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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,377 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Foster Narrator: Richard J. Foster Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Since its publication in 1978, Celebration of Discipline has helped millions of seekers discover a richer spiritual life infused with joy, peace, and a deeper understanding of God. Hailed by many as the best modern book written on Christian spirituality, Celebration of Discipline explores the classic “disciplines,” or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith.

Dividing the spiritual disciplines into three movements of the spirit, Foster shows how each movement contributes to a balanced spiritual life. The inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study offer avenues for personal examination and change. The outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service prepare us to help 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 the spiritual 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.” Celebration, often the most neglected of the disciplines, is revealed as critically important, for it stands at the heart of the way to Christ. Celebration of Discipline will help motivate people everywhere to embark on a journey of prayer and spiritual growth.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “If everybody in the country could read—and heed—this book, what a difference it would make to the planet.”

    Madeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time

  • “Like a child exploring the attic of an old house on a rainy day, discovering a trunk full of treasure and then calling all his brothers and sisters to share the find, Richard J. Foster has ‘found’ the spiritual disciplines that the modern world stored away and forgot, and has excitedly called us to celebrate them. For they are, as he shows us, the instruments of joy, the way into mature Christian spirituality and abundant life.”

    Eugene H. Peterson, author of Leap over a Wall

  • “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, OSB, 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen Kurlin | 2/13/2014

    " This is probably one of the greatest books I have ever read on the subject of spiritual discipline. I am only halfway through this book so far, but I can't believe all that I've learned so far. I am in a class at my church and we are using this book for our year-long class. I can't wait to finish reading this book. I look forward to applying all the principles I'm reading about in this book to my daily life and walk with God. Great, great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jeremy | 2/6/2014

    " It's not a page turner, but it is the best treatise on spiritual disciplines I've found. I think that it should be required reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Leslie A | 2/6/2014

    " One of the most inspiring and practical books on Christian living. I think I need to reread! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Toby | 2/6/2014

    " This is a wonderful book. In Christian life, we know that there are disciplines and things that we can incorporate into our lives, and rarely, someone might tell us what they are. But no one tells us *how* to do them! This book provides an overview of the importance of each of several spiritual disciplines, but more importantly, it provides some basic advice on the practical nature of *how* to do these things. I am very much looking forward to reading this again, and studying it to extract the marrow of wisdom that it has to offer. A must read for all Christians! "

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