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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (10,417 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard J. Foster Narrator: Richard Rohan Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2007 ISBN: 9780061337000
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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

  • “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

  • “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 

  • “This seminal work on the practice of spiritual disciplines is never outdated.”

    Revelent magazine

  • “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 Christian Book Award winner

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Caroline | 2/19/2014

    " Incredible! Convicting. Encouraging. A book I think everyone should read (and should take time reading it... don't want to rush through the lessons it teaches.) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Smoore2 | 2/16/2014

    " Every time I pick this book up, I learn something new. No complex, get holy quick schemes, just simple spiritual disciplines. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 2/13/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Cosner | 2/10/2014

    " Our small group is reading this book and if you want to get rocked and get serious about walking with Jesus. I highly reccommend digging in! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara Watson | 2/1/2014

    " BLECH! Who likes celebrating discipline.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie A | 1/28/2014

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mell | 1/22/2014

    " This was a college read, which was a time of great spiritual contemplation for me. Today- not so much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 1/21/2014

    " a really challenging but encouraging look at growing spiritually. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 1/19/2014

    " A remarkable classic - probably the highest ratio of insights and helpfulness per page of any devotional I know. Worth reading every year to keep the ideas fresh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brian | 1/19/2014

    " this book is to be read again and again and then applied again and again. read this one BEFORE you read THE CHALLENGE OF A DISCIPLINED LIFE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda | 1/17/2014

    " Despite mad cheesiness, this book actually has some really good things to say, especially for the spiritually lazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shaun Murray | 12/26/2013

    " i find myself coming back to this book a lot. richard foster does a good job explaining the necessity and process of applying spiritual discipline to your life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 12/15/2013

    " a classic i go back to in my mind - spiritual disciplines are all about creating space to meet with the grace of God in our lives "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chris Slater | 12/12/2013

    " This book strengthened and stretched me in ways that I am still trying to figure out a few years later. Amazing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Scottk | 11/1/2013

    " This book has a prominent place on my bookshelf. It has been a seasonal read for me. There have been seasons in my life when Foster's words have reoriented me by reminding me of the rhythm of spiritual disciplines. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 10/23/2013

    " A great Christian teaching book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 8/27/2013

    " A book on the spiritual disciplines. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Josh Meares | 2/4/2013

    " A bit legalistic for my taste. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 9/11/2012

    " Love, love, love this book. If you only read one non-fiction book this year, this is the one! Eye-opening, motivational, scriptural, awesome! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristi | 7/19/2012

    " Easily one of the most influential books for my spiritual life and growth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamara | 12/9/2011

    " This book was hard to read - I read it three times before everything made sense. It is a great book, full of insight. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy Johnson | 11/29/2011

    " One of my favorite books! A keeper! Richard Foster guides you in seeking a richer spiritual life and deeper understanding of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colyn | 11/9/2011

    " a must read for any Christian interested in spiritual formation "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Annie Balzer | 7/17/2011

    " I was really mixed with this one. There were some good things, but many things I disagreed with and that came across as "mystical". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bethany Dirksen | 7/16/2011

    " I can't remember if I read this entire book, but I remember really liking it. It is the book that introduced me to the idea of fasting (I didn't know people still did that!). It is much recommended. "

  • 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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