Analysis Of The Book ' Celebration Of Discipline ' Essay

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Foster, Richard J. Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1998. 9780060628390.

Content Summary In the book Celebration of Discipline the author discuses 12 essential disciplines to living an effective spirit lead life. These 12 disciplines are primarily focused on self evaluation techniques using a biblical lens as a reference point. The book is divided in three major parts and attempts to create a path to a well balanced spiritual life that will ultimately have an effect on both the physical and psychological life as well. The First Section of the book focuses on the disciplines of meditation, prayer, fasting, and study, or the “inward” disciplines. These four disciplines deal directly with the relationship of oneself and God, as well as oneself to oneself. The obvious idea here is before a person can change the worldthey must change themselves by fully submitting to the plans, beliefs, and will of God. This Can only be done by hearing the voice of God. The second section of the book focuses on the “outward” disciplines of simplicity, solitude, submission, and service. These disciplines represented the “lifestyle” disciplines. Their primary goal is to cultivate a way of living that allowed one to practice the inward disciplines and experience optimum growth. These disciplines to me had less to do with direct contact with God as much as they did with creating a healthy sustainable state of mind to allow oneself to meet…

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