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Point blank, this is a punchy, no-holds-barred book for young men. Laying out the challenge to be disciplined, godly, and sold-out for Jesus, the authors talk about purity in your thought-life, cultural pressure, and perseverance as a Christian. Let father and son Kent and Carey Hughes help you live a life of integrity and become the man God is calling you to be.

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Point blank, this is a punchy, no-holds-barred book for young men. Laying out the challenge to be disciplined, godly, and sold-out for Jesus, the authors talk about purity in your thought-life, cultural pressure, and perseverance as a Christian. Let father and son Kent and Carey Hughes help you live a life of integrity and become the man God is calling you to be.

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“For a book to keep your interest, it’s most important that it captures your heart’s yearning from the beginning. This book is relevant, theological, culturally astute, and challenging for the serious student. It is a resource for pastors and a tool for discipleship for lay leaders. It is a MUST READ.”
Steve Keels, Student Ministries Pastor for 32 years; Next Generation Pastor, Good Shepherd Community Church, Boring, Oregon; author; Truth Quest books

“This is a really uncomfortable book. I can honestly say that I read something troubling on every page. I am therefore so grateful to God for this great aid to the overriding aim of all of our lives: Christlikeness—read it and repent.”
Rico Tice, Evangelist; author, Christianity Explored

“In a male culture marked by spiritual apathy and passivity, this book serves as a clarion call to single-minded discipline, radical purity, and kingdom purpose. Weaving together biblical wisdom and memorable illustrations from history and popular culture, Disciplines of a Godly Young Man provides clear and compelling guidance on every page. I can scarcely think of a book more necessary for the emerging men of the next generation.”
David Setran, Associate Professor of Christian Formation and Ministry, Wheaton College; author, The College “Y”: Student Religion in the Era of Secularization

Discipline is not a popular word these days. But disciplined Christians are growing Christians. So if you know a young man who wants to grow up in the faith, do him a big favor and buy him this book.”
Collin Hansen, Editorial Director, The Gospel Coalition; coauthor, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Stories That Stretch and Stir

“Be warned. You may struggle with this book at first—not because it is hard to read, but because Kent Hughes and his son Carey Hughes show from the Bible the high benchmark that God demands of your young life. They lay it out on the table, simply and clearly, chapter by chapter, discipline by discipline, and then they invite you to live the life God requires. Of course, young Australian men will need to read their own heroes into the first chapter; but they will recognize the biblical heroes in chapter 11; and hopefully, they will recognize the love and power of the one Hero: Jesus Christ, when they read the final chapter about grace. Make sure you read this book to the end.”
Justin Moffatt, Senior Minister, St. Philip’s, York Street Anglican, Sydney, Australia

“This book is a serious wake-up call for young men who seek to follow Christ. With its straightforward tone and gospel-grounded challenges, this is a perfect introduction to the spiritual disciplines for young men who love Jesus. I look forward to reading and studying this book with our high school guys.”
Jon Nielson, High School Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433526022
  • Publisher: Crossway
  • Publication date: 1/28/2012
  • Pages: 191
  • Sales rank: 634,342
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois. He has authored numerous books for Crossway, including Disciplines of a Godly Man, and is the series editor and a contributor to the popular Preaching the Word series. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He now lives on the West Coast with his wife, Barbara, and is the father of four and grandfather of an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

CAREY HUGHES (MTh, Moore College, Sydney) is senior pastor of Christ the Redeemer Church in Spokane, Washington, and former Junior High director at College Church in Wheaton.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 11


1 Discipline Is Everything! 15

2 Discipline for Godliness 21


3 Discipline of Purity 31

4 Discipline of Friendship 43


5 Discipline of Mind, I: Refusal 55

6 Discipline of Mind, II: Filling 65

7 Discipline of Devotion 73

8 Discipline of Prayer 83


9 Discipline of Tongue 99

10 Discipline of Work 109

11 Discipline of Perseverance 117


12 Discipline of Church 129

13 Discipline of Giving 141

14 Discipline of Witness 151

15 Discipline of Ministry 161


16 Grace of Discipline 173

Notes 181

General Index 185

Scripture Index 187

Table of Resources 191

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  • Posted May 15, 2012

    I received a copy of the book “Disciplines of a Godly Youn

    I received a copy of the book “Disciplines of a Godly Young Man” by R. Kent Hughes and Carey Hughes. I received this book free of charge for the purpose of this review. The opinions though, are my own and aren’t changed by the fact I received it for free.

