Read this if…

  • You desire to grow as a godly woman, whether single or married, new Christian or long-time Christ-follower
  • You want a more disciplined life but don’t know where to start
  • You need reminded of the importance of spiritual disciplines and how they play into your life as a woman


Publisher’s Summary


Maybe discipline seems like a hard word to you—implying nothing but challenge and duty.  Yet most of us see the value in cultivating spiritual disciplines, and we long to be more consistent in our relationship with God, even in the midst of our busy lives.

Combining biblical teaching, poignant stories, and insightful reflection questions, Barbara Hughes explores 15 vital disciplines in this classic book—helping us to mature as godly Christian women and giving meaningful shape to our lives.


Spiritual disciplines are often thought of as items to check off a list or actions drenched in legalism.  However, from the very beginning of Disciplines of a Godly Woman, Hughes’ words were drenched in grace.  She emphasizes the importance of understanding the gospel first before integrating disciplines into daily life.  She writes, “The gospel is about what God has done, not anything I can do.”

As she walks through each discipline, Hughes writes balancing biblical truth and engaging stories. She also provides practical steps for incorporating each specific discipline into your daily life.


Though there were several disciplines that the modern woman often has prejudices about, such as the disciplines of submission, singleness, marriage and nurturing, Hughes addresses these areas with great wisdom and truth.  Personally, I came away having a new understanding and appreciation of these areas as disciplines, specifically submission and nurturing.


While the wide range of disciplines and long lists of practical steps might seem overwhelming to the reader, Hughes closes with the grace of discipline.  She prescribes a simplistic plan for the reader to practice discipline without succumbing to legalism.  She also includes an extensive resources section to aid in development of each area of discipline which includes hymns, psalms, daily Bible readings, reading list of Christian books and other fiction literature, and much more.


From the time I started this book to the end, I couldn’t put it down.  I would love to read this again with a group of women, and utilize the questions at the end of each chapter.  This book will be one that I recommend to women of all life stages and circumstances.  It will be added to my list of classic Christian resources to refer back to as well.


Disciplines of a Godly Women is published by Crossway

{NOTE: If you are searching for similar resources for your spouse or significant other, R. Kent Hughes has written Disciplines of a Godly Man.  In addition, the Hughes’ have penned Disciplines of a Godly Family.}


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