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For those who like to read good books about discipleship and/or ministry and interact about them.

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The Lost Art of Discipleship 1 Reply

This title is too close to The Lost Art of Disciplemaking by Leroy Eims (Navpress) which is still in print.Continue

Started by Skip Holman. Last reply by vartan khatchadourain May 1.

The Lost Art of Discipleship

This title is too close to The Lost Art of Disciplemaking by Leroy Eims (Navpress) which is still in print.Continue

Started by Skip Holman May 1.

Discipleship: A Wonder-Filled Orientation to God's Word

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Started by Network Creator / Coordinator Aug 15, 2015.

How is your resolve? 1 Reply

At this time of year, many people are inclined to make new year's resolutions. Unfortunately, it has become somewhat proverbial that these resolutions are doomed to failure, abandoned and discarded…Continue

Started by Sean Ingram. Last reply by Brenda Turner Jan 4, 2012.

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Comment by Curt Smith on January 18, 2015 at 11:16pm

What's the next book? I'll order it from the library on audio CD. I'm a trucker & most of my reading is listening.

Comment by Carl Simmons on July 17, 2014 at 10:47am

Since it's by a Nav staff member (and edited by me), thought I'd pass (what space allows from) this review on, from my own blog....

The Lost Art of Discipleship

John L. Thompson. Changing the Landscape of Eternity: Transforming Believers into Disciples. 256p., $13.99, Deep River Books.

The opening section, “Laying a Firm Foundation” is just that, and deals more with the theological/”why” questions. If you don’t need as much convincing, you can likely jump to Part 2 (the other two-thirds of the book), “Building an Effective Discipleship Ministry”—but not before at least reading Chapter 5, “Jesus’ Requirements: Are You a True Disciple?” As well as being a gut-check before getting into the “work” section of the book, the chapter also recounts some of John’s own story—and in short, amply illustrates why learning to following Jesus is worth the cost.

Part 2, again, is the more nuts-and-bolts part of the book, as well as the warmer, more personal section in general. Because, after all, discipleship is about relationship. There’s also some good advice here for disciplers on how to approach the process....

From there, we’re walked through the basics of how to establish a discipleship ministry, as well as how to deal with issues such as obstacles to growth, as well as how to tailor discipleship ministries to small groups and children’s ministries and/or parenting.

Chapters 10 and 11 are the heart of the book, as they walk us through the goal (heart transformation) and through the discipleship process itself. Here, and really throughout the book, John reminds us, “The truth is that God transforms believers’ lives, not us; we are only tools he uses in the process… Discipleship is not rocket science, but it requires thought and prayer. Since we must combat our old nature, transformation takes time, effort, and of course, God’s transforming work…. Discipleship is a lifelong process.”

Changing the Landscape of Eternity is, simply, a solid book on discipleship from end to end. If you care at all about discipleship (and you’d better), but don’t know where to start… start here.

Comment by Jerry Linnins on April 23, 2014 at 10:20pm

I am about 100 pages into William Gurnall's THE CHRISTIAN IN COMPLETE ARMOUR. It is an amazing book full of wonderful insights and pithy sayings. Wearing my highlighter out! Those loved to talk and to write. But, I am enjoying every word. STRONGLY recommend.

Comment by Eleanor Shepherd on April 23, 2014 at 10:08pm
i am a reader and a writer. My faith has always been nurtured by my reading
Comment by Charles Kasumba on January 4, 2012 at 12:41pm

Getting to "know" the late John Stott. Finished "The Radical Disciple" and currently on "The Contemporary Christian". In between throw in the DVD "The Bible & the Christian Life"  Both books including the DVD highly recommended

Comment by Brenda Turner on January 4, 2012 at 12:16pm

Thank you Sean for the warm welcome!   I used to be quite an avid reader but going through some life transition - I just need to start it again.  And right now, I want to learn all I can about the Lord and being a Christian.

Comment by Sean Ingram on January 4, 2012 at 10:18am

Thanks for the suggestions, Don & Jerry. And welcome, Brenda, it is nice to have you aboard! Reading good books written by godly men and women is the best method I know for discipling yourself. I hope we can help you make it a significant part of your Christian walk...

Comment by Jerry Linnins on January 3, 2012 at 9:21pm

Finishing up Sam Storms' PLEASURES EVERYMORE. Great read in the Piper theology of "Christian Hedonism."

 

Comment by Don Loops on January 3, 2012 at 8:41pm

I've been enjoying, profiting from, been challenged by Brennan Manning's Ragamuffin Gospel, Glimpse of Jesus, Reflections for Ragamuffins. GREAT depth and insight. New favorite author.

Comment by Brenda Turner on January 3, 2012 at 7:04pm

Hi, I'm new here.  My reading has not been the greatest but I'm hoping by joining to receive good book suggestions and read!   I already see several good suggestions.

 

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