In the introduction, the author leads us to understand that spiritual growth is a job that depends not only God but that man has some responsibility in this equation.
Brilliantly he makes a comparison between the sports competitions, such as the Olympics and the Christian Life. In all aspects of preparation of Olympic athletes, to try to overcome limitations or improve their performance, christian life makes us "invitations" to train, make sacrifices and accept some disciplines, with the purpose of the Christian to do the maximum to his Lord.
And the sacrifices are five or disciplines that every Christian has to develop to become an athlete who "runs to achieve an imperishable crown" in the words of the Apostle Paul (1 Cor.9.24, 25); behold them:
1-Bible Study, 2- Oration, 3-Adoration, 4-Service, 5-Stewardship.
And in each of these topics the Christian is called to intimacy with the Lord Our God. Richly illustrated with evidence of facts in the life personages of church history such as Martin Luther, Augustine, King David, Apostle Paul, Moses, Our Savior Jesus Christ and some events in the life of the author and his contemporaries. Facts that leads to the understanding that the call to Christian life leads us to a deep commitment to God. And if this is not taken seriously will never enjoy the grace and peace with ourselves, with our brothers and especially with God.
Always intertwined within each chapter the importance of daily practice as an effort, an exercise required of Christians, so that this becomes a habit and not just liturgy. This is the essence of the book, the Bible Study,Oration, Adoration, Service and Stewardship, things become so common in Christian life as walking, breathing or eating. They are the foundations for a healthy growth for a new convert guiding and guidelines for those are stopped on the road.
Are the foundation for a victorious Christian life.