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When Richard Foster began writing Celebration of Discipline more than 20 years ago, an older writer gave him a bit of advice: "Be sure that every chapter forces the reader into the next chapter." Foster took the advice to heart; as a result, his book presents one of the most compelling and readable visions of Christian spirituality published in the past few decades. After beginning with a simple observation--"Superficiality is the curse of our age.... The desperate need today is not for a greater number of intelligent people, or gifted people, but for deep people"--Foster's book moves to explain the disciplines people must cultivate in order to achieve spiritual depth. In succinct, urgent, and sometimes humorous chapters, Foster defines a broad range of classic spiritual disciplines in terms that are lucid without being too limiting and offers advice that's practical without being overly prescriptive. For instance, after describing meditation as a combination of "intense intimacy and awful reverence," he settles into such down-to-earth topics as how to choose a place and a posture in which to meditate.
Perhaps most interesting and useful is Foster's chapter on the controversial Christian discipline of submission. According to Foster, submission does not demand self-hatred or loss of identity. Instead, it simply means growing secure in the conviction that "our happiness is not dependent on getting what we want" but on the fulfillment that naturally flows from love of one's neighbors. Such wise and encouraging suggestions have helped many readers to discard the idea that discipline is an onerous duty and to move toward a liberating and simpler idea of discipline--whose defining character, as Foster never forgets, is joy. --Michael Joseph Gross
“If everybody in the country could readand heedthis 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, author of A New Kind of Christian)
“Foster has taught me more about prayer and living faithfully than just about any other living author.” (Lauren Winner, author of Girl Meets God)
“This seminal work on the practice of spiritual disciplines is never outdated.” (Relevant Magazine)
“Richard Foster has given us a rare gift... The celebration of each discipline in this book hands us a tool that can be useful in helping us to integrate our inner and outer lives.” (Macrina Wiederkehr, O.S.B., author of A Tree Full of Angels)
“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)
A very readable and practical book on Christian Disciplines!Published 6 months ago by Patricia Yuill
An all time favourite book of mine, read it a few times and enjoy the sense of freedom and encouragement it gives!Published 13 months ago by Becky Fehr
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.Published 20 months ago by Thoywell Hemmings
Celebration of Discipline By Richard Foster
This is an excellent book and even better on audio CDs. I listen to it during my commute to and back from work. Read more
I was introduced to this book by many Christian leaders from my local church many years back. Many Christian leaders and publications continue to advocate the reading of this book... Read morePublished on June 13 2004 by Edmund Lau Kok Ming
Richard Foster's work inspirationally motivates the reader to consider disciplines as a means to draw into a closer relationship with God. Read morePublished on May 27 2004 by Kevin Hutchison
There is certainly some wisdom in this book. I first read Celebration of Discipline a number of years ago and was challenged in every facet of my spiritual walk. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by FJC
I don't know how to encourage you to purchase this book. Look at the reviews. With the exception of one or two unusual reviews that speak for themselves, notice how... Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2004 by Amazon Customer