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Celebration of Discipline

by Richard J. Foster

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.

1988

Recommendations

If every­body in the coun­try could read — and heed — this book, what a dif­fer­ence it would make to the planet.
Madeleine L'Engle
Fos­ter has chal­lenged us to see Chris­t­ian faith … as a life of spir­i­tu­al transformation.
Brian D. McLaren
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
This sem­i­nal work on the prac­tice of spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines is nev­er outdated.
Relevant Magazine

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