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Disciplines of a Godly Man

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  3,144 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Our churches and homes need men willing to follow the path of godliness no matter what the cost. This inspiring, popular book has been speaking to the hearts of men for the past 10 years, and its words are still relevant. Using engaging illustrations, scriptural wisdom, practical suggestions and study questions, Kent Hughes offers a frank biblical discussion on major areas ...more
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Published January 10th 2006 by Crossway Books (first published June 30th 1991)
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John Boyne
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
R. Kent Hughes' book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, should be required reading for men of all ages and one that is picked up again and reread every few years. Hughes does an excellent job of breaking down the various types of discipline that are severally lacking in masculinity today and provides simple steps to practice to improve yourself and make yourself a more Christ honoring man. Highly recommended! ...more
Apr 18, 2017 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.
Jan 03, 2012 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
Danny Deaubé
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian-books
This book by Kent Hughes, literally changed my life of prayer and and daily scripture reading. It has been over six months since I began reading this book in a men's bible study group. I have prayed and read daily since I began this study, and I have grown so much closer to God and the Lord Jesus Christ! I recommend this book on discipline to any man who wants to break out from the norm and truly worship God through a consistent prayer life and and a closer understanding of the word of God. ...more
Matthew Schrock
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very good reading, with a lot of "nuggets". ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Are you looking for a book on biblical manhood? By biblical manhood I want to emphasize “biblical,” and not something weird that’s all about beating one’s chest and following after some kind of cultural stereotype of what a man should be. If so this book is one you should consider picking up and reading; or purchasing for someone as a gift. This is a Christian classic that many in my church have read through and used extensively by previous pastors before me. My most recent reading of this book ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Christianity, godliness, is far more than a checklist. Being "in Christ" is a relationship, and like all relationships it deserves disciplined maintenance, but never legalistic reduction-ism.

According to Mr. Hughes discipline is everything. In order to lead your family, business, and personal life well, discipline is needed. Disciplined must be developed not as a check list of things to do or where pride leads to self-righteousness but as a way to know and follow the Lord well. Being a wife and
Hudson Christmas
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In today's culture, discipline is an art form that is rarely seen in the modern man. As Kent Hughes explains in the beginning of his book, Disciplines of a Godly Man, in today's culture there is an alarming lack of spiritual leadership in today's evangelical churches. In his book, Kent Hughes seeks to address this problem at its starting point, the area of spiritual discipline for the average Christian man. Through a series of short, yet accurate chapters on a variety of areas that pertain to Ch ...more
Ty Lukasiewicz
really great book!
Disciplines of a Godly man reaches out and grabs you by the shirt collar, looks directly in your eyes and tells you the Godly truth all men need to hear.

The book is separated int0 different sections, which include relationships, soul, character, ministry and discipline. Each section has multiple topics that relate to the section. All of which speak about disciplines a Godly man and what a Godly man should pursue. Each chapter starts with the hard, failed, truth of humanity an
Bo Cogbill
Good Premise, Awkward Execution

First off, I want to say I hate giving less than three stars. Often authors, especially the qualified ones like Dr. Hughes, dedicate their life to the topics on which they write, and writing anything well is hard, time consuming work, so I don't want a less than average rating to indicate a lack of appreciation for the man.

That being said, a few men in our congregation went through this book together, and I think that's probably the best approach for a few reasons
Chad Duke
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent !
Caleb Blevins
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-reads
Best book I have read on spiritual disciplines to date.
Anthony Stephens
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Being a man in today’s world is not the easiest of tasks. Being a solid Christian man in today’s world is just about impossible… at least in one’s own power. I had heard about this book from R. Kent Hughes for some time now. I was glad that I finally got the opportunity to take a look at it and see what Hughes had to say about being a godly man in today’s world.

