This book is sure to become a “Christian Classic” if it is not already considered one. Celebration of Discipline is a practical guide to cultivating your soul, or what the author calls, the “inner life”. By suggesting that true Christian transformation is the result of certain “activities”, Richard Foster challenges readers to discipline our spirits to draw near to God.
Celebration of Discipline is a book that was required for one of my college classes on spiritual formation. It was the first book that I ever read on the spiritual disciplines. After reading dozens of books of similar nature, it stands at the book in my library that I suggest to growing Christians who want to become mature in the Christian disciplines. Each chapter is topical and offers practical steps to becoming disciplined in the areas of prayer, fasting, solitude, study, etc. Since college I’ve chosen to use Celebration of Discipline to lead small groups and leadership groups. There simply is not a book on this topic that I could recommend more.
Anytime I read a book, I ask myself “what now?” What I’m looking for are lessons I can apply from the book. After my most recent reading of Celebration of Discipline a few months ago, here are the applications I’m working to apply in my life today:
1. Challenge the Church to PRAY as I PREACH. (page 43)
2. After my daughters are asleep, go into their bedroom and pray over them as they sleep. (page 44)
3. Read a Bible book through daily for a month and keep a journal of my findings. (page 71)
4. Begin the day by praying, “Lord Jesus, as it would please you bring me someone today whom I can serve.” (page 140)