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The Spirit of Holiness: Reflections on Biblical Spirituality (Delaney)

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What does it mean to be “spiritual”? What priorities and practices inspire one to live the Christian life well? While there are a multitude of answers to these questions, very rarely are they both clear and profound. As a result, Christians can be left feeling lost and confused.

In The Spirit of Holiness, Terry Delaney and Roger Duke have collected a variety of reflections on spirituality that are shaped by the Bible, theology, and the voices and examples of those who have come before us.

With authors like Al Mohler, Michael Haykin, and Steve Lawson covering topics such as perseverance, depression, friendship, choice, and faith, The Spirit of Holiness encourages and directs Christians to a healthy biblical spirituality informed by their forebears of the faith.


Table of Contents: 

  1. “The Doctrine of the Trinity in Puritan Devotional Writings” by Joe Harrod

  2. “The Great Fuel of Faith: Meditation in the Piety of Thomas Manton” by Stephen Yuille

  3. “‘A Patient Wearing of Christ’s Cross’: Hercules Collins and a Baptist Theology of Persecution” by Steve Weaver

  4. “The Sixth Sense of Jonathan Edwards” by Tom J. Nettles

  5. “‘Free and Friendly Communication of Our Thoughts’: The Friendship of Andrew Fuller and Thomas Steevens” by Michael A. G. Haykin

  6. “‘An Old Enemy of Mine’: Charles Spurgeon’s Spirituality of the Word during His Depression” by Brian Albert

  7. “Rescued by Theology: Recovering a Genuinely Biblical Genuinely Protestant Spirituality” by R. Albert Mohler Jr.

  8. “The Spiritual Advantages of Faith in Divine Providence: Heidelberg Catechism, Question 28” by Joel R. Beeke

  9. “Freedom of Inclination and Its Implications for the Christian’s Growth in Sanctification” by Bruce A. Ware

  10. “Pressing On: Remaining Steadfast in the Pursuit of Christ” by Steven J. Lawson

  11. “The Integrity of the Local Church” by Jim Elliff



Terry Delaney (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is associate pastor of missions and pastoral care at First Baptist Church of Tallahassee, Florida and book review editor at

Roger D. Duke (DMin, The University of the South) is an ordained Baptist pastor. He taught religion at Baptist College of Health Sciences, Union University, and Memphis Theological Seminary. He has contributed to numerous books, including, John Broadus: A Living Legacy.



"Read this book and be encouraged, practice this book and be spiritually enriched."  - Jason K. Allen, President of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and Spurgeon College

"The quality and interest of the essays, and the learning they represent, combine to honor someone whose friendship, teaching ministry, and books, have helped shape the lives of so many Christians today. The Spirit of Holiness is simply a wonderful expression of God’s own promise: “Those who honor me I will honor.”" - Sinclair B Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary

"To read any of Don Whitney’s writings is to know the man as he truly is: extraordinarily disciplined, carefully precise, devoted to knowing Christ, and overflowing with joy in Christian fellowship. This collection of essays is a fitting tribute to a servant of Christ who has been such a rich blessing to Christians longing to grow in their devotion to God." - Matthew J. Hall, Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Each of these chapters, whether through history or theology, makes us yearn expectantly for the Holy Spirit to do His work in us." - Hershael W. York, Dean, School of Theology, Victor & Louise Lester Professor of Preaching, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary