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The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (Challies)

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Spiritual discernment is good for more than just making monumental decisions according to God's will. It is an essential, day-to-day activity that allows thoughtful Christians to separate the truth of God from error and to distinguish right from wrong in all kinds of settings and situations. It is also a skill-something that any person can develop and improve, especially with the guidance in this book.

Written by a leading evangelical blogger, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is an uplifting, scripturally grounded work that explains the need for discernment, its challenges, and the steps that will cultivate it. Author Tim Challies does not do the discerning for readers; he simply shows them how to practically apply scriptural tools, principles, and wisdom so that their conclusions about everything-people, teachings, decisions, media, and organizations-will be consistent with God's Word.

Table of Contents:

  1. A Call to Discernment
  2. The Challenge of Discernment
  3. Defining Discernment
  4. The Heart of Discernment
  5. Truth and Discernment
  6. The Will and Discernment
  7. The Gift of Discernment
  8. The Dangers of Discernment
  9. Developing Discernment
  10. The Practice of Discernment



Tim Challies, a self-employed web designer, is a pioneer in the Christian blogosphere, having one of the most widely read and recognized Christian blogs. He is also editor of Discerning Reader, a site dedicated to offering thoughtful reviews of books that are of interest to Christians.



"Tim Challies is one of the finest young evangelical thinkers of our day. He combines keen insight with theological maturity and spiritual depth. The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment should help form the Christian character of a new generation of evangelicals. Indeed, we must hope so." -R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Unfortunately, in our time, even among Christians, discernment is long in demand and short in supply. This is but one reason I'm so delighted to commend to you The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment. Tim Challies reminds us that the Bible commands us to cultivate discernment, but he doesn't stop there. He tells us how, biblically." -Ligon Duncan, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi

"This book is simple, clear, well-written, accurate, and even insightful. I read it all. I liked it all. I will recommend it often. " - Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC