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Disciplines of a Godly Man

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"Discipline is a subject about which the Scriptures say muchâ?"but contemporary authors have been peculiarly silent. Kent Hughes fills a gaping void with this superb volume.â?¦ If there is a spark
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 10th 2006 by Crossway (first published June 30th 1991)
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Jan 03, 2012 Daniel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Update: When I originally read this book, it was a book I thought would be beneficial to re-read every 2 years. Well, it's taken me over 4 to come back to it, but it once again was a great challenge, full of practical insight, and covering a broad range of life. About 2/3rd of the way through, it was hard to keep going - perhaps because it offers so much to work on that it feels a bit overwhelming. But, reading it regularly and taking a few things at a time to work on I think is very much merite ...more
Apr 18, 2017 Bill rated it liked it
Rigorous and relentless! A helpful challenge for me to live up the biblical commands for Christian men across the whole of life. A good mix of cultural commentary, biblical exposition and practical wisdom. At times I wished Mr R. Kent Hughes had mixed a little more gospel encouragement in amidst the brutal exhortations.
Jeff Short
May 06, 2012 Jeff Short rated it really liked it
Shelves: discipline
Challenging and convicting throughout. Kent Hughes has written an extremely practical book about living the Christian life as a man. I like the challenge he issues to men and the encouragement to holy sweat. We can sit around whining about our "issues" and our "struggles" or we can roll up our sleeves and get to work. Paul would have us to quit ourselves like men and be strong, to put away childish things, and to gird up our loins like men. In other words, get to work.

I realize a book like this
Jun 05, 2010 Greg rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All Christian men
Kent Hughes presents an excellent primer for men on living the Christian life. He extends his challenge to all of life, examining how grace-motivated discipline is vital to growth and godliness. Most chapters fall in the formula of "The Discipline of [X:]," and cover topics such as purity, discipline of mind, marriage, parenting, work, giving, witness, and ministry. Acting as a spiritual coach, Hughes lifts up the calls of Scripture, challenging men to be the leaders at home and in the church, a ...more
Aug 24, 2010 Mike rated it really liked it
Shelves: devotional
Every man ought to read a good devotional book from time to time. This book sees the passages about viewing the Christian life as a war, battle, race, athletic event and takes them seriously. He understands the need for men to wake up and realize that being godly is not something that happens to a man without hard, diligent, and focused work. This is one of those books I think men should read every couple of years, just to get their heads and hearts adjusted again.
Rick Owens
Dec 30, 2016 Rick Owens rated it really liked it
Simply excellent!
Mark Evans
Sep 24, 2016 Mark Evans rated it it was amazing
Kent Hughes is a pastor and a prolific writer. He has been writing books for decades, and he continues to contribute to a popular commentary series. In the introduction to the book Hughes identifies two reasons for the purpose of the book; he writes, “in todays world and church the, disciplined lives are the exception not the rule… men are so much less spiritually inclined and spiritually disciplined than women.” (P.15) Throughout the book it is clear that Hughes maintains his opinion regarding ...more
Shea Schrepf
Feb 10, 2017 Shea Schrepf rated it it was amazing
"Legalism says, 'I will do this thing to gain merit with God,' while discipline says, 'I will do this because I love God and want to please Him.' Legalism is man-centered; discipline is God-centered"

I feel like this sums up the goal and intent of this book. It isn't written from some list of do's and don'ts. It does provide practical advice as to how you can become more Godly and disciplined in the areas of: Purity, Marriage, Fatherhood, Friendship, Mind, Devotion, Prayer, Worship, Integrity, To
Bronco Mania
Dec 06, 2016 Bronco Mania rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2016
Great book. It really focused on practical application of getting closer to God rather than just theological or doctrinal knowledge. It was also pretty broad based, so it should work for any Christian denomination. This one will be a keeper to review in the future.
Tyler Hagen
Jun 14, 2017 Tyler Hagen rated it liked it
3.5 stars. A bit old-fashioned and a tad narrow-minded. But still goof solid advice.
Michael Kidd
Jan 03, 2017 Michael Kidd rated it liked it
This was my second te through Hughes' book on discipline. I've enjoyed it both times.
J.K. Turner
Sep 19, 2016 J.K. Turner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-challenge
My Rating - Must Read

