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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: August 2004 ISBN: 9780060784546
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Richard J. Foster’s Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is hailed by many as the best modern book on Christian spirituality with millions of copies sold since its original publication in 1978.

In Celebration of Discipline, Foster explores the "classic Disciplines," or central spiritual practices, of the Christian faith to show how each of these areas contribute to a balanced spiritual life.

Foster, the bestselling author of several books (Prayer and Streams of Living Water) and intrachurch movement founder of Renovaré, helps motivate Christians 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 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 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 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 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! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 1/26/2014

    " Wow. A thought provoking, challenging book on developing spiritual disciplines. This is one of those I need to read at least twice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam Parker | 1/21/2014

    " Highly practical book without all of the theological language fluff. A great book for those who are looking to deepen their walk with the King. With certainty, one of the most life applicable books I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 1/21/2014

    " As someone who didn't grow up a Christian, his practical guide of how to use a discipline was extremely helpful. The chapters on meditation and prayer were especially meaningful to me. However, there were several parts that were just plain rambling. Some sections could have even been cut. Still a good book though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 1/17/2014

    " This book is potentially life changing. Thanks to those of you who recommended it to me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren Jespersen | 12/31/2013

    " Foster is just so classic and just soo good... love his writing, love his ideas..just like his other books, they are meant to re-read "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jewel | 12/29/2013

    " A powerful contemporary book that discusses the path to spiritual growth by means of inward, outward, and corporate disciplines. The best spiritual disciplines book that I have ever read. Convicting, inspiring, instructive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna Salahub | 12/24/2013

    " Brilliant and very practical book. It not only biblically explains all the discipline, but also gives suggestions about the ways to practice them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 12/23/2013

    " The classic textbook on spiritual practices. Very challenging to actually practice...but a good, insightful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison Chapin | 12/16/2013

    " Wonderful book to get you growing in a number of spiritual disciplines to draw you closer to God. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 11/28/2013

    " A great Christian teaching book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin Michelle | 9/25/2013

    " This book illuminated the places in my life where fleshly desires were running rampant and has brought a new clarity and hunger for spiritual growth and discipline. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ingrid | 9/25/2013

    " I love John Foster's down to earth philosphy and practical way that he applies the work to daily life.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 7/11/2013

    " This is the single best book in the category of spiritual disciplines! I found it to be just as engaging the third time around as the first two times! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew Fulford | 6/3/2013

    " Excellent practical direction in the spiritual disciplines, with the odd bit of Quaker theology coming out in a few places. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tony | 3/19/2013

    " The information that I came across in this book has and will change my life forever. There is so much that I have yet to experience. This book is a great framework to learn about developing a closer, more fulfilled walk with your Heavenly Father. I learned a lot about early followers of Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zach | 5/29/2012

    " Excellent guide to the spiritual disciplines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 4/16/2012

    " One of the most important books I've ever read, this masterpiece calls us to use the spiritual disciplines to help us draw closer to God in a world determined to draw us away. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimie | 4/11/2012

    " Wow... I hardly ever write comments or reviews, but this book is life-changing. It's getting to the heart of worship and a true relationship with Christ that brings a sincere and constant joy and peace into your life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Curtiss | 11/7/2011

    " The most important spiritual formation book I have read. Systematically treats prayer, meditation, fasting, study, and other spiritual disciples in an accessible way. If I could only have one christian book besides the Bible, it would probably be this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally Stanfill | 10/6/2011

    " Truly the greatest spiritual book I have ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Stadler | 10/4/2011

    " The content of this book was incredible. The writing was a little difficult to follow at times due to the innumerable references to other authors and books. I still would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to delve deeper into the disciplines associated with a deeper walk with Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellen Michaud | 7/4/2011

    " An amazing book that teases the mind and draws the spirit. With great clarity, Richard Foster takes the reader by the hand and leads him or her into the paths of righteousness. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 6/13/2011

    " This will be at least my 6th or 7th time To go through Foster's book. I learn from it every time. And I'm always challenged to develop more of the disciplines in my life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh | 5/23/2011

    " A bit legalistic for my taste. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 5/22/2011

    " Classic twentieth-century guide to a deeper inner life and joy. As the title implies, discipline is not negative but positive. Foster explores twelve approaches to inner, outer and corporate discipline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 3/14/2011

    " I have read and reread this book many times. I think it is a great resource for the practicals of how to practice spiritual disciplines. I don't agree with all of Foster's teaching and theology, but I have found the book tremendously helpful in my walk with Christ. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 3/7/2011

    " Life changing perspective and Biblical teaching "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Drew | 3/6/2011

    " A mixed bag. It had some great stuff. But there was a lot about the book that I disliked. Sometimes the things he says just come across as pretentious in my opinion. I read it because so many people speak highly of it, but I came away thinking that the hype for this book is not justified. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MT | 2/7/2011

    " Prefer the 1978 original edition... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 2/6/2011

    " Requires reading again and again as your life changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 1/25/2011

    " Foster explains the why and how-to of Christian disciplines like prayer, study and memorization. This is not just a book to read, it is a book to DO. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrina | 1/10/2011

    " Very good. I am re-reading it this year. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sean-david | 1/10/2011

    " Simply put- if you have not read this-you should. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/28/2010

    " Reading slowly. It's making me think. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tim | 12/28/2010

    " A classic on the explanation and practice of more traditional disciplines. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 12/25/2010

    " classic book on Christian spiritual formation. I love Richard Foster and give thanks for him! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Luke | 12/25/2010

    " Classic text on spiritual formation and disciplines. "

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About the Author
Author Richard J. Foster

Richard J. Foster, a Quaker, is the executive director of the Milton Center and professor of theology and writer in residence at Friends University. He is the author of Freedom of Simplicity and The Challenge of the Disciplined Life, as well as study guides to both books. He lives in Wichita, Kansas with his wife, Carolynn, and two children, Joel and Nathan.