A brief Review
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is a book by Foster, Richard J., published by Harper San Francisco on 1998 October 1. The book is of 256 pages.
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth has helped several readers to lead a richer spiritual life with joy and peace. The book gives an excellent understanding of God and has been read by millions of people who seek spiritual advancement. Author has also added an introduction to this book telling the birth history of the book. The book is deemed by thousands as the best work on Christian spirituality and is an excellent guide to spiritual disciplines, and practices. The book defines the true methods to attain spiritual growth according to the Christian faith. The author divides his classic disciplines into three typical movements of the Spirit and he explains how each of these movements would help attain a balanced spiritual life. Foster examines the disciplines and fundamental truths regarding prayer, fasting, and meditation and has included several studies for self examination, repentance and change. According to the author, these disciplines are the only way through which a person can attain spiritual perfection. According to the book, service, charity, meekness and simplicity are the outward disciplines of spiritual life that would help a Christian to make this world a better place. The corporate disciplines of a spiritual life, however, include confession, worship, celebration which would make a Christian come close to God and close to one another. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth is an excellent Christian classic or a comprehensive guide to Christian spiritual disciplines (Richard, 1998).
Foster said that “Christian meditation, very simply, is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey his word.” This quotation is very important as meditation is one of the most crucial areas of spiritual life. Foster mentions obedience and holiness as integral for meditation, meditation being the quiet time in which we can listen to the still and small voice of Holy Spirit. He explained meditation as a detachment from the world and said that “The detachment from the confusion all around us is in order to have a richer attachment to God (Richard, 1998).”
Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth has numerous strengths. It would help a weak Christian to become powerful in his spiritual life. The book is highly informative and is a must read for all Christians. The book has included plentiful examples and quoting. The book is influential enough to awaken a Christian to excel in his prayer and spiritual life. Few people opine about this book as a hard theology (Richard, 1998).
Foster, Richard J (1998) Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth
(Harper: San Francisco).