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Celebration of Discipline

by Richard J. Foster

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.

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth

by Richard J. Foster

Discussion of the central spiritual disciplines of the Christian faith. Guide to the sacraments and how to practice and benefit from them. Written to appeal to all audiences.

Devotional Classics: Selected Readings For Individuals And Groups

by Richard J. Foster

A New, Expanded Edition of Renovaré's Classic Companion to the Devotional Life Updated to incorporate all six traditions, or "streams," that comprise a healthy and holistic life of faith, these fifty-two selections have been organized to introduce the reader to the great devotional writers over the course of one year. Edited by James Bryan Smith, each reading is accompanied by an introduction and meditation by Richard J. Foster. In addition, each entry includes a related biblical passage, discussion questions, and individual and group exercises. With devotional readings in 1. The Prayer-Filled Life 2. The Virtuous Life 3. The Spirit-Empowered Life 4. The Compassionate Life 5. The Word-Centered Life 6. The Sacramental Life Foster and Smith sift through works from the great spiritual writers of the past as well as readings from contemporary spiritual leaders to create a guide that is indispensable for those looking for a deeper and more balanced spiritual life.

Freedom of Simplicity:

by Richard J. Foster

A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual discipline for the health of our soul.

Freedom of Simplicity

by Richard J. Foster

Written in the same warm, accessible style as Richard Foster's best-selling "Celebration of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity articulates a creative, more human style of living and points the way for Christians to make their lives "models of simplicity." Foster provides a way to rethink our priorities and to "seek first God's kingdom and his righteousness." He shows us how to live in harmony with the rich complexity of life while stressing the relation of simplicity to prayer, solitude, and all the Christian Disciplines.

Freedom of Simplicity:ition

by Richard J. Foster

A revised and updated edition of the manifesto that shows how simplicity is not merely having less stress and more leisure but an essential spiritual discipline for the health of our soul.

Life with God

by Richard J. Foster

Too often, our study of the Bible focuses on searching for specific information or some formula that will solve our pressing needs of the moment. But what if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform us?That's exactly the idea behind Life with God, Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline and general editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves--mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will--to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God.With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.

Life with God

by Richard J. Foster

Too often, our study of the Bible focuses on searching for specific information or some formula that will solve our pressing needs of the moment. But what if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform us? That's exactly the idea behind Life with God, Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline and general editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves--mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will--to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God. With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.

Life with God

by Richard J. Foster

Too often, our study of the Bible focuses on searching for specific information or some formula that will solve our pressing needs of the moment. But what if we approached the Bible differently, and instead of transforming the text to meet our needs, allowed it to transform us?That's exactly the idea behind Life with God, Richard J. Foster's much-anticipated book on the Bible. Foster, bestselling author of Celebration of Discipline and general editor of The Renovaré Spiritual Formation Bible, claims that God has superintended the writing of Scripture so that it serves as the most reliable guide for Christian spiritual formation. According to Foster, the Bible is all about human life "with God." As we read Scripture, we should consider how exactly God is with us in each story and allow ourselves to be spiritually transformed. By opening our whole selves--mind, body, spirit, thoughts, behavior, and will--to the page before us, we begin to grasp all the Bible has to teach about prayer, obedience, compassion, virtue, and grace and apply it to our everyday lives to achieve a deeper relationship with God.With a wealth of examples and simple yet crucial insights, Life with God is an indispensable guide to approaching the Bible through the lens of Christian spiritual formation, revealing that reading the Bible for interior transformation is a far different endeavor than reading the Bible for historical knowledge, literary appreciation, or religious instruction.

Money Sex and Power Study Guide

by Richard J. Foster

This helpful guide to Money, Sex & Power, Richard J. Foster's sequel to his bestselling Celebration of Discipline, expands the discussion of key issues and explores ways to move the principles involved into the arena of practical experience.This study guide offers a series of brief, incisive essays, followed by scriptural passages, that focus on what the Bible has to say about the three central themes of supreme importance in modern society. Study questions facilitate careful reading of Money, Sex & Power to reach a deeper understanding of how these subjects relate to the life of the individual, society, and the churchThis compact, helpful handbook -- designed for personal reflection or group study -- offers a systematic program for learning more fully how "we, as followers of Christ, are to deal with the many ethical choices we face almost daily."The author also provides an annotated bibliography of readings that open avenues for further study and reflection.

Money Sex and Power Study Guide

by Richard J. Foster

This helpful guide to Money, Sex & Power, Richard J. Foster's sequel to his bestselling Celebration of Discipline, expands the discussion of key issues and explores ways to move the principles involved into the arena of practical experience. This study guide offers a series of brief, incisive essays, followed by scriptural passages, that focus on what the Bible has to say about the three central themes of supreme importance in modern society. Study questions facilitate careful reading of Money, Sex & Power to reach a deeper understanding of how these subjects relate to the life of the individual, society, and the church This compact, helpful handbook -- designed for personal reflection or group study -- offers a systematic program for learning more fully how "we, as followers of Christ, are to deal with the many ethical choices we face almost daily." The author also provides an annotated bibliography of readings that open avenues for further study and reflection.

Prayer - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Richard J. Foster

Winner of numerous honors, including Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association Gold Medallion Award, this life-changing book shows how each of the various forms of prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others.

Prayer - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Richard J. Foster

Winner of numerous honors, including Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association Gold Medallion Award, this life-changing book shows how each of the various forms of prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others.

