Growing Spiritually


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This book by E. Stanley Jones is designed to be read over an entire year. Each day there are scriptural verses, a meditation, a prayer and a thought for the day. Christians have used guides like this for their daily devotional life since the rise of Pietism in the 17th century. However, most of these devotional guides go quickly out of print because they are so bound to the particular issues and challenges of a single generation. However, Growing Spiritually by E. Stanley Jones is timeless and profitable for any Christian in any place or time. The reason is that Jones sets out not simply to inspire you, but to directly address the timeless issues which Christians face which hinders their growth in discipleship.

Jones’ book, Growing Spiritually, is a must-read if you are looking for down-to-earth, trustworthy spiritual insights. His unique, sometimes humorous, and always thought-provoking insights are so enlightening. My favorite: “Sitting in a church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than sitting in a henhouse makes you a hen.” Implicit in that observation is a challenge to all of us. Don’t just sit–Grow!

From his own life experience, Jones knew that becoming a follower of Jesus Christ would be life-changing, but only a first step for him. He knew It would be essential to growing in faith, and he saw many opportunities to do that. Fortunately for us, he chronicled his faith journey in his many books. In this particular devotional, Growing Spiritually, you can focus on specific areas in your life to deepen. Whether you are 19 or 90 years of age, a seeker, a new believer, or a seasoned follower of Christ, this book will enrich you, Growing Spiritually, and it will serve you well.

  • Patricia Saylor, Devoted Jesus follower, a friend of E. Stanley Jones and retired teacher