I like the book Chazown by Craig Groeschel. In my estimation the book is written primarily for Christians who are hoping to develop self-discipline in their lives. Groeschel has an engaging style that is reminiscent of Andy Stanley. The premise of Chazown is similar to that of Rick Warren in The Purpose Driven® Life, though Chazown by nature comes off as more of a Christian insider book. There are also a few places in the book where the author takes on a voice similar to Henry Blackaby in Experiencing God and asks the reader to see where God has been working.
Though I am a fan, I do have a major reservation about the book. The message of self-discipline is one that is deeply needed, especially in our culture and it is biblical. However, I’m afraid that an emphasis on self-discipline apart from an adequate portrait of Christ can lead to a works based righteousness view of sanctification. I don’t think that was the author’s intent. Again, I sense that the book was written for Christian “insiders” and so a lot was perhaps taken for granted.
Overall I thought the book was great. The website that accompanies the book is great and the book is one of the best I have ever read on how to practically develop self-discipline in crucial areas of your life. I highly recommend this book for believers who are looking to develop godly habits in their lives. The retail price of Chazown is $14.99 (Paperback), and is available around the web in places like Amazon.com for $10.19. I gave it four stars.
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