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Challenge of the Disciplined Life

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Drawing upon practical examples, Richard J. Foster guides the reader in day-to-day ethical decision making, while helping each of us determine "the proper place in Christian life of money, sex and power".
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Published October 1st 1987 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published August 1985)
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Louis
Oct 05, 2007 Louis rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who want to reflect on their life as a whole and what motivates them.
With a title like this you wonder what Foster will say, especially when you think that this book was targeted toward people who take their faith (Christianity) seriously. You half expect him to say 'money, sex, power bad'. Of course, the real world is not that simple, and Foster lives in a complex world that has at its root a paradox that is at the core of the Christian faith: when God created the world, when he created was good. However we are fallen, and live in a fallen world. So everything h ...more
Bob
If, in our lives as followers of Christ, we could choose just 3 aspects to focus on, I can't think of better choices than Money, Sex and Power. They encompass everything that is wrong with our souls and the cause of our wandering. In this book, Foster talks about them so elegantly and his words are so applicable that it convicts and instructs to the very core.

Foster is, in my mind, the only modern writer that comes close to the genius and insight of C.S. Lewis. His words ring with such truth tha
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Garrett
While I love Foster and was deeply challenged by many of the points made in this book I was deeply disappointed by his soft and ambiguous stance on physical self-gratification. I am not trying to nit-pick but in almost every other aspect of our lives he cites how scripture calls us to strive for holiness no matter how difficult or tempting it may be to do otherwise. When it comes to physical self-gratification however, he basically writes that we should not hold ourselves to such impossible stan ...more
Shawn
This book is full of wisdom; and so my review is going to be quite long, as I am utilizing this forum primarily for preserving and cataloguing my reading. In the book, Foster asserts that the demon in money is greed, the demon in sex is lust, and the demon in power is pride. Traditionally, these demons have been combated with calls to poverty or industry, chastity or faithfulness, and obedience or order, respectively; but Foster admits these time-honored solutions are not always sufficient. This ...more
Becky Coke
This book gave me a whole new perspective on the issue of money, or mammon, which is the Aramaic term that Jesus used when he discussed money with anyone. This word gives money/wealth a personal and spiritual value, not purely a means of exchange. I learned so much about the dark/light side of money and how it really affects us so much in each of our lives and how we should choose to use money and to view it, but we usually don't.

This book also gave me a different perspective on sexuality and sp
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Diane
This book looks at Christian attitudes towards money, sex, and power, and provides guidance for everyday life. It is a good introduction, and while most of the material is available elsewhere, the author does a good job bringing it all together. He does a good job of evaluating the good and bad sides of the issues he discusses, and overall, tries to avoid the extremes of both legalism and superficial faith. I felt that on some topics, he was a bit too permissive, likely trying not to offend the ...more
Pamela Strickland
This is a balanced, practical and respectful treatment of the timeless issues and attitudes that we are immersed in and that challenge all of us. The fact that Foster exposes their deeply spiritual natures(light and dark sides) provided many 'aha' moments that have given me a more heightened awareness as I respond to these principles in real life. His 'vows' of simplicity, fidelity and service provide a framework for being more intentional in my choices and expose my core values. Thank you, Rich ...more
Jenn Raley
Richard Foster is so talented at making challenging topics relatively simple, without minimizing the challenging aspects.

In this volume, Foster tackles the quintessential challenging subjects of our time, with compassion, realism, and authority.

I highly recommend this book to any serious follower of Jesus.
Stephen
A very thoughtful and insightful book. At times, particularly in the power chapters, he slipped into more cliched analysis, and some of his writing was unnecessarily duplicative, which is what I docked the stars for. However, very good thoughts about sex, money, and power and how we interact with them. The chapters on the vows of simplicity, fidelity, and service were particularly useful.
Dora Okeyo
Read this book today- and there's a lot more on money, power, sex, poverty and women.
Richard Foster gives all these factors a new approach- it felt like having a one on one talk about topics that as a Christian I consider challenging, but still part of life.

It's a great book.
Geraldine Cooper
Not a good as I hoped, somewhat of a surface evaluation of the issues involved in these compelling topics. But it did open up the subject for thought and reflection.
Brian
if you are wanting/looking to put your faith in to every day life, this book will give you the challenges that'll come with it. really good stuff.
Maureen
this is my favorite book by foster. i think it should be used in premarital counseling.
Ariel
Didn't reach the depths I hoped, but was of value.
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