Level - Fairly easy read, moderate length

As the title implies, this is a book about disciplines for men who are trying to live a 'Godly' life. After the introduction Hughes goes into the 17 disciplines he has identified as needed for men. He breaks these into four broad categories -

Relationships - which he identifies as the disciplines of purity, marriage, fatherhood, and friendship. He uses the story of David to illustrate the importance of purity. Originally written
Nov 06, 2011 Adam rated it liked it
I'm torn on a review. On one hand this book is a mile wide and an inch deep, covering several topics with nothing more than the authors opinion as opposed to having a semblance of biblical support. The author will touch on things that are very difficult or perhaps areas that I don't have much conviction but since he glosses over everything without much depth you don't really gain much from it because he writes the book as a giant to do list.

On the other hand there were a few scattered parts of
Ben Zornes
The exhortation to be disciplined can never be too frequently given to Christian men. Hughes book is a very simple, but quite helpful reminder of the basics of how a godly man should structure his life, thinking and relationships to pursue the ultimate aim of glorifying God in his life, marriage, family, work and ministry.

Hughes touches all the bases in a man's life, and reminds us to "sweat" in the exertion of living for God in the different arenas of our life. He tended to be a little heavy ha
Jan 14, 2017 Tom rated it liked it
Few books cover the many basic practices of a Christian man (or woman, really) as Hughes does in this book. It is a bit dated (talking about purity before the internet is almost quaint), but it is instructive to remember what life was like pre-smartphone, pre-internet, pre-LGBTQ revolution, pre-etc. etc. (I'd almost forgotten what the 80's and 90's were like!) Hughes' books represents some of the best of the 80's/90's evangelical, and is a great reminder of the need for personal commitment and h ...more
Aug 03, 2011 Bro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book for starting a life of Christian Disciplines. It is designed for men because he hits hard in the areas where men have problems. It is a great book to go through with a men's group. A good tool for discipleship. The one part I had issues with was his ideas of church. He almost went over the edge with the idea that if you don't go to church you will go to hell. I think he wanted to really emphasize the importance for going and being an active minister through your church, but ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Keith rated it really liked it
It took me a long time to finally get around to this book but once I did it was definitely worth the read. Pastor Kent Hughes begins with the hypothesis that becoming proficient any anything in life takes disciplined hard work and lots of sweat; to become a godly man requires just as much spiritual discipline and sweat. The next seventeen chapters detail the work required to develop the disciplines of relationships (purity, marriage, fatherhood and friendship), soul (mind, devotion, prayer, and ...more
Matt Miles
Some of the parts that encouraged me most-friendship, integrity,giving,witness and ministry- seem ahead of their time as the absence of these disciplines are being discussed as major gripes with Christians. Andrew (Peter's brother) may officially be one of my "new" heroes. I can't recommend this to someone who doesn't already know a lot about Christianity and Scripture, however, as the author seems to gloss over and simplify some teachings. For example, prophecy is equated with preaching and the ...more
Mike E.
May 07, 2010 Mike E. rated it liked it
Finished going through this book with a group of men in our church in July 2010. I used al older addition of the book that lacked a chapter on perseverance.

This book is basic Christianity applied--for men.

