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In the twenty years since its publication, Celebration of Discipline has helped over a million seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. For this special twentieth anniversary edition, Richard J. Foster has added an introduction, in which he shares the story of how this beloved and enduring spiritual guidebook came to be.

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.

Foster provides a wealth of examples demonstrating how these Disciplines can become part of our daily activities-and how they can help us shed our superficial habits and "bring the abundance of God into our lives." He offers crucial new insights on simplicity, demonstrating how the biblical view of simplicity, properly understood and applied, brings joy and balance to our inward and outward lives and "sets us free to enjoy the provision of God as a gift that can be shared with others." The discussion of celebration, often the most neglected of the Disciplines, shows its critical importance, for it stands at the heart of the way to Christ. Celebration of Discipline will help motivate Christians everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

Topics: Disciples, Devotion, Christianity, Spirituality , Meditation, The Bible, Salvation, Jesus, Inspirational, Contemplative, and Guides

Published: HarperCollins on Jan 1, 1978
ISBN: 9780061800399
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Excelent book! Richard J. Foster breaks a lot of chains and wrong paradigms. He explains each spiritual discipline, why exactly are they supposed to be practiced, and different metods of how to actually practice them, even through the mayhem we call life. A must read if you hate the whole YOLO stuff, and actually want a deeper life sumerged in the Spirit.

Note: It is a must read for non-chistians too, people, go read it! :D It helps you balance your thoughts, actions, and have a sense of fullness that nothing in this phisicall life can give. read more
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The classic study and how-to manual for the traditional spiritual disciplines of the Christian church.read more
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In my opinion, this might be the single best book EVER on spiritual disciplines. I had to buy a new copy because the old ones had so many things underlined that it was hardly readable.read more
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Excellent introduction to the spiritual disciplines. Great for individual as well as group study.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An exploration of the vital, ancient Christian practices that can enrich our livesread more
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For those who want to get started on practical and "practice-able" spiritual disciplines, this is an excellent step. Foster helps us to understand how to "put ourselves in the way" of God's transformation, and to guard against guilty legalism.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A very interesting book on Christian Spirituality for the discerning reader. Some sections are very good but other sections lean heavily on the Medieval mystics which are in turn reliant on Platonic thought.read more
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Perhaps one of the mot influential book in my Christian walk. Daddy gave this to me in 2001 - it took me almost four full years to read the whole thing. Powerful and enlightening - I had never heard of or considered the spiritual disciplines. Reading this book gave me a passion for learning about them and, far more importantly, learning to practice them. I am forever indebted to my Daddy for this gift!read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Here Richard Foster lays before us the inward, outward and corporate disciplines of the Christian life. As the author writes, "The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of the person. It aims at replacing old destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits." He makes the process very practical, but that does not mean it is an easy course to follow particularly when we consider the disciplines of fasting and simplicity. The beginning point in this adventure as the author states is "a longing after God." A serious, fresh look at spiritual growth.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
In this excellent introduction, Foster leads the reader through an insightful study of the texts, traditions, and practices relevant to Christian spiritual disciplines. Celebration of Discipline examines inward (prayer, meditation, etc.), outward (simplicity, solitude, etc.), and corporate (confession, worship, etc.) practices that prepare one’s heart for spiritual growth. Foster is ecumenical and practical in his approach: a great resource. Aread more
