Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth Paperback – 27 Nov 2008
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Like a child exploring the attic of an old house on a rainy day, discovering a trunk full of treasure and then calling all his brothers and sisters to share the find, Richard Foster has 'found' the spiritual disciplines that the modern world stored away and forgot ... the instruments of joy, the way into mature Christian spirituality and abundant life. (Eugene Peterson)
This is a book I'd love to have written ... exciting, stimulating and joyful. (Joyce Huggett)
The best modern book on Christian spirituality. (Ronald Sider)
A brand new re-issue of this Christian classic, with a stunning new cover.See all Product Description
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This book, Celebration of Discipline, caught grief from both liberals and fundamentalists (within and outside Quakers). The liberals sometimes object to his biblical emphasis, and the fundamentalists sometimes object to his "political" advocacy of social concern as well as to his use of meditative disciplines. In fact, the inclusion of meditation in his writings (very congenial to Friends/Quakers) resulted in a brief campaign to have him excluded as a speaker from some evangelical events.
However, many of us appreciate his gracious, tender approach, his willingness to be self-disclosing, and his humor.
Health advice: not to be read with a legalistic religious spirit, but rather secure under grace. Not trying to change to justify oneself, but seeking to come alive in love for him.
Celebration of Discipline is one of those books - the marked-up-in-a-good-way books.
I deliberately took my time reading it (or tried to), rather than rushing through, but there is still so much goodness in there that I'm thinking of picking it back up and starting again almost immediately.
In a way, it shouldn't be so exciting. The twelve disciplines he covers he calls the classical disciplines - classic both because they are ancient and "because they are central to experiential Christianity."
"Superficiality," he begins, causing me to reach for my pencil, "is the curse of our age. ... The classical Disciplines of the spiritual life call us to move beyond surface living into the depths."
If that doesn't resonate with you, click away now; there's nothing for you here. If, however, that makes your heart and soul yearn for that deeper experience of God, of life itself, stop reading this review and just buy the book.
What comes through most strongly in Foster's writing is not a sense of dutiful worthiness but one of joy: deep, refreshing, life-giving joy. The author's celebration of discipline is not just a hopeful title but a very clear reality.
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I bought this hardback edition as a replacement for my yellowing paperback edition purchased in 1983. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Clomas
It helped in the sense that it instilled further I was on the right path.Published 10 months ago by sylvestina simmons
A guide to deepening one's spiritual life as a Christian. It is practical, challlenging and eminently readable. A book to read and to re-read. Read morePublished 11 months ago by pilgrim
It is the only book that i know if that goes in useful way over the practicalities of fasting, silence, simplicity, community, and indeed all spiritual disciplines, putting them... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Cjbevan
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