Celebration of Discipline, by Richard J. Foster

celebration of discipline

This is at least the second time I have read this book, and possibly the third.

Foster’s Celebration of Discipline is kind of the launching point for the modern day spiritual disciplines movement. It is a great book for anyone who wants to get an overall view of the “classic” disciplines and how to practice them in daily life.

Foster breaks the disciplines down into three categories. First, he discusses the inward disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study. Then he goes into the outward disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service. Finally, he delves into the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration.

I’m currently ready to begin practicing these disciplines seriously in my life, and am glad to be able to read this book again, to refresh my memory, as well as motivate my spirit. I had forgotten so much of what was in this volume, and to read it again was very refreshing and inspirational. And, there is a veritable plethora of other resources mentioned in this book, from the Desert Fathers to modern day authors such as Dallas Willard.

I highly recommend this book for anyone who is either simply curious about the disciplines or who is serious about beginning to practice them.

TTFN, y’all!

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