An Important Guide on Nurturing and Making Disciples
David Arnold's approach provides effective leadership principles and God given precepts which impart a plan for spiritual growth which introduces action steps for becoming true and committed disciples of Jesus Christ. The book is Biblically-based, and sound in doctrine. He builds a solid foundation to help the reader understand true discipleship, in order to mature as followers in Christ. These principles are easily adapted for use in mentoring situations, in small group training, or in new believer's classes. The book is well researched.
David Arnold uses illustrations and heartwarming short stories from contemporary life to bring home spiritual truths. The study questions at the end of each chapter are thought provoking, stimulating, and inspiring.
"David Arnold is a gifted communicator, articulate, and expressive. He writes with conviction, clarity, and vision. "Discipleship Manual" is a timely and important book for the layman, the clergy, for Christian leadership, and for new believers who desire to obey the call to become followers of Christ, true disciples."
"Pastors wanting to see people get closer to Christ would do well to use this book. Written by an experiences pastor, it covers the subject of discipleship with plain, straightforward language. The value and dynamics of deliberate and purposeful Christian living are presented in a matter-of-fact way. Readers quickly learn the importance of personal involvement in God's work, along with the need for teamwork and humility.
Absent are the fluffy illusions about serving God. Instead, down-to-earth Bible-based concepts keep the reader focused on the important things. I sensed no homage to popular culture in this work nothing trendy or shallow - just good, honest Jesus teaching that won't let people down.
Arnold uses catchy chapter titles, few of which are clichés. He also employs plenty of quotes and anecdotes, some fresh, some timeless, to help readers get his points. The chapters are short and the book reads quickly. It shouldn't intimidate those who don't like to read.
Addressing subjects like unity, obedience, service, commitment, and submission, Arnold unflinchingly calls for the kind of sacrificial living that characterizes a true disciple, while keeping a hopeful and positive tone. The book implies that growth in Christ is uncomplicated when one has the desire. Each chapter ends with study questions which should lead to deeper discussion if used in a class setting.
Like a favorite tool, the word "handy" might best describe this trim volume."
Howard Glass Pulpit Helps Magazine Book Review October, 2006, p. 24
Powerful Thought Provoking Truth
"David Arnold's book, "Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?", is filled with an amazing collection of deeply moving, heart warming stories and inspirational quotes that reflect the truth of God's hand in life's disappointments, adversity, and difficulty.
David illustrates how sometimes bad things come into the life of good people, because of Godly living, external things, or disobedience. He maintains that sometimes there are lessons God wants us to learn in compassion, pride, and humility. Difficulties are often used to strengthen our faith and trust in God.
The pages of the book are filled with profound, thought provoking quotes from devotional writers, Christian leaders, those active in sports, well- known preachers, evangelists, and Bible scholars.
Illustrations are also drawn from Scripture which clearly reinforce the truth being introduced. This is a book to read and reread. It is jam-packed with thoughts for meditation, reflection, and for implementing into the life of the reader.
"Why do Bad Things Happen to Good People?" is not a theological treatise, rather if provides insight and hope for the needed strength from Christ to see you through hard times. Timely and important, a treasure trove of inspiration."