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Celebration of Discipline

Richard Foster’s excellent book, “Celebration of Discipline, The Path to Spiritual Growth”
explores many of the classical spiritual disciplines: meditation, prayer, fasting, simplicity, solitude, submission, service, confession, worship, guidance, and celebration. Foster  shares from his own experience and involvement with the Quakers. While he does quote from many of the leaders of the Friends Church he by no means limits himself to this stream of the Christian Faith. He pulls from many of the influential voices through out Christian history.

I know you might be thinking that a book about the Christian spiritual disciplines is probably quite dry and lacking lustre. That is usually what has kept me from any such titles in the past. Actually this book is quite full of energy and life. He indeed challenges the reader to consider that some of the disciplines do take some real effort, but he is so very quick to qualify these notions with the reality of the life that is behind all of these disciplines. A whole chapter is about “Celebration” and joy.

In fact he says that the discipline of celebration is a kind of linchpin to the rest. Concerning celebration Richard writes, “Celebration is central to all the Spiritual Disciplines.” “Celebration brings joy into life, and joy makes us strong. Scripture tells us that the joy of the Lord is our strength” “Joy is part of the fruit of the Spirit. Often I am inclined to think that joy is the motor, the thing that keeps everything else going. With out joyous celebration to infuse the other Disciplines, we will sooner or later abandon them. Joy produces energy. Joy makes us strong. Ancient Israel was commanded to gather together three times a year to celebrate the goodness of God. Those were festival holidays in the highest sense.  They were the experiences that gave strength and cohesion to the people of Israel.”

“The Four Loves” – C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis’s book, “The Four Loves” was a life shaping book for me. I picked this book up at a time when I started to think deeply about what relationships mean and what’s love got to do with it..

The Four Loves summarizes four different kinds of human love: affection, friendship, erotic love, and the love of God. Of all four Lewis focuses on God’s love; the kind of love that gives with no expectancy to receive in return. The whole point of this book is that this is the only perfect love. This doesn’t mean that the discussion of the other kinds of love goes without service to us. In truth is was quite eye opening to consider how the other loves work and play out in our lives. There is plenty of time in Lewis’ musings to stop and think about your own relationships. It is a deep book indeed, one I recommend to any one hungry for more out of life.

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More Lewis

Read more about Clive Staples Lewis at Wikipedia. He has been one of the most influential and accessible theologians of the 20th Century. They have an even shorter article about “The Four Loves” as well. I am certain that I will be reviewing many more of his books here on Reading Theology before too long; “Mere Christianity” and “The Great Divorce” most certainly. Thanks for reading.

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Rob Bell’s Book: Love Wins

Rob Bell has a new book coming out in one month: March 29th! I have pre-ordered this book from Amazon, and will be giving a review of the book when I have finished reading it. Bell has a unique way of communicating that keeps you challenged, intrigued, and on encouraged to follow Jesus Christ with fresh energy. You can pre-order at Amazon by just clicking on the image : )