Disciplines of a Godly Man was first published in 1991. In 2019, Hughes put out an updated version which is the one that I got my hands
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As you all know I like to read my husband´s books. My dh R has been part of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences, R. Kend Huges, the author of this book, is the founder! (in case you don´t know) the conferences are available throughout North America and worldwide. Other pastors, I respect recommend that training too. Since he told me it was good material, I didn´t hesitate to dive into this book. As you know WE READ A LOT, but I do n
Nov 06, 2011 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
Douglas Hayes
Generally a good book for men that need to be inspired to a more robust and consistent life of godliness. It is written for a generation of men that are largely nominal Christians, and need to be exhorted to "...train yourself for godliness" (1 Tim. 4:7).

What I especially appreciated is the broad range of topics, as opposed to so many such books that focus mere on the "Spiritual disciplines" of Bible reading & memorization, meditation, prayer, etc.
1. Discipline is Everything!
2. Discipline for
Jeff Short
May 06, 2012 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 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 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.
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
This is a book that men would do well to read early in life. I would encourage young men, even as young as high school, to read this book, preferably with their fathers, to discuss what it means to be a Christian man. The chapters are challenging, encouraging, and eminently practical.

Hughes is an engaging writer, humble, wise, and experienced. I highly recommend this.
Byron Morales JR
May 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, own
A must read for every Christian man. I hate making blanket statements like this one because we all have our own struggles. This however, speaks to the heart of what matters and how we should live as followers of Christ. I read it every January just to re-orient myself with these practices and discipline.
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: masculinity
Very good book! Helpful reminders and good encouragement and challenges.

Discipline of Purity: When lust takes control, Dietrich Bonhoeffer noted, God loses all reality. Satan does not fill us with hatred of God, but with forgetfulness of God. David in his adultery in the grip of lust, the less real God became to him, and he lost awareness of who he was, his calling, the consequences of sin.

Discipline of Marriage: Marital love is like death, it wants all of us. It claims everything. Mar
Mark Evans
Sep 24, 2016 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 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
Christian Barrett
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While many “disciplines” books focus on merely the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life, Hughes takes on another angle. While he does discuss the role of them, the majority of this book is focused on how Christians men should live as those seeking to be godly. Each chapter he goes through topics that are relevant to every man and how they should respond to being men of God. In the concluding chapter he calls out men for being passive or legalistic, both of which men can fall into either e ...more
Jake Gibbs
Nov 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Hughes' Disciplines of a Godly Man is a great survey of the various areas of life that we Christian men have to navigate. What it lacks in deep exposition it makes up for with a breadth of topics and reference materials. Some of the cultural references are outdated and even debunked, but that's to be expected for a thirty year old work. A couple of favorite chapters of mine were on the discipline of Prayer and of Witness. Short chapters, clear bullets, and an abundance of scriptural references m ...more
Josh Broccolo
May 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Challenging and encouraging. I was surprised by the amount of meat in the book (each chapter feels like Hughes could have written a separate book on the subject) and it's focus on actually doing what the book requires, instead of simply gaining knowledge. The last chapter is basically an action plan. While "man" is in the title, I think women will be challenged by this book as well, so long as they understand the writer's perspective.
Highly recommended for anyone looking to live out their Chris
Kavin Kramer
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
The book is well structured with wise advice and instruction throughout. There were times I felt maybe the presentation was legalistic but it was always rooted in wise council. However, the use of statistics was poorly constructed. Admittedly, this distracts me more than the normal person because I have a background in analytics, but I found the conclusions presented from the statistics to be entirely unfounded. Minus the statistics, I would recommend this book for discipleship and especially to ...more
Garrison Hardie
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was gifted to me by my counselor and friend, Dr. Mike Lawyer. The past few years, I have grown tremendously in my walk with Christ, more than I ever have in my entire life. Before this, I'd say I was a "lukewarm" Christian at best... but God has used the trials in my life to get my attention and shake me to my core. The way I was living, wasn't good enough... but where do I start? I'd say this book is an essential read for any young man wondering how he can grow closer to the creator o ...more
Jacob Stevens
Sep 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very good book for men looking to live out what it means to be a Godly man. It stresses that it takes work and lots of it. It's a discipline that isn't going to just happen. Hughes covers home life to church life to work life. My only dislike of the book was that some of the practical steps sounded more like rules to follow to be a "good" Christian. I don't think that this was his purpose at all, but some came off that way. This is good read for any man. ...more
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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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