Selected Readings on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines
The Brightest Lights of the Christian Tradition
St. Augustine, Thomas Merton, Fredrick Buechner, Evelyn Underhill, A.W. Tozer, G.K. Chesterton, Thomas More, Martin Luther King, Jr., Amy Carmichael, Simone Weil, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Hildegard of Bingen, John Milton, Dorothy Day, Leo Tolstoy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and more. . .
From nearly two thousand years of Christian writing comes Spiritual Classcs,fifty–two selections complete with a profile of each author, guided meditations for group and individual use, and reflections containing questions and exercises. Editors Richard Foster and Emilie Griffith offer their expertise by selecting inspirational writings and including their own commentary and recommendations for further guided reading and exploration.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Length is its Greatest Strength
This book is long. Really, really long. But somewhere in the middle I realized that its length is also one of its greatest strengths. The exposure to so many classic Christian writers was, naturally, amazing and inspiring. But when you hear the word of God time and time again, eventually a part of it starts to sink in. A part about God’s presence and God’s hope and God’s love. This book is powerful and gentle at the same time.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ So Many Gems in this Book
Wow, loved this book – especially the entries by Catherine Marshall about “fasting” from criticalness and by GK Chesterton on being “light”. Love his quote: “It’s easy to be heavy; hard to be light.” So many gems in this book – life changing.
♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ Great Gift to Christians
Richard Foster has given a great gift to Christians with his two volumes of readings from Christian history: Devotional Classics, and this one, Spiritual Classics. Spiritual Classics is organized according to the spiritual disciplines, as Foster outlines them in Celebration of Discipline. Some of the readings fit exactly the discipline theme, while others seemed to have a more tangential connection to the disciplines under which they were grouped. Each reading is short (I think generally shorter than the readings in Devotional Classics, though I could be mistaken), and is prefaced by an introduction to the author’s biography and followed by discussion questions, a commentary by Richard Foster, and a bibliography of recommended readings by or about that author. I’ve used this book as personal devotional reading, but I imagine it would be great with a book club or small group also.