Streams of Living Water: Essential Practices from the Six Great Traditions of Christian Faith Paperback – Nov 27 2001
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Streams of Living Water is Richard J. Foster's roundup of six great traditions of Christian spiritual practice. His essays on spirituality--contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational--are grounded in straightforward profiles of biblical and modern characters whom Foster considers exemplars of these traditions. (The prophet Amos and the Quaker abolitionist John Woolman, for example, are featured in the chapter on social justice.) Each chapter ends with a bit of advice about how readers can cultivate new aspects of spiritual life and keep these Christian traditions alive: "Take a bath instead of a shower. Waste time for God," Foster writes, in his chapter on the contemplative tradition. Foster doesn't really break new ground in Streams of Living Water--he's written about most of these spiritual disciplines elsewhere--but this book is a useful and engaging introduction to a fairly broad range of Christian spiritual practices. --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"...a marvel of a book covering two milleniums of Christian experience. With clarity and restraint, Foster invites the reader to draw from his wells of wisdom as he paints in words the portraits of those who have shaped our rich and varied heritage. His broad brush strokes bring to life the streams of living water that for centuries have nourished our souls. Not only that, he generously gives tangible application to our fragmented lives in the here and now." -- Ingrid Trobisch, author of THE CONFIDENT WOMAN and KEEPER OF THE SPRINGS
"Foster's engaging writing and thoughtful presentation make the book appealing to a broad readership." -- -- Publishers Weekly
"Richard Foster has written another classic." -- Dallas Morning News
"Richard J. Foster has offered the church an exquisite gift in his new book STREAMS OF LIVING WATER. Foster paints a masterful portrait of Jesus... This well-written and immensely appealing book needs tobe read by every individual who is committed to reaching maturity in his or her spiritual life." -- Sojourners Magazine
"STREAMS OF LIVING WATER is educational and inspirational...[it] provides the chart for negotiaiting through the shallows and narrows, the rapids and bays that make up a remarkably diverse and ric body of faith."-Dale Hanson Bourke, Religion News Service --
"STREAMS OF LIVING WATER may well be Foster's most important work yet." -- A Closer Look
"This book is an amazing bridge-builder." -- CBA Marketplace --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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PROBLEMS: There was nothing wrong with the examples Foster selected, but they didn't grab me as much as other Renovare books have. Perhaps I'd rather read each person's own words than read about that person's life. Also, the binding on my book broke. I don't know if that is a problem or just happened to me.
POSITIVES: For me, the joy of this book was in the appendix and extra material. Foster gives us one appendix of critical turning points in church history and another of notable figures and significant movements in church history. He begins each chapter with a chart from the time of Jesus to present that lists significant people, movements, and dates related to that tradition.
CONCLUSION: The extra material is easily worth the cost of the book. The chapters are just the added bonus on this one. I've returned to these charts for reference time and time again.
The book is not deeply theological, but does provide a broad outline of the history, characterizations, benefits and perils of each of the six major Christian traditions. While a more theologically reflective work would be helpful, Foster's is extremely accessible reading and lays a great foundation.
Of the books a person ought to read in their lifetime, this has made number three on my list (after the Bible and Bonhoeffer's "Cost of Discipleship"). It is a must read for any Christian who's perspective on the faith is pidgeon-holed into his or her own tradition.
Foster uses modern and historical/mythical persons to flesh out the strengths he ascribes to each branch of protestantism. While this approach will test readers who look down on the stories of the saints of old (he relates St. Francis' reasoning with a wild wolf in one chapter) if you can put aside modern protestant prejudices against christian mythology you'll be much the better for it.
I found the book to be a refreshing approach to integrating the major movements in Christianity. I am more mindful of the traditions of faith I did not grow up in and am attempting to incorporate their strenghts into my experience of Jesus Christ.
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No doubt this is a good book penned by a man who is extremely devoted to the Christian devotional life. Read morePublished on Dec 19 2002
Richard Foster weaves together spiritual movements in history and relates them to an individual's experience of these same "movements" spiritually. Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2002
Experience the depths of our Christian heritage with a well-balanced introduction to multifaceted themes within Christianity. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2001 by Doug F.
Richard Foster presents the six great traditions of Christianity (contemplative, holiness, charismatic, social justice, evangelical, and incarnational) by placing them in their... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2000
Foster invites us:"Come on in, the water's fine!" This new book is not only a review of the great spiritual streams of the Christian faith, but an invitation to enter... Read morePublished on July 31 2000 by David Robinson
Streams of Living Water is wonderful. I mean that literally. This book is full of wonder. This book presents Christianity as the many faceted Jewel that it is. Read morePublished on May 10 2000 by NotATameLion
Foster is a gifted writer who brings what it can mean to live life through various Christian Traditions. Read morePublished on Jan. 6 2000 by Donna J. Gould