Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines For The Spiritually Exhausted
  • Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines For The Spiritually Exhausted
  • Ragged: Spiritual Disciplines For The Spiritually Exhausted
ISBN: 1948969483
EAN13: 9781948969482
Language: English
Release Date: May 11, 2021
Pages: 248
Dimensions: 0.56" H x 9.02" L x 5.98" W
Weight: 0.81 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Book Overview

When we mistake spiritual disciplines for to-dos, time slots on our schedule, or Instagram-able moments, we miss the benefits of Christ's continual and constant work for us. In Ragged, Gretchen Ronnevik aims to reclaim spiritual disciplines as good gifts given by our good Father instead of heavy burdens of performance carried by the Christian.


Only when we recognize our failure to maintain God's commands do we also realize the benefit of our dependence on his promises. Gretchen uses this distinction of law and gospel, presented throughout Scripture, to guide readers through spiritual disciplines including prayer, meditation, Scripture reading, and discipleship among others.


The good news is that spiritual disciplines have less to do with what we bring before God and more about who Christ is for us, not only as the author but also as the perfector of our faith.

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   Gentle and helpful
Without compromising on the pursuit of holiness or disregarding any of the spiritual disciplines, Ronnevik's book is hugely encouraging. Grace filled, practical but not legalistic, it was a huge encouragement to me, and one I would recommend to friends who are struggling with that familiar feeling in trials God feels so far away '', instead of turning to other things daily and affirming our need for Christ? This book is good for spiritually weak or spiritually thirsty. It will encourage you to consider disciplines that you aren 't incorporating. Fasting is a discipline that has been accepted in America, the country of instant gratification.
 
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   A much needed perspective on Christian life
This book is a spiritual resource for anyone who feels enslaved by shame and guilt as they wrestle with the wonderful disciplines outlined in the Bible. We are all unique and the Holy Spirit speaks uniquely to each of us. She gives illustrations of how to apply each discipline individually and in the community. This book, which is refreshing and liberating, will help you understand how to approach God and how much you mean to Him. This was my favorite point that was repeated throughout the book.
 
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   Learning Dependence, not Do-It-Yourself Righteousness
She demonstrates how the spiritual disciplines are not meant to be a checklist that we go through to unlock righteousness, but that God Himself disciplines us into righteousness, and the spiritual disciplines are meant to keep us from dependence on Christ, rather than falling back into legalism and works righteousness.
 
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   Refreshing and freeing
If you are weary of books that hold the labor of your hands to fill the demands of the law over your head instead of pointing you to Christ and the Gospel, this book is for you. It is not a how-to, but a who-do-you-look-to as the source and motivator for Christian disciplines. I also appreciate how the author clearly distinguishes between law and gospel. This book is not just for women. I put a copy in the church library and plan to give away copies.
 
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   Grace over Law
This is a book that I can see myself coming back to again and again. Gretchen shares in God's grace from a point of grace. The idea of doing this and you will find peace is not something you will find in this book. This book is not a book driven by works. This book is simply sharing that Christ is how we can come to God and also that the spiritual disciplines of restortation, Bible reading, prayer, fasting, confession, grace, and humility are available to us not as a push of works, but as a means to come closer to God in our relationship. I am so grateful that I was able to read this book and I can 't wait to read it again to think about why it is that we do these spiritual disciplines.
 
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