discernment. Proverbs 2:1-9 is clear on what we are to seek for and the author of this book guides us in the step by step process in how to develop discernment and avoid pitfalls and dangers that comes with discernment. The final chapters the book he navigates the reader through a step-by-step process of working through an issue with discernment. Pick up and read and re-read and apply the principles of this book to your life and you will grow in discernment regarding doctrine and devotions.
  2. 2 Stars Out Of 5
    February 1, 2010
    I found, in this book, an over-shadowing of judgment against people who aren't this or that, or who operate this way and that. That was not helpful to me. I wasn't interesting in judging people by their action/inaction, I was interested in learning to listen to the Spirit as far as discerning between truth and disception,and what that looks like, and how to "study to show myself approved" in this area. Overall, a disappointment. I will not be passing this book on to anyone.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 24, 2009
    David R. Bess
    In this day-and-age of spiritual fads and Christian theology "lite," this title by Challies is a great help to believers. He looks at several aspects of Christian, Biblical discernment, and how critical it is for the church. He begins by giving a call to discernment, explaining that it is not just about defining God's will but defending God's truth. He also makes a clear distinction between judging and discerning. Discerning focuses upon testing such things as teaching, prophecy, spirits, leaders, other believers, the times in which we live, and ourselves.This book is a very good investment, and is recommended highly. Not only is the content of the book helpful, but the resource listing at the back offers other good titles along the same lines. Challies also mentions his website,, which provides even more of the rare, spiritual insight found in this title.Not only will you enjoy reading this book, but it will make you long for more Christian, Biblical discernment.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 3, 2009
    Rev. Doyle Peyton
    The church has lost its ability to discern. This book is a good entry level book on this important subject. A much needed book.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 22, 2009
    Joanie Jenkins
    Tim gives an amazing Biblical look at discernment and is very readable. I loved it and agree with another reviewer that EVERY Christian should read this book!
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