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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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A needed book today for biblical Christian living

Date:November 26, 2010
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All by His Grace
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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.
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Date:February 1, 2010
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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.
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Date:May 24, 2009
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, www.discerningreader.com, 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.
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Date:May 3, 2009
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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.
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Date:April 22, 2009
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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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Date:July 25, 2008
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Kitty-Foth Regner
Tim Challies amazingly thorough exploration of biblical discernment should be high on the reading list of every Christian who is concerned about what is true, and what is not who wants above all to know Gods truth in order to know His will and who wants His will to replace his own. We will find joy and peace not in following our own path, the author points out, but in allowing our minds to be so changed that our desires are the same as Gods. I believe this book can make a significant contribution to that process. I triple-starred many sections, but perhaps my favorite is the chapter entitled The Practice of Discernment. Here, Tim describes in compelling detail 17 steps for distinguishing between truth and error. He walks us through the process using an interesting example the seemingly benign premise that we need to forgive ourselves, endorsed in a contemporary Christian song called (surprise) Forgive Yourself as well as by every fan and proponent of the self-esteem movement. Ive already had the opportunity to apply his suggestions to a theological issue Ive been wrestling with for months. Guess what: They work! They actually broke the pattern of circular thinking Id fallen into over this particular issue, leading me to biblical truths that have restored my peace. The first line of a favorite hymn kept dancing through my head as I read: Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart. Id always thought the writer meant that he wanted the Lord to be all that he sees, and that may indeed be the case. But this book has given me a new spin on these words. As Tim writes, Our goal in discernment is to do just this: to see things through Gods eyes through the Bible and thus to see things as they really are. Im already finding that a little easier to do. Kitty Foth-RegnerAuthor of Heaven Without Her,co-author of Hip Ideas for Hyper Dogs
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