Book Review: Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth by Richard Foster
I recently read one of the book’s doodah cited, Celebration of Discipline. Richard Foster says spiritual disciplines not only help us order and influence our inward life, they also help us order and influence our outward life.
The twelve disciplines are divided into three areas of influence: inward, outward and corporate.
These are not sure-fire methods or quick techniques that will help a seeker come into God’s abundant presence. Rather they are more like slow-cooker processes that need time and diligence to flow into our inward being to bring their intended purpose of a “life of relationship and intimacy with God.”
 Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline, (New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998), p5.
I loved the idea that the practice of these disciplines is effective in overcoming deeply entrenched sin (aka a stronghold). I was pleasantly surprised and hopeful to read that overcoming is not simply a matter of willpower.
This is the teaching I heard from a former church and former friends. I knew I was willing to change and despite trying many avenues some sin refused to budge. I couldn’t see the Philippians 2:13 promise applying to me. I knew that either I was wrong or God was.
Or maybe there is a third option, maybe some of the teaching I had was wrong. While I haven’t devoted enough time yet to these disciplines, I have a tiny hope that maybe this is the way to overcoming entrenched and so unwelcome sin and having an ongoing, intimate relationship with God.
I am looking forward to learning more from you all through the Holy Spirit’s leading.