Book Review: The Practice of Godliness

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I picked up this book at my local thrift store for 50 cents : ) I love it when I find things like this! I thought this was a really great book on the fruit of the spirits. It was written after he wrote his more famous book The Pursuit of Holiness. He talks in this book about the importance of diligently pursuing the spiritual graces which are the fruit of the spirit plus a few others (humility, contentment, thankfulness, holiness, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – Galatians 5:22-23). He writes things very clear and organized and easy to follow and he uses a lot of scripture as the basis for his writing. I also liked how he personalized things and gave examples of how he has personally struggled with some of these graces and how God helped him overcome them. The key he refers a lot to with each of the graces is to renew your mind (Romans 12:2). To basically meditate and memorize Scripture regarding the spiritual graces so they can be so filled in your mind that when your flesh and sin in this world come along to attack it you know where God’s position is and you can ask Him to help you walk in that light. Here are some quotes from the book:

Godliness is no optional spiritual luxury for a few quaint Christians of a bygone era or for some group of super-saints of today. It is both the privilege and duty of every Christian to pursue godliness, to train himself to be godly, to study diligently the practice of godliness.  p.16

Only a strong personal relationship with the living God can keep such a commitment from becoming oppressive and legalistic. p.19

No one ever becomes godly without a commitment to pay the price of the daily spiritual training which God has designed for our growth in godliness. p.43-44

He teaches and trains us through his word. Therefore we must consistently expose ourselves to the teaching of the word of God if we are to grow in godliness. p. 45

If we are not growing in godly character, we are regressing; in the spiritual life we never stand still. p. 83

There can be no letup in our pursuit of godly character. Every day that we are not practicing godliness we are being conformed to the world of ungodliness around us. p. 85

However difficult and frustrating our circumstances might be, God’s divine assistance through the Holy Spirit is available to help us to respond in a godly manner and to be content. p. 121

So often when we sin we are more vexed at the lowering of our self-esteem than we are grieved at God’s dishonor. p.158

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