I mentioned last week that I had received the first endorsement for The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, or TDoSD if you were trying to decipher the headline, (which, to remind you, should be available on January 7 of next year). A few weeks ago the manuscript was sent to a handful of authors, teachers and other people I much admire who indicated they would be willing to read through it with a view to providing an endorsement. Now under normal circumstances I would simply wait with these and let these appear first on the back of the book. But since the community at this site has really been involved in the book at every stage, I thought it only fair to post them as they come in. And allow me to pause here for a brief moment. Once again I’d like to thank you for your prayers and support while I wrote the book. They truly were invaluable.
I am a bit concerned that this post will seem self-serving, but do hear my heart here. I’m excited and encouraged to see endorsements begin to arrive and trust you will be too. So here it is: the first endorsement (and do note: this is an excerpt of a larger piece of text).
Tim Challies is uniquely qualified to write on the subject. I don’t know of a more reliable or more prolific commentator on the contemporary evangelical scene. His weblog is a favorite stop for thousands of Christian readers every day. His book reviews and his comments on evangelical trends are consistently even-handed, thorough yet succinct, and full of perceptive insights… The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment is a truly important work–one that should be required reading not only for church leaders, but for all sober-minded laypeople as well.
Dr. John MacArthur
Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, CA
I’ll be sure to let you know when and if other endorsements arrive.