Spiritual Atrophy

by Christopher R. Greenwood

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In 1996, President Gordon B. Hinckley said “When all is said and done, we are all students. If the day ever comes when we quit learning, look out. We will just atrophy and die. We all can learn and learn well” (Oahu Hawaii Regional Conference, February 18, 1996).

With his newest book, Spiritual Atrophy, author Christopher R. Greenwood writes with clarity, compassion and insight about the need to grow and develop our spirituality as we travel through mortality. He offers a comprehensive and understandable treatment of the danger of pausing on spiritual plateaus, and offers insights into:

  • Godly Sorrow
  • Complacency and Setting Up Stakes
  • Forgiveness
  • Being Cumbered About
  • Discernment
  • Temple Attendance
  • Finding the Right Friends

“As I observe college football each season,” writes the author Christopher R. Greenwood in this landmark book about the need we each have for spiri¬tual growth, “watching the individual teams produce and execute play after play, they make it look so effortless. The same goes for a song that has been well sung or a dance that has been performed. We feel as if we could just join in without skipping a beat. However, when we come back to reality, we know that there is a lot of practice, effort, and struggle that go on behind the scenes. I believe that through applying this same practice, effort, and struggle in our own spirituality comes a certain type of relationship that we can earn with our Father in Heaven and Savior Jesus Christ, based upon our own due diligence.”


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Good book...
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

As with Chris' earlier book, Mighty Change, I was recommended by a friend to read this. I REALLY enjoyed it. Clear, concise, easy to read and very meaty (full of good doctrine). I strongly recommend it.

Review from Deseret News: Tips for living: Fighting against spiritual atrophy
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

When a people stop using their physical muscles, they become weak. The same concept can be applied to our spirituality. Mormon author Christopher R. Greenwood's book, "Spiritual Atrophy" (Eborn Books, $14.95) issues a clarion call to guard against the dangerous peril our spiritual safety faces today.
Greenwood urges readers to evaluate where they stand on their spiritual journey. He writes, "Each of us, from time to time, may feel that we are just not where we should be, spiritually speaking." He also warns that spiritual complacency is equally dangerous.
Here are a few tips, based on Greenwood's 131-page book, to strengthen and tone spiritual muscles:
1. Plant seeds of growth
Greenwood suggests the need to plant seeds of growth in a person's heart.
"Changing our fallen natures may seem a bit daunting and overwhelming," writes Greenwood, "but the seed, or the word of God, must be planted in order to avoid spiritual atrophy."
2. Develop faith
Faith is essential, according to Greenwood. He considers faith as a principle of power.
"Faith must be centered in our Father in Heaven, Jesus Christ and in the Holy Ghost in order for it to lead a person to salvation ... true faith brings miracles and recognition of our Father in Heaven's love through tender mercies that are extended to us," Greenwood writes.
3. Be forgiving
Another hallmark of spiritual strength, writes Greenwood, is the power and capacity to forgive.
"Forgiveness is a divine attribute. If we struggle with this attribute, we can pray for the strength to forgive those who have wronged us, and abandon those feelings of animosity, bitterness or revenge," explains Greenwood.
4. Make time for spirituality
Greenwood asks readers to consider how they prioritize the gospel. Using the New Testament story of Mary and Martha, Greenwood cautions readers to make sure their priorities are focused on the best part — spiritual development.
"We need to remember who or why we serve so we can get to know our Savior Jesus Christ. Everything else is secondary," cautions Greenwood, "don't get caught up in what you are doing and being so busy that you do not remember why you are doing it."
5. Attend the temple
Another critical way to buoy one up, Greenwood writes, is temple attendance.
"These blessings are given for all faithful Saints to enjoy, both men and women ... clearly the temple ceremony was given by a loving and wise Heavenly Father to help us in becoming more Christlike," Greenwood explains.

This book helped me to be a better person and try harder to lessen to the spirit.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I couldn't put it down once I started reading it! I reccomend this book to everyone. Easy to understand and very fascinating!

Loved it!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I have had the opportunity to read your book Spiritual Atrophy! I loved it!. Thanks for writing this book!
A few weeks ago [I had] an experience that happened to me after I read the chapter on forgiveness. Maybe it seems a little silly but this experience really touched my heart. A year ago I had a small fight with an employee at a local restaurant. He already had behaved very rude to me several times before. So one day when I went there, and he was really rude again, I could not help it but to talk to his supervisor that his employee was really rude. I was very angry and even though the supervisor talked to the employee, I felt really bad, but I never did anything to fix it. Since I am a frequent customer at this restaurant, I [recently] went back and this guy just came to assist me. My first reaction was to be in a defensive mode, but what I read in your book got me thinking a lot and I set a goal to change. I tried to be polite hoping that he wouldn't remember me, but he asked me if I was the girl whom he had a fight with like a year ago. I said yes, still not knowing what to do but at the same time trying to forgive and change, so even though I didn't know how he would react, I apologized to him and to my surprise he apologized to me too. I was impressed how long I lived with that uncomfortable feeling towards this person and how easy it was to ask for forgiveness, but above all, I loved the happiness and peace that come after that.
So I am very grateful [to] you [for] writing this book, that helped me remember and really understand things so that I can apply them in my life!!!

Great companion book
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Once again Bro. Greenwood delivers an outstanding and insightful guide to spiritual success, which has been so overlooked in our society that there are few authors with the depth and intelligence to explain these principles in a way the layman can understand and incorporate. I was intrigued by his Equal Time Theory explained in Chapter Two. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to avoid spiritual atrophy in their life.

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Fabulous new book by Chris Greenwood. Well written, well researched. Great information.

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