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Devotional Classics: Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups

4.25 of 5 stars 4.25  ·  rating details  ·  1,847 ratings  ·  70 reviews
Fifty-two Christian devotional classics paired with biblical readings for individual study and group use—from Renovare, a movement committed to nurturing spiritual renewal.
Paperback, 353 pages
Published June 11th 1993 by HarperOne (first published 1993)
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Jun 26, 2008 Delonna rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christains, seekers, agnostics
Originally, I didn't want to read this book because I thought it was a bunch of dull writings by a bunch of dead white guys (I was in my mid 20's when I read it). While part of that is true (I think they're all dead), I enjoyed it until towards the end. The last few selections aren't quite as interesting to me for some reason.
Generally, this book is full of well selected spiritual writings. I encourage it to be read in a small group, but maybe that is because I like to talk!
As a Friend (Quaker),
Ridiculously challenging... contains writings by a huge selection of spiritual giants, over centuries of Christian experience. It provides an amazing perspective of Christianity from a wide variety of walks of faith - monastic to scholarly, etc. It's an awesome book for self study or group study. It has very practical, non-cliche, non-cheezy ways to make each truth a focus and practice in ones own life, and you have a whole week to soak in the truths of each chapter. Definitely the best devo boo ...more
Alumine Andrew
This book explores many Christian writers, spanning history to contemporary. Each chapter gives us an excerpt and some thought provoking comments by Foster as well as exercises we can do between studies. It has made us think and rethink, discuss and disagree and overall grown in our spiritual journey.

I enjoy reading this book every few years to regain perspective and be challenged in what can sometimes be an apathetic attitude to my faith. There is a good bibliography following each person so i
Neil Coulter

How to summarize a book that I've spent nearly two years with, looking at one reading each week? I can't imagine how much this collection of readings has shaped my life in the months that I've been reading through it. Especially as I've been through the ups and downs of administrative work, these readings have encouraged me and kept my thoughts and attitudes properly aligned. I've previously enjoyed other books by Richard J. Foster (Celebration Of Discipline, Freedom of Simplicity), and I contin

This is one of my all time favorite devotional books. It's all-star cast of "Greats" keeps me coming back year after year. This book is a wonderful introduction to renown Christian writers like C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, among others. It highlights selections from their greater works and moves through seven "streams" or traditions within Christianity: Preparing for the Spiritual Life, The Prayer-Filled Life (The C ...more
Ray Schneider
So far this is a very interesting book which I would recommend for any book club. It is designed for a personal devotional reading program with 52 readings, with related scriptures, reflection questions and author assessment/reflection after each reading. The readings are drawn from a great variety of Catholic and Protestant writers mostly well known to everyone. The book has an ecumenical intent and might be particularly well suited for mixed denominational reading groups.

Now some months later
Devotional Classics contains 52 readings from a large variety, (temporally, theologically, etc.) of authors/pastors/thinkers organized within different traditions (I.e. Contemplative, Holiness, Evangelical, Charismatic, etc.)

Designed to be used with a discussion group, note that discussion questions are included, I read it much more quickly and independently. It works well as a devotional reading guide and you'll come away with an extensive "to read" list. I see how this material would work very
Russell Hayes
At last I am finished with this book. This is an excellent compilation of portions of (mostly) classic Christian works throughout the ages, in devotional format. The authors range from Athanasius to Augustine to Bernard of Clairvaux to C.S. Lewis. The readings are not designed to be read hastily, but in a contemplative and thoughtful manner. The book is designed for one reading per week for a year, or 52 total. The selections include discussion questions and exercises for the week designed to pu ...more
Ed Belding
If you are looking for a devotional guide and you are not afraid to stray a little outside the boundaries of your own Christian tradition to be blessed by other brothers and sisters in Christ, then this is well worth reading.

This is arraigned like a "greatest hits" collection from many of the great Christian writers, theologians, mystics, and preachers throughout the centuries. They include pre-Nicene writers such as Gregory of Nyssa and John Chrysostom; Perhaps more familiar names from antiqui
A great overview of writings about the Christian faith from authors over the centuries (from early church fathers all the way up to current writers). I really loved the variety of viewpoints that you get from writers coming from all different denominations, vocations, and time periods. From St. Augustine, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross, Martin Luther, Madame Guyon, C.S.Lewis...the list goes on.

The book is set up as 52 different readings, so that you can use it in a small group or individuall
David Mills
An excellent resource for facilitating observation of personal spiritual disciplines and/or introducing groups to heart habit that will promote enhanced spiritual awareness.

This book is one more reason why Richard Foster, for helping wean Protestants away from their exclusive reliance on rational cognition and the dogmatic orthodoxy it produces, should be given a medal.
Donna Gabbard
This book of 52 weekly devotional contain excerpts from the writings of a wide variety of people.........from solid theologians (Spurgeon) to "mystics" such as Julian of Norwich. At the beginning of each week, a brief personal description was given for that week's devotional writer......which was interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the devotionals by Spurgeon, C.S. Lewis, Dietrich name a few. The devotional by Dallas Willard (of whom I had never before read) on discipleshi ...more
Michelle Butlig
This is one of my all time favorite devotional books. It is comprised of the classic great Authors! C.S. Lewis, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Teresa of Avila, Francis de Sales, Thomas a Kempis, among others. It highlights selections from their greater works and moves through seven "streams" or traditions within Christianity: Preparing for the Spiritual Life, The Prayer-Filled Life (The Contemplative Tradition), The Virtuous Life (The Holiness Tradition), the Spirit-Empowered Life ...more
Why I bought this book was to keep the names of all the authors, even though they are just excerpts from their original books, from the books I read from the Library over the years.

