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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Harperone; 25th edition (Oct. 19 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060628391
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060628390
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,344 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith L. Goode on April 2 2002
Format: Hardcover
In Celebration of Discipline, Foster has provided a well-written guide to help Christians enhance their relationship with God. He breaks the book down into three major sections: the Inward, Outward, and Corporate disciplines. The disciplines covered are meditation, prayer, fasting, study, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.
For the most part, this book is a great starting point. Foster backs up each of his statements not only with Biblical references, but also with quotations from Christianity's most prominent writers and thinkers. I found, however, that he falls just short of providing a complete picture of each discipline. Often additional time is required of the reader to research the writings that are quoted.
I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to move forward in his or her relationship with God.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Valentine Dworak on March 22 2004
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The topic of the disciplines, e.g. fasting, praying, etc, is not an easy, quick fix topic like most the christian literature littering our bookstores today. Foster draws on centuries of tradition to form this wonderful book on spiritual development through the use of the disciplines. These are time honored techniques that will push you spiritually to deepen your relationship with God.
This book is a great read for anyone who wants to go deeper in their faith and be pushed out of their comfort zone.
Joseph Dworak
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LW on March 7 2013
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I heard of this book many years ago from another friend. Some how I had this impression that this book would be too deep for me to comprehend. The truth is this book is completely accessible to everyone. The language is simple and teachings are not hard to comprehend, but there is a lot of depth to it. It requires time and effort to digest the teachings and apply them to life. I like it that although the book was written 20 plus years ago, the teachings are still relevant today.

I agree with Foster that the Disciplines are intended to bring us to a place where God can work in us and through us. On their own, the Disciplines have no intrinsic value.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M Leonard on Feb. 1 2004
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As with one of the other reviewers published on this site, I read Foster's book in the process of converting to Catholicism. In the Catholic Church I have found the fullness of the depth of which Foster attempts to elucidate. I found this book to be a refreshing return to the wisdom of early Christians whose lives were dedicated to growing in their faith. It whet my appetite for a return to the wisdom of the early Church, which was very familiar with Foster's thesis. This is not a book of banal platitudes so often found in popular Christian literature. Rather, it is an intense, spiritually practical book which will put you on the road to a deeper relationship with the Lord.
For those who say Foster relies on human writers/opinions instead of Scripture, not only are they wrong, but show their ignorance as to how God works...through men. The canon of Scripture was defined by the Catholic Church in the late 4th century at the Councils of Hippo and Carthage. If we had not listened to them and submitted to their authority (given them by God), there would be no Scripture. I do not hold Foster to be on the same level with the Councils of Church history, but to say we shouldn't listen to the opinion of men is ridiculous. You might as well do away with sermons and theologians. Many men and women throughout history have offered beautiful insights into the Faith. Foster is merely doing his part. If you like Foster, you should look into the writings of some of the early Church Fathers and other saints throughout history.
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By Thoywell Hemmings on April 3 2014
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Excellent Book! Really helps to understand God best four our lives. This was on e of the best purchases I have ever made, well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tricia on Jan. 2 2004
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As a former evangelical Christian who is in the process of converting to Catholicism, I believe that Richard Foster's disciplines perfectly define the writing of James 2:26 - "...faith without works is dead." Foster's disciplines are the "works," service (or good works) being only one of them. I for one plan to practice the disciplines, and I'm not worried that I will be steered into new age mysticism. I am convinced that I will draw closer to Christ.
This is a wonderful book, based fully on the practices of Jesus and his disciples during the time of Jesus' ministry here on Earth. Naysayers are guilty of the very malpractice that Foster cautions against - that of legalism and regarding the practice of the disciplines as the end in of themselves, rather than as a means of placing ourselves nearer to the presence of God. One of Foster's detractors says that Foster relies on the opinions and practices of men, rather than relying on Scripture - yet on almost every page, Foster quotes Scripture and interprets its meaning in the context of the disciplines. As another (favorable) reviewer mentions, Foster not only analyzes the various disciplines, he provides practical advice for putting them into practice so that novices are not overwhelmed at first.
I find no fault in Foster's ideas about meditation - he keeps focused squarely on listening to God and His will for us. One evangelical Christian church I used to attend defined meditation as listening to God, while praying is speaking to God. Foster does not deviate from that definition.

I am amazed that Foster draws on so many sources for his writing. I would not have expected a Quaker to be so well versed in the writings of the early Church fathers. There will always be Christians who cannot see beyond their narrow interpretation of Scripture and who don't understand that their beliefs are also based on the interpretation of men who broke away from the Catholic Church.
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