Tuesday, January 4, 2011

The Books #28: Ten Questions To Diagnose Your Spiritual Health by Donald Whitney

As I write about the books that have made an impact upon my life, I had to include the Ten Questions book by Donald Whitney. I did so because I remember back to the first time I read this book. The questions that he asks so convicted my heart. No pun intended, but these questions did really help me diagnose my spiritual health. This is one of those books in which God dealt with me on a very personal level. It was not about learning to do the ministry better, it was learning that I needed to continue to grow in my walk with Jesus. This book deals with the person, not what that person does for God. It brings to light real heart issues.

Whitney says his purpose in the introduction, "Where eternal life through Christ does exist, there should be not only health but also growth. That is what this book is about--evaluating your spiritual health and growth. Throughout, remember that just as Jesus is the source of spiritual life, so also is He the standard of spiritual health" (14). As a Christian, I should be growing. And these questions are simple ones that help lead me to ask that one main question we often want to avoid: "am I growing in Christ?"

If you are looking for a book this year to help you grow in your faith, or at least to convict you, this just might be the book. Let me end with the list of questions so that you can even now start evaluating yourself.
  1. Do you thirst for God?
  2. Are you governed increasingly by God's Word?
  3. Are you more loving?
  4. Are you more sensitive to God's presence?
  5. Do you have the growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
  6. Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
  7. Are the spiritual disciplines increasingly important to you?
  8. Do you still grieve over sin?
  9. Are you a quicker forgiver?
  10. Do you yearn for heaven and to be with Jesus?
Well, do you?

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