Such as C.S. Lewis as I have read several of his stories. I read a lot of St. Augustine, Thomas Merton on meditation, John Calvin, Thomas a Kempis, George Fox and many of their sermons, including Ignatius of Loyola, John Bunyan is embedded in the book, John Wesley, Francis of Assisi which I have modeled my life after
Foster and Smith collect devotional classics and organize them around the topic of preparing for spiritual life and then six traditions from which we all can learn and grow: the prayer-filled life the contemplative tradition); the virtuous life (the holiness tradition); the spirit-empowered life (the charismatic tradition); the compassionate life (the social justice tradition); the word-centered life (the evangelical tradition); and the sacramental life (the incarnational tradition). I found mys ...more
Devotional Classics is an excellent collection of classic Christian thought by great writers and thinkers of the past. Each of the 52 chapters includes carefully-selected excerpts from some work of a famous philosopher/writer. The editors simplify the heavy reading by organizing the classic literature into digestible parts and including commentary and questions at the ends of each selection. The book was designed to be read one chapter per week for a year. Since I am retired and have more time f ...more
An excellent book for those who would like to become familiar with the best writing about living a contemplative lifestyle. Excellent short excerpts that make good devotions from a large variety of writers.
Don't let three stars turn you away from this valuable book. It is a solid blending of works from various forms of Christian spiritual practice that will serve as a springboard for those who with to delve into deeper study in any of the areas of focus in this book. Overall I enjoyed reading it and have thought about including some of the practices presented in my own life.
Sydney Avey
Jan 24, 2014 Sydney Avey rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Sydney by: Cheryl von Drehle
Shelves: theology, anthologies
This is a book to savor. Formatted for devotional use, if readers take a year to read and contemplate the wisdom of Christian writers--from plain speaking Athanasius, who took part in the First Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. to contemporary writer Annie Dillard, who observes the magnificence of God in nature and expresses what she sees in spirit-lifting ways.

Excerpts of writings from men and women of faith are grouped into different spiritual traditions that form our thinking today. It's an educa
I will probably read this again - at least parts of it.

It's basically exerts from spiritual classics from the Christian wisdom tradition from just after the ascension of Christ to the 20th century both men and women. I highly recommend reading the whole book just because it's such a great overview. Foster (the editor) provides his own thoughts at the end of the chapter as well as discussion questions, spiritual exercises and a short bio on each author at the beginning.

My favorites include: C. S.
Great devotional for becoming familiar with various, classical, Christian authors of history. Theologically deep and challenging reading.
A very good compilation of diverse authors writing on Christian spirituality. Every once in a while I was disappointed by the editor's selection - sometimes an author's less popular work was chosen. But the book is diverse enough that everyone will find something they can relate to, and probably many things they can't. The fascinating part is that there are some points on which different authors contradict each other and have an entirely different viewpoint. Foster (the editor) did a great job s ...more
Robert Murphy
This is an exceptionally good compilation of short sections of many, many Christian authors from the last 2000 years with reflection questions at the end of each quotation. I HIGHLY recommend this book for everyone, especially pastors. I think this would make an excellent book for a small group. I think most Christians are ignorant of history and looking for more devotional material, but scared to spend the money on such unknown quantities. This will give you a taste of all the big names and all ...more
Sep 12, 2015 Gregg added it
Partial read as part of study group. Excellent, thought-provoking, and Biblical.
Melody G.
Such a great collection of writing! I need to dig it out and read it again.
Sharon Hedegard
A wonderful resource for discussions on faith and living as a Christ-follower!
Todd Brown
A great book that engage you daily to go deeper in your walk with God, and giving you practical exercises to grow in spiritual maturity, as well as in your expression of that spiritual maturation to others. A must read.
Includes readings from ancient and modern writers such as C. S. Lewis, John of the Cross, Martin Luther, John Bunyan, Francis of Assisi and Madame Guyon. Here is a great quote from Dallas Willard: "Nondiscipleship costs abiding peace, a life penetrated throughout by love, faith that sees everything in the light of God's overriding governance for good, hopefulness that stands firm in the most discouraging of circumstances, power to do what is right and withstand the forces of evil. In short, it c ...more
Paul Kelly
This book included short readings from Christian authors from the late 3rd Century to the Mid 20th Century. It spoke to me in so many ways. I had my favorites and some I didn't give as much consideration, but what a great read for steeping in the truths of the faith as they have been described by a plethora of thinkers from many sides of Christian theology. Took me a long time to get through it. Kept finding myself stopping to camp on one author or another. Definitely worth the reading.
Luke Brown
This has been a very interesting devotional, introducing several authors I liked and want to read more of. Others I didn't see eye to eye with, as they seemed to imply that you must do some of these things or your faith is inadequate. That's a fine line - some practices can be helpful for spiritual discipline for me, but I should not impose them on someone else if they have other disciplines that are helpful for them.
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Richard J. Foster is the author of several bestselling books, including Celebration of Discipline, Streams of Living Water, and Prayer, which was Christianity Today's Book of the Year and the winner of the Gold Medallion Award from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association. He is the founder of Renovaré, an intrachurch movement committed to the renewal of the Church in all her multifaceted ...more
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