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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Vendor: HarperOne
Publication Date: 1998
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.75 (inches)
ISBN: 0060628391
ISBN-13: 9780060628390

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Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, Life with God, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovaré, an organization and a movement committed to the renewal of the church of Jesus Christ in all its multifaceted expressions, and the editor of The Life with God Bible.

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“If everybody in the country could read—and heed—this book, what a difference it would make to the planet.”
“Foster has challenged us to see Christian faith … as a life of spiritual transformation.”
“Foster has taught me more about prayer and living faithfully than just about any other living author.”
“This seminal work on the practice of spiritual disciplines is never outdated.”
“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.”
“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.”

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  1. Former New Ager
    Mid-Atlantic
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Beware of this book: Teaches New Thought principles
    January 14, 2018
    Former New Ager
    Mid-Atlantic
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    I have read through this book a few times and parts of it several times. I am disturbed by some of the content. Foster was mentored by Agnes Sanford, who had been deeply involved in New Thought and never got rid of those views even as a professing Christian. Foster clearly adopted some of her New Thought ideas.

    If I had to list here all the New Thought examples Foster uses in COD, it would take up too much time and space. So here are just a few New Thought references from the 20th Anniversary edition of the book, 1998. I placed an asterisk * in front of each point.

    *Foster, clearly in an approving manner, quotes a New Thought concept from New Thought teacher and writer Emmet Fox, p. 5

    Foster teachers affirmation techniques as prayer, such as stating I release and I surrender, using your hands to release, p. 31

    We are working with God to determine the future, p. 35 (the second such statement on this page)

    Prayer should be like a command to those we are praying for, p. 37 (as when Jesus and the apostles healed people and told them to walk, stand up, etc.)

    Although Foster admits there is a time to pray for God's will, he deems it not necessary all the time, such as doing the command prayers. In those situations, he considers asking for God's will to be indecisive, tentative, half-hoping, p. 37. In New Thought, it is taught not to ask for God's will because prayer is more of a technique than an actual petition to a personal God. The New Thought God is more of a principle than personal. On a pro-Foster site, it states that Foster teaches we need to listen to God to know his will and then pray in that will instead of saying if it is your will to God (quote and source found below under Resources).

    Praying for others requires that we let God's life and power flow through us into others, p. 38 (Sanford often writes about channeling God's power in healing)

    We can determine if we are praying correctly if the requests come to pass, p. 38

    Imagination often opens the door to faith, p. 41 (by imagination he means visualization)

    Visualization and affirmations are given as prayer in several examples from pages 41-45

    More visualization techniques are taught, including if you see people entering church who seem downcast, visualize them in God's light with their burdens falling from their shoulders. Foster teaches this as intercession, p. 163

    Foster, without giving any biblical basis for it, writes that our imagination is sanctified (25-26) and therefore, we should use visualization in prayer. Notice the technique he advocates, which is exactly the same as is found in New Thought and the New Age:

    Quote==... I was once called to a home to pray for a seriously ill baby girl. Her four-year-old brother was in the room and so I told him I needed his help to pray for his baby sister. ... He climbed up into the chair beside me. Lets play a little game, I said. Since we know that Jesus is always with us, lets imagine that He is sitting over in the chair across from us. He is waiting patiently for us to center our attention on Him. When we see Him, we start thinking more about His love than how sick Julie is. He smiles, gets up, and comes over to us. Then lets both put our hands on Julie and when we do, Jesus will put His hands on top of ours. Well watch and imagine that the light from Jesus is flowing right into your little sister and making her well. Lets pretend that the light of Christ fights with the bad germs until they are all gone. Okay! Seriously the little one nodded. Together we prayed in this childlike way and then thanked the Lord that what we saw was the way it was going to be (Celebration of Discipline, 1978, p. 37). ==Found at goo.gl/EgLBD5

    Foster apparently learned about visualization, affirmations, channeling God's power, verbal commanding as prayer, and inner healing principles from Sanford.

    There are numerous other problems with the book which would take me probably 100 hours to write out. For example, aside from quoting some heretical mystics and many early Quakers (see *note below), Foster writes as though we should expect God to give revelation to us just as he did to Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Isaiah (16-25). He completely ignores the fact that God appointed these men as prophets and that we now have God's completed word. This reveals Foster's grave lack of biblical understanding as well as a concerning lack of discernment.

    *Foster teachers affirmation techniques as prayer, such as stating I release and I surrender, using your hands to release, p. 31

    *We are working with God to determine the future, p. 35 (the second such statement on this page)

    *Prayer should be like a command to those we are praying for, p. 37 (as when Jesus and the apostles healed people and told them to walk, stand up, etc.)

