A couple of weeks back, we completed a series at Eastbrook Church on spiritual growth called “Let’s Grow.” With Will Branch, we addressed issues such as being made for growth, growing through difficulties, and barriers to growth.
Alongside of the Bible, the most important book I have read about spiritual growth in my life is the book Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. When I first encountered Foster’s book, I was a relatively new Christian and his understanding of both the underpinnings and practicality of spiritual growth changed my life. I still readily recommend this book to people who are looking to develop a deeper life with God.
I recently came upon a free copy of this book in hardcover. It has highlighting in the first chapter but is clean after that point. Reply to this blog post stating why you would benefit from this book. By the end of the day Friday, I’ll select someone at random and send this book to you for free.
In the book, Foster looks at twelve key spiritual disciplines, or spiritual practices, that help us draw near to God. These include inward disciplines (meditation, prayer, fasting, study), outward disciplines (simplicity, solitude, submission, service), and corporate disciplines (confession, worship, guidance, celebration). Foster understands that these practices do not guarantee spiritual growth, but also knows that “the Disciplines allow us to place ourselves before God so that he can transform us” (7).