Discipleship Living for Christ in the Daily Grind by J. Heinrich Arnold with Foreward by Henri J. M. Nouwen
This is a challenging book for me. I've found it not one I can just settle in and read; but a book I must take slowly, meditating on the short entries individually, allowing them to settle in and speak. And that is a good thing.
From the Foreward:
I am very grateful for this book. It is a prophetic book in a time in which few people dare to speak unpopular but truly healing words.
I pray that those who read this book won't be afraid to be confronted, and I trust that the word of God that comes to them through it will bring true comfort, true consolation, true hope, and true courage.
~ Henri J. M. Nouwen
Discipleship is divided into 3 sections- The Disciple, The Church, and The Kingdom of God.
Within these sections are chapters with a series of short writings on topics related to discipleship such as- The Inner Life, Repentance, Conversion, Community, Leadership, Unity, The Living Word, The Cross, The Holy Spirit.
This excerpt from the Introduction says it best:
Some books are easiest to describe by saying what they are not. This is not a collection of devotions or meditations, not a "feel good" journal about walking with God, and not a guide for self-improvement or personal spiritual growth. It is, very simply, a book about discipleship- about following Christ humbly, obediently, and with an open heart. And it is written by a man whose message cannot be understood in any other way.
True words, those. And I am grateful to have the chance to learn from this book in the coming days of 2015.
If you are seeking depth in your Christian walk, to learn what discipleship truly is, and to be challenged on many levels, I recommend Discipleship to you.