How’s your spiritual health? No, really — how is it? In his book, Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney helps the reader determine if he or she is spiritually healthy or simply spiritually busy. The two are not the same thing.
As you will recall, no group was busier being “spiritual” than the Jewish religious leaders of Jesus’ day, but, for them, busyness did not translate into Godliness. Whitney offers the following 10 questions to help the reader assess his or her spiritual health:
- Do you thirst for God?
- Are you governed increasingly by God’s Word?
- Are you more loving?
- Are you more sensitive to God’s presence?
- Do you have a growing concern for the spiritual and temporal needs of others?
- Do you delight in the Bride of Christ?
- Are the spiritual disciplines of the Christian life increasingly important to you?
- Do you still grieve over sin?
- Are you a quicker forgiver?
- Do you yearn for Heaven and to be with Jesus?
Without hesitation, I recommend all of Whitney’s books, but this particular book can serve as a great diagnostic tool to determine one’s own spiritual health. Listen to some other brief reviews of the book….
“Donald Whitney is an experienced physician of the soul. Now he has given us an excellent diagnostic tool for evaluating our spiritual health. I highly recommend this book.” Jerry Bridges
“Whether we consider our spiritual health to be robust or weak, Don Whitney’s leadership through this self-diagnosis will almost inevitably move you to a higher spiritual plane. Whitney has given us several excellent books on the spiritual disciplines, but I believe this is the most helpful of his books to date. I personally felt my yearning for God intensify and then found expression in tangible growth as I applied Whitney’s tests and comments to my own spiritual life. I commend it highly to all sincere Christian seekers.” T.W. HUNT
“This truly inspiring volume plumbs beneath external performance to stir up our heartfelt devotion to God.” Moody Magazine