    *Although Foster admits there is a time to pray for God's will, he deems it not necessary all the time, such as doing the command prayers. In those situations, he considers asking for God's will to be indecisive, tentative, half-hoping, p. 37.

    [In New Thought, it is taught not to ask for God's will because prayer is more of a technique than an actual petition to a personal God. The New Thought God is more of a principle than personal. On a pro-Foster site, it states that Foster teaches we need to listen to God to know his will and then pray in that will instead of saying if it is your will to God (quote and source found below under Resources).]

    *Praying for others requires that we let God's life and power flow through us into others, p. 38 (Sanford often writes about channeling God's power in healing)

    *We can determine if we are praying correctly if the requests come to pass, p. 38

    *Imagination often opens the door to faith, p. 41 (by imagination he means visualization)

    *Visualization and affirmations are given as prayer in several examples from pages 41-45

    *More visualization techniques are taught, including if you see people entering church who seem downcast, visualize them in God's light with their burdens falling from their shoulders. Foster teaches this as intercession, p. 163

    *Foster, without giving any biblical basis for it, writes that our imagination is sanctified (25-26) and therefore, we should use visualization in prayer.

    Notice the technique below that Foster advocates, which is exactly the same as is found in New Thought and the New Age:

    Quote==... I was once called to a home to pray for a seriously ill baby girl. Her four-year-old brother was in the room and so I told him I needed his help to pray for his baby sister. ... He climbed up into the chair beside me. Lets play a little game, I said. Since we know that Jesus is always with us, lets imagine that He is sitting over in the chair across from us. He is waiting patiently for us to center our attention on Him. When we see Him, we start thinking more about His love than how sick Julie is. He smiles, gets up, and comes over to us. Then lets both put our hands on Julie and when we do, Jesus will put His hands on top of ours. Well watch and imagine that the light from Jesus is flowing right into your little sister and making her well. Lets pretend that the light of Christ fights with the bad germs until they are all gone. Okay! Seriously the little one nodded. Together we prayed in this childlike way and then thanked the Lord that what we saw was the way it was going to be (Celebration of Discipline, 1978, p. 37). ==Found at goo.gl/EgLBD5

    ***Comments***

    Foster apparently learned about visualization, affirmations, channeling God's power, verbal commanding as prayer, and inner healing principles from Sanford.

    There are numerous other problems with the book which would take me probably 100 hours or more to write out. For example, aside from quoting some heretical mystics and many early Quakers (see *note below), Foster writes as though we should expect God to give revelation to us just as he did to Moses, Elijah, Jeremiah, and Isaiah (16-25). He completely ignores the fact that God appointed these men as prophets and that we now have God's completed word. This reveals Foster's grave lack of biblical understanding as well as a concerning lack of discernment.

    I advise you not to read this book or give it to others. Foster, being Quaker, also incorporates Quaker principles and contrary to what many may think classical Quakerism is not Christian. Quakers do not hold the bible as authoritative and believe that all men have an "inner light" to guide them.
  2. Doc
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not for the spiritually lazy
    December 7, 2015
    Doc
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Foster's CELEBRATION OF DISCIPLINE speaks soberly and wisely to Christians who hunger and thirst for a closer walk with our Lord. I am leading an adult Sunday School class in a careful study of Foster's book, and we are all feeling stretched and challenged to grow spiritually. The author puts his finger right on the reasons saintly Christians through the ages have continued and recommended these practices.
  3. Mike
    Graymont, Il.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Celebration of Discipline: The Path To Spiritual Growth
    September 21, 2015
    Mike
    Graymont, Il.
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This book was recommended to me by a Pastor friend as a book that influenced his life. It was down to earth and accessible, and an affirmation of many spiritual gems that I had mined myself over the years in my walk with Christ, and it encouraged me to dig deeper for even greater rewards...
  4. Swdog
    Sw MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    gets ya thinking
    February 23, 2015
    Swdog
    Sw MN
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    This book is being used in a group to improve ourselves in our walk with Jesus. Good stuff.
  5. Jennifer Strege
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Celebration of Discipline
    February 2, 2015
    Jennifer Strege
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Excellent book with great insight on the spiritual disciplines.
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Q: What's the difference between this version and the original printings? I have two copies of the original book and my college class is expecting me to purchase the Anniversary Ed. If there is no significant difference I would like to know before purchasing the rest of my textbooks."Celebration of Discipline" Richard J. Foster

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The only difference between this book and the earlier editions is an introduction in which Richard J. Foster shares the story of how this book came to be.

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