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I had heard bad things about this book many years ago. Particularly that a lot of the disciplines outlined in this book has it's source in Eastern religions. For example contemplative prayer and meditation. After reading this book, I can assure you there is no hint of Eastern mysticism. Everything Foster mentions has it's roots in early Christianity.Overall, "Celebration of Discipline" is an excellent book. Perhaps the best in regards to the subject of spiritual disciplines. Full of great insight and practical experiences. Foster segments the book into three categories of disciplines: The Inward Disciplines, The Outward Disciplines, and The Corporate Disciplines. Within each of these categories there are four chapters, touching on everything from meditation, prayer, and solitude to service, confession, and worship. Each chapter involves a reading, questions, and Scripture readings relating to the topic addressed in the chapter.I never knew there were so many disciplines. Nor, did I know there were many ways to pray, worship, and fast. Great insight drawn from the personal experiences of the author and the experiences of other Christians. I highly recommend this book to all who are seeking a closer relationship with God and who are seeking a better way to allow God to work through them.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book can change your Christian walk. New insight on old practices.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is an amazing book. If you want to change your walk with Christ. Read this book and do the things it requires. It will be like reading an exercise book if you do it any other way. This is a book about actually DOING the disciplines and not just talking about them or observing them. Once you start the journey of doing the disciplines, your life will never be the same. I originally read this as a library book, but realized I needed to add this book to my personal collection. It sits next to my bible and I read it and refer to it all the time. It tells me how to use my bible to get closer go God. It enhances my walk and it shows me how to apply the things that I have learned in the bible to my life.Read and follow this book and be changed forever!read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A classic. When I want to be challenged in my personal intimate growth with Jesus this is where I turn. By the end it tends to get dry (as with all Foster books), but it offers so much.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Parts of it really convicting me and spoke to my spiritual. I have to be honest and say that some of it struck me as "weird" at the time, though I've matured since and should re-read.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book is phenomenal. I didn't agree with everything he said, but his advice was typically very practical for the beginner in spiritual disciplines. In addition, I could always tell that Foster meant every word he said. I especially liked the sections on Prayer, Fasting and Guidance. This is a book I will read again and again for years to come.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Deservedly a classic!I have always been surprised that so many people have purchased it since the word "discipline" carries so many negative connotations. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition the word "celebration."Foster challenged me with the discipline of solitude. At the time, one of my greatest personal fears was that some day I would be "alone." Recognizing I NEEDED solitude and silence to commune with God was so-o-o helpful spiritually.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book changed my outlook on the spiritual disciplines. Very insightful, challenging, and well written. An ageless book for all generations.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Richard Foster explains why he believes that the classical spiritual disciplines such as mediation, submission and fasting are the only true ways to promote a deep inner life and infuse it with over whelming joy. Arguably the most established contemporary spiritual classic by our most profound living religious writer.read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The best popular level book on spiritual disciplines. It is charismatic in some of its theology; sad that it takes a charismatic to write about the spiritual life; where are the Baptists, etc.?read more
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Celebration of Discipline has been both widely acclaimed and criticized. Richard Foster has been praised for his approach on the spiritual disciplines as being one of the best works on the subject matter of the twentieth century. Still others ridicule him for his misinterpretation of Scripture and the use of some works cited. Although it may not all be biblically correct, for the novice, it is an excellent resource on the use and practice of the spiritual disciplines. If it is anything, it is a magnificent compilation of quotes from an abundant cache of authors ranging from first century to the present. Many of Foster’s insights are incredible. Celebration of Discipline has been a wonderful and inspiring read. Though some of his points I cannot agree with, as with all extra-biblical literature, we are to compare and contrast with God’s truth only found in His holy Word.read more
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Excelent book! Richard J. Foster breaks a lot of chains and wrong paradigms. He explains each spiritual discipline, why exactly are they supposed to be practiced, and different metods of how to actually practice them, even through the mayhem we call life. A must read if you hate the whole YOLO stuff, and actually want a deeper life sumerged in the Spirit.

