A few months ago I picked up a copy of Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun and I’ve loved flicking through it. Following a quick introduction to the concept of disciplines and how they can be structured. She suggests using the structure of worship:
Open myself to God
Relinquish the false self and idols of my heart
Share my life with others
Hear the word of God
Incarnate Christ’s love for the world
Pray to God
Under these headings we find 4-14 different disciplines and an outline of exercises that you can do. Each exercise has a table which includes …
- Practice includes
- God-given fruit
This is then followed by a more detailed introduction to the discipline, some reflection questions, spiritual exercises and some further resources to read/use.
It’s not a book to read cover-to-cover, but it is a book to dip into and be encouraged and challenged by. I will certainly be re-using this book again both in our youth ministry and in my personal walk with God.