Jim Greene is a layman Sunday school teacher from Knoxville, TN. He has self-published a series of faith based books based upon his journals.
The first book in this series, Unlocking Your Spiritual Greatness, is focuses on a passage from 1 Timothy:
"For bodily exercise profits a little, but godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is and of that which is to come." (1 Timothy 4:8)
This book looks to Jesus for “duplicate-able” activities for the model for our growth. For years Christian writers have identified specific activities regularly evidenced in his earthly life and called them Spiritual or Christian Disciplines. Greene believes that if it was useful for Jesus to be disciplined in his worship and praise to God, then it is useful for us as well. He also believes that the inclusion of Christian Disciplines in our lives, or what he calls the Disciplined Training Approach, places us in obedient submission to God.
I've recently considered how we are all like spiritual athletes. Spiritual disciplines train our spirit, our mind, and our emotions to help us grow closer to God. This is similar to the way Wayne Gretzky, Michael Jordan, and Jackie Joyner-Kersee trained for their careers as professionals athletes. It also brings forth the question: How can I be an example of godliness today?
Other books in this series include:
- God's Answer: Praying the Scriptures Back to God,
- A Place of Faith: When There is No Place Else to Go, and
- Living on the Dark Side of Faith.
You can learn more about Jim Greene's work at http://www.jimgreenebooks.com