‘True Discipleship’ by William MacDonald

A book review by Elspeth McLachlan

At first glance this book may seem like a handbook for new believers and those who are young in their faith. At least that is what I thought when I first picked it up! But this twenty-one chapter book is so much more than a ‘starter-pack’. William MacDonald gives excellent advice on how to lead a truly God-glorifying life. He tackles what the disciple’s attitude should be to issues like marriage, tithing, sharing our faith effectively, martyrdom, money, diligence in business, and prayer.

MacDonald teaches clearly how we as Christians have to forsake all, having zealous faith and laying aside all hindrances. He says: ‘True Christianity is an all-out commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ. The Saviour is not looking for men and women who will give their spare evenings to Him – or weekends – or years of retirement. Rather He seeks those who will give Him first place in their lives.’

MacDonald talks a lot about money and good stewardship: ‘Everything that we possess is a sacred stewardship from God.’ He very clearly illustrates that when we use worldly possessions for our own pleasure they will perish in the using, but if they are used for Christ then we will ‘reap the dividends throughout eternity.’

After studying the cost of true discipleship, MacDonald goes on to look at the rewards of living to glorify God. With useful tips and practical examples, this book is a must for everyone, old or young in their faith, who is trying to be more Christ-like.

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