    I have two boys (8 and 11) and as such, good books that will help them grow into adulthood and into a relationship with Christ are always of interest to me. So when this book came in the mail I was eager to crack it open. I won’t say that I was excited, because it seems many of the books for young men are more superficial. This however is not a superficial type of book.

    It goes through many aspects of discipline that will be necessary for young men to grow in their relationship with Christ. And it starts off very honestly. Discipline is not easy and this book does not shy away from that fact. It gives good advice, which is hard at times but always on a good biblical foundation.

    For example, it talks about ridding yourself of a computer or TV if these things are causing you to drift from God. I also appreciated that it spent quite a number of pages talking about the necessity of having a “Christian mind,” that you can’t have a Christian frame of mind without regularly being in the Word. You must read, listen, understand, meditate, study, and act on scripture. Being a Christian isn’t something you can decide once and then put on a shelf. It is a dynamic growing relationship.

    While both of my boys are still a bit young for this book (it’s targeted at late teen, early twenties aged boys) I will certainly keep it on the shelf and waiting for them when they get older. And I’m sure it will appeal to them. It is easy to read and is very light at only about 180 pages. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Posted May 12, 2012

    great resource for teenage boys

    What is discipline? For many people, the first answer that comes to mind is punishing a child to correct a wrong. That’s part of it, but there’s so much more. The basic meaning of “discipline” is training. “Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance” (2 Timothy 4:7-9). Based upon this passage, Disciplines of a Godly Young Man encourages young men to develop and nurture twelve different disciplines grouped in four categories in order to be godly. After a couple of introductory chapters, they are Relationships: Purity, Friendship; Soul: Mind, Devotion, Prayer; Character: Tongue, Work, Perseverance; and Ministry: Church, Giving, Witness, Ministry, followed by a concluding chapter on the “Grace of Discipline.”
    The theme of the book is found on pages 22-23: “Understanding this, we now get down to the reason for this book, which is that in today’s world and church, young Christian men who are disciplined are the exception, not the rule. Why? The answer is that the popular, politically correct culture of the new millennium suppresses manliness, and especially the manliness and leadership of young men who attempt to follow Christ. The reasons are several (feminism, entertainment, and legalism), and together they are daunting.” Under “Purity,” the talk about sex is frank, though certainly not salacious, but it is very true and needed! There are some excellent comments under “Mind” about television and movies, under “Work” about the need for a spiritually disciplined work life, and under “Church” about the importance of church attendance and the benefits of worship. Also, the Hugheses have a great discussion about the difference between discipline and legalism.
    I will say that the use of all the sports examples, apparently cited to make the book appealing to young men in our athletic-saturated society, leaves me somewhat cold because I am totally disinterested in sports. However, I suspect that many readers will find them meaningful, and other kinds of illustrations are provided for those who are not into athletics. Depending upon their religious background, there may be a few word usages and theological concepts with which some may disagree. However, these differences are minor to the purpose of the book, and I think that Disciplines of a Godly Young Man would make a great resource for use in a “life curriculum” for a homeschooled teenage boy. R. Kent Hughes, who authored Disciplines of a Godly Man, is “Senior Pastor Emeritus” of College Church in Wheaton, IL, and his son Carey Hughes is “Senior Pastor” of Christ the Redeemer Church in Spokane, WA. Kent’s wife Barbara wrote Disciplines of a Godly Woman, and together they produced Disciplines of a Godly Family.

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    Posted March 22, 2012


    Ive heard nothing but great things about this book. I can not wait to read it

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