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Celebration of Discipline | [Richard J. Foster]

Celebration of Discipline

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline has helped more than one million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God.
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Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline has helped more than one million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Edward West Point, NY, United States 05-21-10
    Edward West Point, NY, United States 05-21-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Thought-provoking and challenging"

    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carr collierville, TN, United States 12-19-11
    Carr collierville, TN, United States 12-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Book on the Disciplines"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Celebration of Discipline to and why?

    Dallas Willards The Spirit of the Disciplines


    What about Richard Rohan’s performance did you like?

    very good


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Venice, FL, USA 11-16-08
    Aaron Venice, FL, USA 11-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "very good book"

    this book is based on principles not rules and gives insight into areas of the spiritual life which are typically clouded w/ mystery

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Palos Hills, IL, United States 05-28-15
    Amazon Customer Palos Hills, IL, United States 05-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "When reader read...the book will appear"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    victor Oakboro, NC, United States 11-20-12
    victor Oakboro, NC, United States 11-20-12
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    "Deep!!"

    I love this book , deep and direct to the point , Mr. Richard Foster is awesome!! Glory to God!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Philip n Sarah 07-20-15
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    "Good book"

    I would have to say that this book has been read at a point in my life of which I did not quite received the revelation I was expecting

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    Eric B. Sichler Charlotte, NC 06-09-15
    Eric B. Sichler Charlotte, NC 06-09-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Great reminder!"

    my men's group just went thru this book challenging each other and ourselves. ..a must read and action read!

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    Matthew 01-26-15
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebration of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    I first read this a a textbook in university, and have time and time again come back to it. I have based studies and sermons on this book. it is truly a jem. Richard foster speaks clearly and is easily understood.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no. listen to this book one chapter at a time, meditate on it, allow God to speak to you, then move on.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brian CARLSBAD, CA, United States 10-29-12
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    "Timeless spiritual insight"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebration of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    No, not better but I do feel that I've enjoyed the print version more having had the audio to listen to and reinforce the print.


    What about Richard Rohan’s performance did you like?

    Smooth and easy to follow


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Seymour, TN, United States 03-05-12
    Jane Seymour, TN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Wonderful narration and causes reflection!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Celebration of Discipline to be better than the print version?

    Na


    What other book might you compare Celebration of Discipline to and why?

    Not sure


    Which character ??? as performed by Richard Rohan ??? was your favorite?

    Well Jesus of course!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The content causes the listener to pause and reflect on life changes possible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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