Celebration of Discipline (Google eBook)

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HarperCollins, Mar 17, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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In the twenty years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. For this special twentieth anniversary edition, Richard J. Foster has added an introduction, in which he shares the story of how this beloved and enduring spiritual guidebook came to be.

Hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality, 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 balanced spiritual life. The inward Disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study, offer avenues of personal examination and change. The outward Disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service, help 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.


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Excellent introduction to the spiritual disciplines. - LibraryThing
Full of great insight and practical experiences. - LibraryThing
New insight on old practices. - LibraryThing
Many of Foster's insights are incredible. - LibraryThing

Review: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

User Review  - Liz - Goodreads

You cannot go wrong with Richard Foster. Celebration of Discipline is so helpful and useful for any Christian desiring to grow in their life with God. It covers the spiritual disciplines of meditation ... Read full review

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User Review  - Mitchell Thompson - Goodreads

The term "discipline" today carries a negative connotation. However, in the life of a Christ-follower, discipline is not negative but positive. I first learned of this classic through a church based ... Read full review

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Foreword by D Elton Trueblood
Door to Liberation
The Inward Disciplines
The Discipline of Fasting
The Outward Disciplines
The Discipline of Submission
10 Confession
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About the author (2009)

Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, Life with God, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovaré, an organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible.

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