Celebrating the Disciplines: A Journal Workbook to Accompany Celebration of Discipline

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For those who want to develop a deeper, more joyful inner life through the practice of Christian spiritual disciplines, this one-year journal-workbook helps readers find new ways to reflect on, experience, and integrate the disciplines into their lives.
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Overview

For those who want to develop a deeper, more joyful inner life through the practice of Christian spiritual disciplines, this one-year journal-workbook helps readers find new ways to reflect on, experience, and integrate the disciplines into their lives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060698676
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/1992
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 282,184
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

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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The Spiritual Disciplines-
Door to Liberation

The Spiritual Disciplines are intended for ourgood. They are meant to bring the abundanceof God into our lives.
Celebration of Discipline, p. 9*

Reading: Celebration of Discipline, Chapter 1
Reading notes

Reflecting on the Spiritual Disciplines

Read through the chapter in one sitting, and, in the space provided, write down any significant thoughts or questions that occur to you. After you have finished this first reading, take time to gather your thoughts about the journey ahead into a deeper life. You might find it helpful to read the chapter through a second time a little later on, and then return to portions of it throughout the week--as often as time and desire permit--to refresh your thoughts. Use the following questions to help guide your thinking.

  • Why are you embarking on this journey into the Disciplines of spiritual growth?
  • What are some of the most significant spiritual experiences you have had in the past (positive or negative) that are shaping your expectations or apprehensions in starting this journey?
  • What are your hopes for your experiences as you work through this book in the months ahead?
  • What are the anxieties or questions you have as you look ahead?
  • In what areas of your life are you seeking greater liberation?

A Light for the Path

In Psalm 42:1-2, the psalmist beautifully expresses one of the most elemental of all human longings:

As a deer longs for flowing streams,
so my soul longs for you, 0 God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall Icome and behold
the face of God?
  • How would you describe your own spiritual longings?

Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.... But that freedom of Christian living does not come from the human spirit. No human capacities or possibilities or strivings of any kind can achieve this freedom.

When it happens that man obtains that freedom of becoming a hearer, a responsible, grateful, hopeful person, this is not because of an act of the human spirit, but solely because of the act of the Holy Spirit. So this is, in other words, a gift of God.

-- Karl Barth

THE PRACTICE OF THE DISCIPLINES

The Disciplines are means to receiving Divine grace, not exercises in selfimprovement. As you begin your journey through the Spiritual Disciplines, take time this week to prepare by affirming God's presence with you.

Consider spending ten minutes in silent listening to God or taking a short "prayer walk." Use any of the following suggestions as you find them helpful for focusing your time with God:

  • Reflect with thanksgiving on the presence of the Spirit in your journey through the Disciplines.
  • Invite God to direct your thoughts regarding your expectations for the journey and where it might lead.
  • Ask God to refresh your perspective on why it is important to practice the Disciplines.
  • Ask God to give you an appropriate orientation of the heart regarding the purposes of your journey.

Journal Reflection

Use this section to write down your most significant thoughts or experiences from this week, unless you prefer to use a personal journal you may already be keeping. If you would like, use the following "reflection points" as springboards for your thoughts.

  • Reflection point: What insights from Foster's discussion of the Spiritual Disciplines are most relevant to you personally? With which do you agree or disagree most strongly?
  • Reflection point: What significant experiences, encounters, conversations, or thoughts have you had this week related to your focus on the Spiritual Disciplines?
  • Reflection point: Record any significant questions or insights triggered by the questions suggested in "Reflecting on the Spiritual Disciplines" or by the ideas listed in "The Practice of the Disciplines."
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  • Posted March 9, 2009

    Excellent companion

    This workbook is a wonderful companion to the hardcover "Celebrations". It is organized so that it can be used for a year-long study. The first section takes the reader through each of the disciplines during the first quarter of the year; then extended study time is given to each group of disciplines.

    The questions are thoughtful; and he gives practical suggestions for beginning to incorporate each discipline into your life.

    It is a highly effective workbook. If you are going to read Celebrations, or if you have already read it, I recommend buying this and giving yourself the luxury of a year spent in becoming familiar with these disciplines, so that you may place yourself in the path where God can find you.

    As Foster says, in and of themselves the disciplines are useless; and, if they are pursued for themselves alone they can be dangerous. But if you study and practice the book in the way he suggests and intends, you will indeed find yourself walking down that path of grace.

    Go for it!

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