Thursday, November 22, 2012

Discipline of a Godly Young Man

9781433526022Discipline of a Godly Young Man
Written by R. Kent Hughes & W. Carey Hughes
Published at Crossway

About the book

Point blank, this is a punchy, no-holds-barred book for young men. Laying out the challenge to be disciplined, godly, and sold-out for Jesus, the authors talk about purity in your thought-life, cultural pressure, and perseverance as a Christian. Let father and son Kent and Carey Hughes help you live a life of integrity and become the man God is calling you to be.

Who are R. Kent Hughes & W. Carey Hughes?

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives in Washington state with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

CAREY HUGHES (MTh, Moore College, Sydney) is senior pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church in Spokane, Washington, and former Junior High director at College Church in Wheaton.

My Thoughts

Are  you ever wondered how you can instill disciplines into your son who is growing up and starting to become more independent?  How can you encourage him to read his Bible on a regular basis?  How to make sure he chooses godly friends?  How to ensure that in everything he does he will persevere and work hard?  For a first generation Christian it can seem an enormous task to see that your sons are trained according to God’s will.   This book will cover every aspects of living – relationships, soul, character, ministry, discipline.  All things that I consider essential is growing with God to become the man that He want my sons to become.   Here’s the chapters included in the book.

  1. Discipline in Everything!
  2. Discipline for Godliness
  3. Discipline of Purity
  4. Discipline of Friendship
  5. Discipline of Mind, I: Refusal
  6. Discipline of Mind, II: Filling
  7. Discipline of Devotion
  8. Discipline of Prayer
  9. Discipline of Tongue
  10. Discipline of Work
  11. Discipline of Perseverance
  12. Discipline of Church
  13. Discipline of Giving
  14. Discipline of Witness
  15. Discipline of Ministry
  16. Grace of Discipline

Initially written for youth in the hopes that they learn the ropes of Christian living, I think this book would be a great reading for parents and youth alike.   It could also be used for a young men group study in your church.   Each chapter are organized like this:  read the text on a specific discipline, ponder on the food for thought, and apply what you have learn in your life by accepting the challenge at the end of the chapter.   Sometimes you will also have the opportunity to check out resources from the website – More specifically on the subjects of the mind, the tongue, witnessing, purity, and devotion.

I also think that this book is a great tool to include in your homeschool as it will help you train your sons to become what God has in plans for them.    My two oldest sons already have the discipline of reading their Bible daily but I know that sometimes it could be easy to skip some days.    Besides there are other disciplines that I want them to work on for the years to come.    Slowly they are learning the discipline of working hard and of perseverance, the discipline of giving and serving whenever they can.   I guess it helps that they are part of AWANA as well.   I strongly believe that parents should be the primary teachers for this kind of things.  Please don’t take this wrong, I do find youth group important as well but if this is the only place where they get teaching on how to behave and be a man of God, that isn’t enough.    So I would like to suggest that parents go through this book with their sons as a way to connect and learn more about developing godly disciplines in their lives.   

I strongly believe that developing disciplines in your day-to-day life is essential to stay on the right path.   This book will give you tools to train your sons in doing so.  God has a big plan for them and you are stewards in training them to become the man that He wants them to be.  Will you take up the challenge and step up to the plate?   If so, consider Disciplines of a Godly Young Man to be the tool you will use to do so.

Disciplines of a Godly Young Man is available at your favourite bookstore, even and


It is also available for the Kindle.

Disclaimer: Thanks to Crossway  for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes . I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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