Study questions are included at the end of each chapter so there is no need to buy another book. The book is very accessible. The Lord used this book as a guide to challenge each of us. Hughes highlights the differences between legalism and discipline as he challenges men to work hard at seekin
Apr 03, 2013 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
IT was an OKAY book. It reminds men how to be disciplined in various parts of life such as, in a walk with the lord or in marriage, and so on and so forth. Each chapter was a new point to be disciplined in. Having understood the concept before hand I felt it was all a little redundant in it's construction. However for someone who is a new believer it has some very valid points not to be taken lightly. It is still a worth while read for anyone, but especially as a small group study for men, which ...more
Nate Conner
Oct 31, 2012 Nate Conner rated it it was amazing
Phenomenal book. He goes through about 17 various spiritual disciplines (i.e. prayer, marriage, mind, fatherhood, integrity, tongue, leadership, etc.) and dissects each and talks about what they mean and look like for a man from a biblical standpoint. His last chapter wraps it up very nicely, where he gives some good practical advice on improving in various disciplines and how to examine yourself and where you are at spiritually. The book is biblical, thorough, and practical. Really can't think ...more
Dennis Hall
May 18, 2013 Dennis Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best book for men about spiritual discipline I've ever saw. Most of the time, writer's do not get the fact that men, just by nature, dislike greatly, two things: to be told what to do and to be told they are wtong. Hughes never does this at all. He lays the scripture and the facts out there and good naturedly invites you to look at yourself and see how you measure up. This is a book much needed to help men grow spiritually without trying to turn them into nice ladies. Too many times ...more
Chris McGrath
What an incredibly wisdom-filled book! I have been in desperate need of discipline, particularly spiritual discipline, and the sixteen disciplines outlined here are all great reminders and challenges. Each chapter describes the discipline, why it's important, and lays out a handful of specific ways to implement that discipline. In each chapter, even the ones I thought I had a good handle on, there was something new for me to learn.

I will be recommending this book to every man I know who wants th
Oct 16, 2013 Markus rated it it was amazing
Just finished using this book as a daily devotion. I read it considerably slower and answered all the questions in my journal so over the course of 15 minutes a day, give or take, it was a long process.

But I think the book was a good mirror to look into the condition of my life. Suffice to say, I'm a bit of a mess. Discipline is not my forte.

It warrants a re-read, because I realize that mirror doesn't help without hairbrush and soap and water. That tools are in there too, but change takes time.
Dec 27, 2012 Ian rated it really liked it
I used this book with a men's small group and we found it a very good study, though the book's "Study Guide" doesn't lend itself to prolonged conversation as the questions and content are fairly obvious and leading. The content itself, though, is very solid scripturally speaking and applicable to life as an adult man in a society that has blurred the meaning of such a life. There are sections that are best suited for men with families but there is more than enough material for this to be a good ...more
C. J. Scott
Dec 09, 2016 C. J. Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is excellent. Hughes style is easy to read, understand and reflect on to apply, especially with the included study guide at the end of each chapter.Our men's ministry ordered 50 and they were all snapped up by our men. We have been going through a chapter together and then some of the questions when we meet as men and it has had a real impact on our thinking and conduct.Personally, this is my second time reading through the book. I highly recommend it to any man that wants to live as G ...more
May 14, 2010 Brian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-living
A must read for all men. There are only a few books I've ever re-read and this is one. So much valuable information for the Christian man, by a great leader in the church.

This book hits the areas of discipline in godliness, relationships, our daily work on the soul, our character, & our ministry.

There is a section that I really enjoyed as a bibliophile where Pastor Hughes asked several christian leaders what books influenced their lives.

Get it, read it, live it. Those who come in contact w
CJ Bowen
Aug 25, 2010 CJ Bowen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent challenge towards godliness. Hughes carefully avoids legalism, and exhorts men to disciplined lives in 17 key areas. Chapters on friendship, prayer, and ministry were particularly helpful. Hughes writes clearly and forthrightly, and provides an excellent spur. This will be helpful to breeze through regularly as a checklist, which is why his chapter on grace is a fitting and encouraging conclusion.
Richard Van den broek
Aug 09, 2013 Richard Van den broek rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It is a very challenging book exploring what it means to be a godly man. Read it a couple of times now, lots to learn from it, it works through 4 main topics relationships, soul, character and ministry, each section is 4 or 5 chapters working through relevant, challenging and helpful topics that men struggle with. It is a very biblical man to man book, exploring the key disciplines a man should be pursuing in their christian life.
I highly recommend putting time aside to read it!
Christopher Crentsil
Dec 26, 2013 Christopher Crentsil rated it it was amazing
I've read this book twice and heading towards my third time, this book I think is something that will really develop personal character if you listen to R. Kent Hughes points. I found allot to learn in my first reading, and more in the second. It is written as a gift to a young man, and being a young man myself, I found it incredibly useful and educational. I have recommended this book all over the place and will continue to. Highly recommend this book.
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R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and a visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He and his wife, Ba ...more
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