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The making of an ordinary saint : my journey from frustration to joy with the spiritual disciplines

Author: Nathan Foster
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Michigan : Baker Books, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Nathan Foster was just a child when his father's classic Celebration of Discipline brought the spiritual disciplines into the popular evangelical consciousness. More than thirty years later, Nathan made his own journey into the spiritual disciplines. As he sought day by day to develop habits that would enable him to live more like Jesus, he encountered problems both universal and unique. In this engaging narrative,  Read more...
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Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Nathan Foster
ISBN: 9780801014642 0801014646
OCLC Number: 869268900
Description: 205 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction: Beginnings --
Understanding submission --
Submission : submitting to the will of wind and children --
Understanding fasting --
Fasting : hunger in dark rooms --
Understanding study --
Study : practicing my failures --
Interlude: Discipline hazard #1 : the self-hatred narrative --
Understanding solitude --
Solitude : souvenirs from the void --
Understanding meditation --
Meditation : cooking chemicals in my head --
Understanding confession --
Confession : my redemption tour --
Understanding simplicity --
Simplicity : the gift of boredom --
Understanding service --
Service : can I be your martyr? --
Interlude: Discipline hazard #2 : my inner Pharisee --
Understanding prayer --
Prayer : gifts from Bill --
Understanding guidance --
Guidance : embracing the desert --
Understanding worship --
Worship : responding to the divine spark --
Understanding celebration --
Celebration : tattooed joy --
Conclusion: Endings and new beginnings.
Responsibility: Nathan Foster.

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Nathan Foster was just a child when his father's classic Celebration of Discipline brought the spiritual disciplines into the popular evangelical consciousness. More than thirty years later, Nathan made his own journey into the spiritual disciplines. As he sought day by day to develop habits that would enable him to live more like Jesus, he encountered problems both universal and unique. In this engaging narrative, he draws insights from saints of old to uncover fresh ways of living for the contemporary, postmodern Christian. Through his successes, struggles, and failures, Foster invites readers on a journey of freedom, pain, frustration, and ultimately joy as he learns to rise above selfish desires, laugh at his own failures, and fall in love with God. Those who have read Celebration of Discipline will find in Nathan's book creative new ways to practice the disciplines that have been so formative in their lives. Those who are new to the spiritual disciplines will find that developing a vital, interactive, conversational relationship with God is within their grasp. As a result, the holy habits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control are truly possible for all. Includes chapter openings and a foreword from Richard J. Foster.

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