We count our steps with a Fitbit. We record our calorie intake with an iPhone app. We regulate our exercise with shiny monitors on our exercise equipment. But how do we keep up with our spiritual progress?

Author Carl Laferton gives us a really helpful and practical guide to start being more intentional about our spiritual growth. Carl’s new book Spiritual Healthcheck: 16 Steps to a Thriving Christian Life offers clear and concise ways to measure and enhance your spiritual life. Here’s an excerpt from the book:

How are you doing in your Christian life? Really thriving… barely surviving… or somewhere in between? Over the next sixteen studies, we’ll move through some diagnostic questions , then identify some spiritual vitamins that will help improve your Christian health, and finish by thinking about the doctor who helps us answer the questions and enables us to self-administer the vitamins.

You can read through this book in an hour. But I don’t encourage you to do that. I recommend that you spend time reading and reflecting on the Scripture in each chapter and think deeply about the diagnostic questions Carl outlines. This is a wonderful resource to get you to start paying more attention to your spiritual health. Whether you hit the gym daily or not, we all need the reminder, “bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way” (1 Timothy 4:8).