Disciplines of Grace: From Spiritual Routine to Spiritual Renewal

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We all know those times when our spiritual lives seem to go flat. The Bible seems dull. Prayer is a struggle. Worship doesn't satisfy. Our devotions are skimpy or skipped. How can we move out of the spiritual doldrums and be moved instead by the powerful breeze of the Spirit? How can our love for God be rekindled and our love for others be reinvigorated? In this book T.M. Moore looks at the spiritual practices that have shaped Christians for centuries - studying the Bible, worshiping with others, keeping the sabbath, giving to others, being alone with God and more. He shows how we can revitalize all these routines so they can once again become the channels of grace God intended them to be. Here is a book that is at once wise and practical, a book that is honed by years of trial and error, a book that opens our eyes to God's glory, to his power and to his love flowing in our lives.

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T.M. Moore is former president of Chesapeake Theological Seminary in Baltimore and former professor of biblical languages. He is currently a full-time writer working with Prison Fellowship, Reformed Theological Seminary and Scripture Union. InterVarsity Press has also published his book Ecclesiastes: Ancient Wisdom When All Else Fails, a new translation and interpretive paraphrase of the Old Testament book.

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Essentially a very long list of disciplines that Christians should practice (e.g. prayer, Bible study, fasting and solitude), Moore's book is frustratingly tedious, saying little that his target audience does not already know. Moore's repetitious rallying cry is that when spiritual practices become routine, they simply support the status quo; when they rise to the level of discipline, however, they yield spiritual growth. Perhaps aware that his long list of shoulds sounds a bit too much like a works-based theology, Moore occasionally emphasizes that God alone gives spiritual growth. Despite this caveat, his dominant message is that Christians should devote most of their waking hours to one discipline or another (in fact, he suggests that Christians should sleep less in order to have more waking hours for these pursuits), and that failing to do so precludes the possibility of real spiritual progress. Moore ventures tentatively into slightly novel territory by suggesting chanting as a spiritual practice and by quoting Christians from various eras and branches of the church, such as the ancient Celtic church, that most evangelicals tend to elide. End-of-chapter questions make this book well-suited for individual devotions or group study, but only the most earnest believers will make their way through this exhaustive and exhausting to-do list. Pass over this in favor of Richard Foster's classic Celebration of Discipline, as fresh and important now as it was in 1978.

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