Habits can be life-changing, either for good or for bad. When habits are formed that help you to grow spiritually, the results will pay off exponentially in every other area of your life, as well. A new book from Moody Publishers written by Darryl Dash is entitled “How to Grow: Applying the Gospel to All of Your Life”, and is filled with practical ideas for forming life-giving habits that incorporate Bible-reading, prayer, and other spiritual practices into our everyday life.
“How to Grow” is written in a very accessible, easy-to-understand style that makes it a good read for both new and mature Christians. Some of it was a little dry and repetitive, but other parts more than made up for it as the author gave awesome suggestions to help readers form habits that will, over time, add up to incredible growth. I especially loved his ideas about making prayer a core habit of our life, and growing in the mindset of seeing prayer as a way to manage our lives, by shaping our hearts, work, family, etc. through bringing them to our heavenly Father in prayer. It is important to note that the author does not say that habits are the only way to grow as a Christian – on the contrary he reminds us that relationship with, obedience to, and love for God is the only way we can become more like His Son. Habits are merely a tool we can use to help us achieve this.
While “How to Grow” may at first come across as a simplistic little book for new believers, it is actually much more than that. It holds keys to help us unlock different habits of growth in our lives. This is the type of book you will want to bookmark, underline, and take notes from, so I plan to find an accessible place for it and re-read my favorite portions whenever I need a bit of inspiration in my daily habit-forming. If you want to grow, this book is a great starting point!
I received this book courtesy of Moody Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.