Book Review: Habits for Our Holiness by Philip Nation
Philip Nation communicates his message in a clear, concise way that is easy to understand. Although his writing is simple, his message is profound. Mr.Nation defines a spiritual discipline as “a mental and physical act and a habit that expresses our love for God and fosters a greater display of His glory in our lives and a deeper understanding of His character and agenda.” The author successfully shows how love is the common factor in all spiritual growth because “love is the central discipline of the Christian life.”
Each chapter in the book is focused on a different discipline ranging from the commonly heard practices of worship, Bible study, and prayer to practices not normally identified as disciplines such as fellowship, rest, and simple living. I especially enjoyed Mr.Nation’s insight into how practices like the last three mentioned can be applied in daily living as spiritual disciplines. The author breathes new significance into the more well-known disciplines by explaining their importance and showing how each discipline applies to God’s mission at large.
Habits for Our Holiness is a book that will provide a deeper understanding of the spiritual disciples to all people––whether they have much or little knowledge on the spiritual disciplines. For those seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ, breathe new significance to the spiritual disciplines, and learn how to practically live out the spiritual disciplines in everyday life and God’s kingdom at large, this book is a necessary addition to your non-fiction, “practical life” library. I highly recommend it and give it 5 stars. (Don’t worry––those fictional worlds will still be waiting for you when you’re done!)
** Thanks to Moody Publishers and PR by the Book for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, which I have given **