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Tim Challies: The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

The author does well in recognizing the importance of a balanced approach in presenting diverse theological views, considering the various concerns of diverse traditions and theological viewpoints of discernment. Tim Challies’ presentation has the most power, relevancy and value to the reader in his emphasis on the need for Christians to pursue the maturation of both character and commitment in seeking and employing the gift of discernment. His teaching also argues strongly for the necessity of accountability, to both God and to the community of faith in the use of discernment.

The book has value as a spiritual formation resource evidenced by the author’s emphasis on admonishing readers to understand the qualities of humility, meekness and compassion and to practice these virtues in the process of verification, clarification and assessment of authentic discernment, through the use of Scriptures and in the context of community.

Reviewed by Mara Lief Crabtree


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Category: Fall 2011, Living the Faith, Pneuma Review

About the Author: Mara Lief Crabtree, D.Min. (Wesley Theological Seminary), MPS (Loyola University, New Orleans), MA (Regent University), is Associate Professor of Spiritual Formation and Women’s Studies at Regent University School of Divinity. Ordained in the Communion of Evangelical Episcopal Churches, she serves as a Tidewater Chapter Chaplain and Region II US Representative for Virginia Chapters in the International Order of St. Luke. Faculty page. Faculty blog.

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