Disciplines of a Godly Man – Kent Hughes

In 1 Timothy 4:7-8 we read, “Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come.”

The book I am reviewing is called Disciplines of a Godly Man. It is written by Kent Hughes. He earned his Doctor of Ministry from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He is Senior Pastor Emeritus at College Church in Wheaton, Illinois in America. He has a wife, Barbara, four children and 23 grandchildren. He has authored several books, including Set Apart: Calling a Worldly Church to a Godly LifeMastering the Pastoral Role, and is the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentaries. His wife has also published a companion book to this one, called Disciplines of a Godly Woman, and together they have written Disciplines of a Godly Family.

Some of you here have probably read this book already, and I can attest that it has been a great help to me in my spiritual growth.

This book has been written as an aid for all Christian men seeking to grow in holiness, and I reckon that there is a lot that all of us can learn from this book, no matter what stage we are at in our Christian walk. I say this as a young Christian man seeking to develop these characteristics. This book is equally applicable to single and married men as each point made in the book is applied to the single man and the married man.

This book is divided into four main categories: Relationships, Soul, Character and Ministry. These main categories are each divided into four sub-categories, such as: The Discipline of Purity, the Discipline of Prayer, the Discipline of Integrity and the Discipline of Leadership. Each section begins with an example taken from real-world happenings that illustrate the main point of the section, and then brings it back to the Bible and shows the biblical basis for what is being said.

I believe that this book is a staple for males who want to be godly men.

Review by Matt Tickle

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