Joyful Surrender: 7 Disciplines for the Believer’s Life By Elisabeth Elliot

To read one of Elisabeth Elliot’s books is a spiritual experience. Her writings are not just from the heart but come from a much deeper place: her lifelong relationship with the Lord and what He has taught her. She doesn’t just write about it she has lived it. Going back to the tribe that killed your husband to lead them to Christ more than qualifies her to write about discipline!
I love her statement at the very first of the book: “Discipline is the believer’s answer to God’s call.” This is a very timely subject in our world today. Discipline is gradually fading in all areas of life and being replaced with a willy-nilly fleshly attitude of doing whatever one desires. If the flesh leads and is not brought under submission, we cannot follow or serve Christ. Scripture tells us of this spiritual war.
Ms. Elliot shows the reader through her skillful writing, personal experiences and scriptures, the 7 areas a Christian must work toward discipline to fulfill their calling in Christ. She includes not only the how but the why. The areas are: body, mind, place, time, possessions, work and feelings. I found the subjects of possessions and feelings to be ones maybe people don’t look at in this light. This is a book you will want to read more than once and study.
I received this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have stated are my own.

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