Note: It is a must read for non-chistians too, people, go read it! :D It helps you balance your thoughts, actions, and have a sense of fullness that nothing in this phisicall life can give.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The classic study and how-to manual for the traditional spiritual disciplines of the Christian church.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
In my opinion, this might be the single best book EVER on spiritual disciplines. I had to buy a new copy because the old ones had so many things underlined that it was hardly readable.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Excellent introduction to the spiritual disciplines. Great for individual as well as group study.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
An exploration of the vital, ancient Christian practices that can enrich our lives
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
For those who want to get started on practical and "practice-able" spiritual disciplines, this is an excellent step. Foster helps us to understand how to "put ourselves in the way" of God's transformation, and to guard against guilty legalism.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A very interesting book on Christian Spirituality for the discerning reader. Some sections are very good but other sections lean heavily on the Medieval mystics which are in turn reliant on Platonic thought.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Perhaps one of the mot influential book in my Christian walk. Daddy gave this to me in 2001 - it took me almost four full years to read the whole thing. Powerful and enlightening - I had never heard of or considered the spiritual disciplines. Reading this book gave me a passion for learning about them and, far more importantly, learning to practice them. I am forever indebted to my Daddy for this gift!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Here Richard Foster lays before us the inward, outward and corporate disciplines of the Christian life. As the author writes, "The purpose of the Spiritual Disciplines is the total transformation of the person. It aims at replacing old destructive habits of thought with new life-giving habits." He makes the process very practical, but that does not mean it is an easy course to follow particularly when we consider the disciplines of fasting and simplicity. The beginning point in this adventure as the author states is "a longing after God." A serious, fresh look at spiritual growth.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
In this excellent introduction, Foster leads the reader through an insightful study of the texts, traditions, and practices relevant to Christian spiritual disciplines. Celebration of Discipline examines inward (prayer, meditation, etc.), outward (simplicity, solitude, etc.), and corporate (confession, worship, etc.) practices that prepare one’s heart for spiritual growth. Foster is ecumenical and practical in his approach: a great resource. A
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
I had heard bad things about this book many years ago. Particularly that a lot of the disciplines outlined in this book has it's source in Eastern religions. For example contemplative prayer and meditation. After reading this book, I can assure you there is no hint of Eastern mysticism. Everything Foster mentions has it's roots in early Christianity.Overall, "Celebration of Discipline" is an excellent book. Perhaps the best in regards to the subject of spiritual disciplines. Full of great insight and practical experiences. Foster segments the book into three categories of disciplines: The Inward Disciplines, The Outward Disciplines, and The Corporate Disciplines. Within each of these categories there are four chapters, touching on everything from meditation, prayer, and solitude to service, confession, and worship. Each chapter involves a reading, questions, and Scripture readings relating to the topic addressed in the chapter.I never knew there were so many disciplines. Nor, did I know there were many ways to pray, worship, and fast. Great insight drawn from the personal experiences of the author and the experiences of other Christians. I highly recommend this book to all who are seeking a closer relationship with God and who are seeking a better way to allow God to work through them.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book can change your Christian walk. New insight on old practices.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This is an amazing book. If you want to change your walk with Christ. Read this book and do the things it requires. It will be like reading an exercise book if you do it any other way. This is a book about actually DOING the disciplines and not just talking about them or observing them. Once you start the journey of doing the disciplines, your life will never be the same. I originally read this as a library book, but realized I needed to add this book to my personal collection. It sits next to my bible and I read it and refer to it all the time. It tells me how to use my bible to get closer go God. It enhances my walk and it shows me how to apply the things that I have learned in the bible to my life.Read and follow this book and be changed forever!
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
A classic. When I want to be challenged in my personal intimate growth with Jesus this is where I turn. By the end it tends to get dry (as with all Foster books), but it offers so much.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Parts of it really convicting me and spoke to my spiritual. I have to be honest and say that some of it struck me as "weird" at the time, though I've matured since and should re-read.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book is phenomenal. I didn't agree with everything he said, but his advice was typically very practical for the beginner in spiritual disciplines. In addition, I could always tell that Foster meant every word he said. I especially liked the sections on Prayer, Fasting and Guidance. This is a book I will read again and again for years to come.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Deservedly a classic!I have always been surprised that so many people have purchased it since the word "discipline" carries so many negative connotations. Perhaps it was the juxtaposition the word "celebration."Foster challenged me with the discipline of solitude. At the time, one of my greatest personal fears was that some day I would be "alone." Recognizing I NEEDED solitude and silence to commune with God was so-o-o helpful spiritually.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book changed my outlook on the spiritual disciplines. Very insightful, challenging, and well written. An ageless book for all generations.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Richard Foster explains why he believes that the classical spiritual disciplines such as mediation, submission and fasting are the only true ways to promote a deep inner life and infuse it with over whelming joy. Arguably the most established contemporary spiritual classic by our most profound living religious writer.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
The best popular level book on spiritual disciplines. It is charismatic in some of its theology; sad that it takes a charismatic to write about the spiritual life; where are the Baptists, etc.?
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Celebration of Discipline has been both widely acclaimed and criticized. Richard Foster has been praised for his approach on the spiritual disciplines as being one of the best works on the subject matter of the twentieth century. Still others ridicule him for his misinterpretation of Scripture and the use of some works cited. Although it may not all be biblically correct, for the novice, it is an excellent resource on the use and practice of the spiritual disciplines. If it is anything, it is a magnificent compilation of quotes from an abundant cache of authors ranging from first century to the present. Many of Foster’s insights are incredible. Celebration of Discipline has been a wonderful and inspiring read. Though some of his points I cannot agree with, as with all extra-biblical literature, we are to compare and contrast with God’s truth only found in His holy Word.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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