Celebration of Discipline explores the "classic disciplines", or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith. Along the way, Foster shows that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found.
Dividing the disciplines into three movements of the spirit, Foster shows how each of these areas contribute to a more balanced spiritual life. The inward disciplines of mediation, prayer, fasting, and study offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service prepare us to make the world a better place. The corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration bring us nearer to one another and to God.
Foster provides a wealth of examples demonstrating how these disciplines can become part of our daily activities and how they can help us shed our superficial habits and "bring the abundance of God into our lives". He offers crucial new insights on simplicity, demonstrating how the biblical view of simplicity, properly understood and applied, brings joy and balance to our inward and outward lives and "sets us free to enjoy the provision of God as a gift that can be shared with others". The discussion of celebration, often the most neglected of the disciplines, shows its critical importance, for it stands at the heart of the way to Christ. Celebration of Discipline will help motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.
©1978, 1988, 1998 Richard J. Foster; (P)2007 HarperCollins Publishers
"The best modern book on Christian spirituality....No other book apart from the Bible has been so helpful to me in the nurturing of my inward journey of prayer and spiritual growth." (Ronald J. Sider, Executive Director, Evangelicals for Social Action)
"Celebration of Discipline" by Richard Foster is a thought-provoking and challenging book about Christian spiritual disciplines. These disciplines include meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. Although I am not able to meet many of the principles and suggested techniques in the book, I think it does a wonderful job of advocating that a religious life should have many more facets and attributes than simply prayer, attending a service, and reading scripture.
Definitely Yes. If you're serious about growing in your faith, this is a great read. It revealed several disciplines I hadn't even considered.
Dallas Willards The Spirit of the Disciplines
Besides sound biblical based, the author draws in from the masters like Augistine,Francis,Luther,Calvin,Westly,Merton,Wilard,ect. The reading list from this book alone for future reads could keep my reading busy for long time. Foster definitely draws from some of the "best of the best" on this topic.
this book does a good job of trying to strike a balance between times of solitude and times in community, times of silence and times of discussion and loud praise. however, Foster puts too little emphasis on the need to be grounding everything in scripture, and checking everything with scripture. in the end, studying and meditating on God's word is just 2 disciplines among many others. too often he relies on man's shaky wisdom by often quoting men and instructing the reader to follow the moving of their spirit and the inner voice of God. like Schaeffer says, God is there, and he has spoken in Bible. he may speak to us through voices, feelings, and other people, but just like the prophets in the OT, these oracles NEED to be tested by scripture.
in the end, this book puts too much focus on striving for mystical revelations, rather than grounding everything in the sure word of God.
I bought the book about six months ago and had only read the first 4 chapters. It was very nice to see the book on Audible because I listen to the book in a day. Very good!
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