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The Making Of An Ordinary Saint

My Journey From Frustration To Joy With The Spiritual Disciplines

by Nathan Foster

More than thir­ty years after his father’s clas­sic book brought them to the mass­es, Nathan Fos­ter took his own unique path into the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines. As he sought day by day to devel­op habits that would enable him to live more like Jesus, he encoun­tered prob­lems both uni­ver­sal and per­son­al. Along the way, he found cre­ative new ways to prac­tice the dis­ci­plines and dis­cov­ered that a vital, con­ver­sa­tion­al rela­tion­ship with God was tru­ly with­in his grasp.

Now he invites you to join him on the jour­ney. You may just find that holy habits are tru­ly pos­si­ble for all. 

2014

Recommendations

Thir­ty-five years ago, Richard Fos­ter intro­duced a gen­er­a­tion to the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines. Now his son intro­duces anoth­er gen­er­a­tion to both the glo­ries and the frus­tra­tions of seek­ing to prac­tice them – to mas­ter and be mas­tered by the craft and art of the spir­i­tu­al life. This is a book of hon­esty and hope.
John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church; author of Soul Keeping
Nathan Fos­ter has writ­ten about the Chris­t­ian life not imper­son­al­ly and objec­tive­ly but as a par­tic­i­pant. Read this book and find your­self a new com­pan­ion as you fol­low Jesus.
Eugene H. Peterson, professor emeritus of spiritual theology, Regent College
Delight­ful… sim­ply delight­ful. Nathan’s reflec­tions on the spir­i­tu­al dis­ci­plines are hon­est, fresh, and insight­ful. Read and be blessed.
Ruth Haley-Barton, founder of the Transforming Center; author of Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership and Sacred Rhythms
Nathan has a unique voice so bad­ly need­ed today. He is a sto­ry­teller whose raw hon­esty dis­arms the read­er and allows us to join him, with­out fear of judg­ment, on a jour­ney toward an imper­fect sainthood.
James Bryan Smith, associate professor of religion, Friends University; executive director of the Apprentice Institute; author of The Apprentice Series

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