Disciplines of a Godly Man
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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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There are some books on what it means to be a Christian man that feel more like they are fueled by popular movies and books (such books shall remain unnamed. :-) Hughes' call to men is something entirely different. He takes both the essential aspects of what it means to follow God (prayer, Scripture, etc.) and also takes the practical calls of our lives (fatherhood, relationships, thinking) and in both bases the call to discipline (or "holy sweat" - it's not discipline if you're not sweating as...more
Jul 08, 2010 Greg rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
Jeff Short
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...more
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
A classic for the Christian man who desires godliness. We just finished going through this with our Men's Discipleship group and I highly recommend going through it with a few other guys. It is a bit dated and the illustrations reflect the 1980's when the author was probably teaching through the material. But the Scriptural truth is timeless.
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.
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...more
"the word discipline in “discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness” (1 Timothy 4:7, NASB) is a word with the smell of the gym in it — the sweat of a good workout."

I need to read more books with the smell of a gym in it.
This book is an excellent guide to obeying a Christian's biblical instructions to strive for holiness. My only complaint is that the title is too restrictive since the book is applicable to men and women alike.
Nate Conner
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
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
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
Donald McKinnon
very good book looking at what God requires from men in their lives. Very challenging and a quick read for its size.
Gunner 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...more
Donald Smith
Super practical read on living a life unto the Lord. Lots of great topics and ideas.
Gene Cornett
This is the book that provoked me to start reading Tolstoy and Dostoevsky.
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...more
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....more
Iain Baker
Very helpful to renewing my focus as a Christian.
Christopher Crentsil
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.
Well worth reading and reading again!
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
First few chapters were good but most of it felt like filler to me. Some old school stuff like dressing up for church is a discipline of a godly man? Seriously?
Curtis Burnley
This book is so inspiring and helpful. Hughes does a wonderful job listing the disciplines that a Godly man needs to follow, as well as detailing what needs to be done in order to follow them. For some, I found them hard to digest and follow, but I feel that in order to be a Godly man, all these things must be done. It is a little lengthy, but if you commit to it, you could finish it in 2-4 days. All-in-all, a very enjoyable read and one I recommend to any man, from 16 to 60 (and over).
Awesome book for any guy who wants to train and be disciplined by His ways.

Notable Quote: 1 Corinthians 9:25-27-
25 Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. 26 Therefore I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; 27 but I [a]discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.
Richard Van den broek
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!
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.
I love the stories and analogies in this book. It's also really practical; I found myself making a list of things to implement in my own life. This would be a great book to study in a small group setting (one or two chapters a week). Guys, let's not fall into the lazy faith that we see in so many American males today. Our lives should be a shining example of what a disciplined relationship with Jesus Christ looks like.
CJ Bowen
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.
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