This fall I re-read one of my favourite books - Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. As I read, I was struck by the richness and depth of the book, and just how good it is. I’m a fast reader…but I had to go slow. To process, consider, journal, and put into practice what I was encountering. As I reflected on just how full this book is of good, practical (life-changing!) truth, I mused that one could easily spend a long time really digesting and applying the material, and that to do so would be incredibly worthwhile.
So, I decided I would. This year is my year of celebrating discipline! Foster’s book explores twelve disciplines of the spiritual life. They are divided into three categories – inward disciplines, such as meditation, prayer, fasting, and study; outward disciplines, which include simplicity, solitude, submission and service; and finally the corporate disciplines of confession, worship, guidance and celebration. Twelve disciplines, twelve months…I bet you can see where this is going. I plan to devote one month to each discipline. Each month I will respond to the chapter, explore practicing that discipline, reflect on my experience, and consider other authors and scripture related to the topic.
I would love it if you’d join me!!!
While the Disciplines – even the word discipline - may sound daunting and overwhelming for normal, average people, Foster encourages us that it’s those exact people that these are for. He says “God intends the Disciplines of the spiritual life to be for ordinary human beings: people who have jobs, who care for children, who wash dishes and mow lawns (1).
So, will you join me? One chapter a month. Read, respond, practice, reflect? My time in this book has already been so rewarding, and I am certain that diving deeper into the disciplines will do nothing but bless.
To kick off my year of celebrating discipline, I am giving away one copy of the book! The giveaway is open until midnight on December 31.