Prayer - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Richard J. Foster

Winner of numerous honors, including Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association Gold Medallion Award, this life-changing book shows how each of the various forms of prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others.

Prayer - 10th Anniversary Edition

by Richard J. Foster

Winner of numerous honors, including Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the Evangelical Christian Publishers' Association Gold Medallion Award, this life-changing book shows how each of the various forms of prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others.

Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home

by Richard J. Foster

Explores the three "movements" of this central spiritual practice, offering a sensitive, warm, and compelling primer that helps us understand, experience, and follow its many forms. Foster clarifies the prayer process, answers common misconceptions, and shows the way into prayers of contemplation, healing, blessing, forgiveness, and rest. This accessible, rich, and reliable guide shows how each of the various forms of prayer can move us inward into personal transformation, upward toward intimacy with God, and outward to minister to others.

Richard J. Foster's Study Guide for "Celebration of Discipline"

by Richard J. Foster

Brief, incisive essays clarify key issues raised in Celebration of Discipline and encourage a fuller understanding and practice of the spiritual disciplines.

Richard J. Foster's Study Guide for "Celebration of Discipline"

by Richard J. Foster

Brief, incisive essays clarify key issues raised in Celebration of Discipline and encourage a fuller understanding and practice of the spiritual disciplines.

Seeking the Kingdom

by Richard J. Foster

Millions have embarked on the path to spiritual growth through Richard Foster's acclaimed Celebration of Discipline. For the many who are inspired to pursue the disciplines in daily life, Foster now offers these devotions for the journey of faith. Filled with key passages from many of his bestselling books, along with thoughtful reflection, Seeking the Kingdom presents Foster's wise counsel and direction concerning the challenges and rewards of the Christian life. Covering topics such as "stillness and worship" "corporate guidance," and "what stops us from praying?," Foster explores the three movements of the spiritual life: the movement inward to personal transformation, the movement upward to intimacy with God, and the movement outward to minister to others.

Seeking the Kingdom

by Richard J. Foster

Millions have embarked on the path to spiritual growth through Richard Foster's acclaimed Celebration of Discipline. For the many who are inspired to pursue the disciplines in daily life, Foster now offers these devotions for the journey of faith. Filled with key passages from many of his bestselling books, along with thoughtful reflection, Seeking the Kingdom presents Foster's wise counsel and direction concerning the challenges and rewards of the Christian life. Covering topics such as "stillness and worship" "corporate guidance," and "what stops us from praying?," Foster explores the three movements of the spiritual life: the movement inward to personal transformation, the movement upward to intimacy with God, and the movement outward to minister to others.

Six American Novelists of the Nineteenth Century: An Introduction

by Richard J. Foster

Essays on James Fenimore Cooper, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, William D. Howells, and Henry James.

A Spiritual Formation Workbook -ition

by Richard J. Foster James Bryan Smith

This beginning workbook for Spiritual Formation Groups features guidelines for starting a group, study plans for the first nine sessions, and a questionnaire that helps map the way ahead. Based upon six major dimensions of the spiritual life found in the life of Christ and Christian tradition: The Contemplative Tradition - The Holiness Tradition - The Charismatic Tradition - The Social Justice Tradition - The Evangelical Tradition - and The Incarnational Tradition, this workbook program provides all the necessary ingredients to start and maintain a Spiritual Formation Group. Successfully used by thousands of Spiritual Formation Group participants, A Spiritual Formation Workbook has been completely revised to correlate with Richard J. Foster's Streams of Living Water. Its new and updated exercises and teachings offer fresh perspectives on Christian faith and practice.Christian in perspective and ecumenical in breadth, RENOVARÉ (from the Latin, meaning "to renew") is an effort committed to the renewal of the Church. Founded by bestselling writer Richard J. Foster, RENOVARÉ provides individual churches with a balanced, practical, effective small-group strategy for spiritual growth.

Streams of Living Water

by Richard J. Foster

The author of the bestselling celebration of discipline explores the great traditions of Christian spirituality and their role in spiritual renewal today. In this landmark work, Foster examines the "streams of living water" -- the six dimensions of faith and practice that define Christian tradition. He lifts up the enduring character of each tradition and shows how a variety of practices, from individual study and retreat to disciplines of service and community, are all essential elements of growth and maturity. Foster examines the unique contributions of each of these traditions and offers as examples the inspiring stories of faithful people whose lives defined each of these "streams."

Year with God

by Richard J. Foster

Many people are longing to find the footprint of God in their daily lives. This beautiful daily companion is comprised of 365 selections of scripture, commentary, meditations, and daily exercises to help readers see how they can bring their entire life into a life with Immanuel - a God who is with his people. In Richard Foster's best-selling book, Celebration of Discipline, he explored the "classic disciplines," or central spiritual practices of the Christian faith. Foster showed that it is only by and through these practices that the true path to spiritual growth can be found. In A Year with God, the spiritual disciplines are presented in such a way that does not destroy the soul but enables the reader to enter into a transforming life with God. Through daily spiritual exercises and meditations, A Year with God explores eighteen spiritual disciplines. 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 one to make the world a better place. The corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance, and celebration bring one nearer to others and to God. Each discipline will be given twenty days of readings, beginning with scripture and followed by commentary, a meditation, and a spiritual exercise. Practicing these spiritual disciplines will help readers live intentionally, contributing to a more balanced spiritual life and a reformation of the inner self.

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